Saturday, May 30, 2009

Scott Keeps Raking for O's; Marquis Blanks Padres

Players of the Day for Friday, May 30, 2009 American League Baltimore's Luke Scott has broken out in a big way. On Friday, Scott led the O's to their fifth straight win, a 7-2 thumping of Detroit, currently the AL Central Division leader. Scott pounded a grand slam in the 3rd inning and a solo homer in the 5th - both off Tiger starter Dontrelle Willis - to amass five more RBI (27 on the year), adding a single to complete a perfect 3-for-3 night at the plate. Scott's six-game hitting streak includes these numbers: 13-for-19 (.684), 6 home runs, 14 RBI, 10 runs. He's raised his batting average from .264 to .336. Pretty good. National League Things haven't gone very well for the Colorado Rockies in 2009, having won just 19 games this season while losing 28, dropping them to last place in the NL West. Starter Jason Marquis, however, is having a stand-out year, having accounted for more than a third of all Rockies' wins, hiking his record to 7-3 on Friday with an 8-inning shutout performance over the Padres for a 3-0 win. Making efficient use of his 106 pitches, Marquis scattered 6 hits, walked 4 and struck out 6. Now with his 4th team (Atlanta, St. Louis and Chicago were the first three), Marquis retains a winning profile at 86-73 lifetime.

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