Friday, April 9, 2010
Belliard, Dodgers Sock Pirates; Cabrera Wrecks KC
Players of the Day for Thursday, April 8, 2010 American League It didn't take long for Miguel Cabrera to forget about the sorry end to last season and begin bringing the big lumber to the plate. Already locked into what is shaping up to be one of the best pennant races in the majors, the Tigers are tied with the Indians in second place at 2-1, a half-game behind 3-1 Minnesota and the a game ahead of the White Sox, at 1-2. Cabrera had two hits in each of his first two games, and doubled his total with a 4-for-5 performance in Detroit's 7-3 win over Kansas City. After singling twice and being left stranded, Cabrera connected on his 2nd homer of the season in the 8th, a 3-run shot that turned a 2-1 Tiger deficit into a 4-2 lead that Detroit would not relinquish. He also singled home another run in the 9th, giving him 4 RBI on the night. Cabrera has 8 hits in 14 at-bats, for a splendid .571 batting average.
This season, the Dodgers aren't sporting the look of so many successful LA teams which won with pitching and defense. No, the 2010 Dodgers are built for power and they showed some of it off last night by hammering the Pirates, 10-2.
Pittsburgh took the first two games of the series from the Dodgers, so all they accomplished was not getting swept, but the rest of the league should take notice that they banged out 16 hits, 13 of them by the first five batters in the lineup.
Getting the most mileage from his plate appearances was Ronnie Belliard, batting 5th, who went 3-for-5, scored twice, drove in 4 runs and fell just a single short of hitting for the cycle. Belliard homered in the 5th with a man aboard, drove in another run in the 7th with a triple and plated one more with a double in the 9th.