Saturday, April 24, 2010

Morales Swats 2-Run Homer to Down Yankees; Padres Win 7th Straight on Gonzalez Slam

Players of the Day for Friday, April 23, 2010 American League The LA Angels have long been a thorn in the side of the Yankees, and Friday night was more of the same as Kendry Morales blasted a two-run, game-winning homer off reliever Joba Chamberlain in the bottom of the 8th. LA won the game 6-4. Morales was 3-for-3 on the night, driving in the first run of the game with a single in the 1st and scoring in the 3rd after being hit by a pitch prior to his heroic homer in the 8th. The drive was the first baseman's 3rd of the season and upped his RBI total to 13. His perfect night at the plate improved his batting average to .303. As for Chamberlain, the hard-throwing righty who's become a "project" again this season, it was his first loss of the year, but by far his worst performance. He allowed 3 hits and the game winning runs after coming on to start the 8th with the score tied. Chamberlain is carrying a 3.86 ERA and has 10 Ks in 9.1 innings. National League Upside-down would be the best way to describe the standings in the NL West. The Dodgers dropped into a tie for last place with the Diamondbacks while the surging San Diego Padres won their 7th straight, dropping the slumping Reds by a 10-4 tally in Cincinnati. The Padres jumped on the Reds early, scoring 4 runs in the 2nd and added two more in the 4th. Cincy starter Brendan Arroyo then left the game with no outs and two aboard. Micah Owings relieved, but allowed a Jerry Hairston Jr. single to load the bases for 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who cleared the bases with his 4th homer of the season, a grand slam that finished the Padres' scoring. Gonzalez added a single to go 2-for-4, with 4 RBI, giving him 11 on the year and a .327 batting average. It was the second grand slam of his career. San Diego leads the division by a game over the Giants, with Colorado 2 back and the Dodgers and D-Backs 3 out.

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