Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pena Pounds O's in Extra Frame; Phillips Hits Lift Reds

Players of the Day for Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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American League Baltimore rookie Brian Matusz was just cruising along, shutting out the Rays over 7 full innings, his teammates helping forge a 3-0 lead. Pitching into the 8th, Matusz got Willy Aybar swinging for his 8th strikeout for the first out of the inning. It would prove to be his last as he allowed four straight singles to Tampa batters and was pulled. Two more singles and a double later, the Rays finished up the top of the 8th leading 5-3. After Baltimore scored 2 to even the score at 5 in the bottom of the 8th, the two teams played a scoreless 9th before Carlos Pena uncorked his second home run of the year, a 3-run shot to right that put the Rays up for good. Baltimore managed only a single run in the bottom frame, coming out on the losing end of an 8-6 tally. In addition to his game-winning blast, Pena had singled twice earlier, once in the crucial 8th, driving in a run. Pena finished up 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and a run. He has 7 RBI to go with his .308 average.
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National League The Cincinnati Reds needed a Joey Votto RBI single and a bases-loaded walk to Scott Rolen to knock down the Marlins, 10-8, in 10 innings, but it was Brandon Phillips who had the big night at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a pair of singles, 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Phillips doubled and scored in the 8th to put the Reds up 8-5 before the Marlins tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Cody Ross' 3-run blast. Phillips had also scored in the first on Jonny Gomes home run and his single in the 11th kept the inning alive. Possibly the best pure hitter on the team, Phillips entered the game batting a woeful .185. After his four hits, his average shot up to .273.

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