Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quentin Drives in 6 as ChiSox Rout Jays; Victorino 4-for-5 as Phillies Roll

Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 14, 2010 American League White Sox batsmen took care of business on Wednesday, banging out 15 hits against 5 Toronto pitchers in an 11-1 pounding of the Blue Jays in Toronto. Leading the onslaught was Carlos Quentin, who had six RBI on a grand slam homer and two-run double in 5 at-bats, boosting his season's RBI total to 10. Quentin, who spent much of the 2009 season nursing injuries, seems to have regained the form that earned him All-Star status and the Silver Slugger Award in 2008, when he battered AL pitchers for 36 homers and 100 RBI. That's more good news for the power-laden White Sox, who may be fielding a team with as many as 6 20-homer guys, including Gordon Beckham, Andruw Jones, Paul Konerko, Mark Teahen, Alex Rios and Quentin. The Sox are 4-5, 2 games out of first place in the AL Central. National League Threatening to run away with the NL East division, the Philadelphia Phillies put on another offensive display with a 14-7 beating of the lowly Washington Nationals, banging out 14 hits, 10 of them by the first four batters in the lineup. Center fielder Shane Victorino, batting in the leadoff spot (usually reserved for Jimmy Rollins), appeared to enjoy the spotlight, as he banged out a couple of singles, a triple and a home run in 5 at-bats. Not only was Victorino getting on base, he was driving home runs (5 RBI) and scoring as well, crossing the plate 3 times. Off to a slow start, the move to the top of the order may have been just the tonic Victorino needed, boosting his batting average from .161 to .250. Victorino's homer came with one aboard, the triple was a bases-loaded job. Rollins was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a calf injury. The Phillies own the best record in the major leagues, at 7-1. They are 2 1/2 games in front of Florida in the division.

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