Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Joey Votto Hammers Two Homers vs. Mets; Carlos Quentin Bangs a Pair for ChiSox
Players of the Day for Monday, July 5, 2010 American League Carlos Quentin continues to produce for the WhiteSox, bashing a pair of homers and driving in three runs in Chicago's 9-2 win over the Angels. Quentin, who struggled at the start of the season, is making up for lost time. The two homers in Monday's game gave him seven over his last 13 games and upped his RBI total to a respectable 53. With the Tigers winning over Baltimore and the Twins idle, Detroit has - for the moment - taken over first place in the AL Central, with the Twins 1/2 back and the White Sox only a game out. Opening their four-game series with a win over the Angels, the Sox are in the midst of what should be one of the best pennant races in the majors. For LA, the loss was another missed opportunity to gain ground on the Rangers, who continue to lead them by 3 1/2 games. Texas lost, 9-3, to Cleveland on Monday. National League The Reds have won five of their last six, are in first place (by two games over the Cardinals) and Joey Votto leads the National League in home runs with 21. So why isn't Votto on the All Star team? Well, he plays first base, a position long-dominated by Albert Pujols. Then there's Philly's Ryan Howard and Milwaukee's Prince Fielder who also ply their trades at first base. So, Votto is the 4th best first baseman in the league, maybe, but he does have more homers than any of them (Pujols has 20). Votto took some of his frustration out on the NY Mets, banging a pair of long balls - both solo shots - to give him the NL lead as the Reds beat up Mike Pelfrey and downed the Mets, 8-6. Votto also doubled and walked in 4 at-bats, scoring three times and driving in two. His 59 RBI leads the Reds and is tied for 4th in the NL, with Ryan Howard.