Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Guerrero Drives in 5 Over O's; Rowand, Giants Continue Hot Pursuit
Players of the Day for Monday, August 17, 2009 American League Racing to what appears to be their third straight NL West title, and 5th in the last 6 years, the LA Angels finished off their 4-game series in Baltimore, maintaining their 4 1/2 game lead over the Texas Rangers by beating the O's for the third straight night, 8-5. Driving in 5 runs with a pair of home runs - the 5th and 6th bombs in his last 10 games - Vladimir Guerrero continues to drive the Angels to wins. With the Angels up, 3-2 in the 6th inning, Guerrero launched his first moon shot of the night with one aboard to deep center off starter David Hernandez to put the Halos ahead 5-2. In the next inning, after Nick Markakis narrowed the lead to 5-3, Guerrero teed off again, this time with two on base, sealing the deal for the Angels and a 3-game-to-1 series win. National League While the Dodgers were losing at home to the Cardinals, 3-2, San Fran took advantage, notching a 10-1 win over the injury-ridden NY Mets. Spearheading the attack was Aaron Rowand, who has done everything ask of him for the Giants this season, including leading off the order on many occasions and playing a very steady center field. In this outing, the last of a 4-game series which ended in a 2-2 split, Rowand was down in the 7-hole, though that by no means diminished his effort, as he went 4-for-5, including a solo homer in the 4th, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Rowand and the Giants drew to within 1 game of second place Colorado and 5 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.