Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crisp Homers Twice, Drives in Five to Down Yanks; Nick Evans Helps Mets End Five-Game Slide

Players of the Day for Wednesday, August 24, 2011

American League

Coco Crisp is not a power hitter, but it would be difficult to convince the NY Yankees of that after what he accomplished in Oakland's 6-4 win Wednesday night.

Coco Crisp
In ten seasons of major league ball, Crisp has hit 74 home runs, and up until Wednesday he had only hit two in one game once.

Make that twice. Crisp launched a solo shot in the opening inning against C.C. Sabathia, to start a perfect night at the plate - 4-for-4 with a walk - which ended with Crisp's second home run, a booming, 3-run, game winning stroke to right field in the top of the 10th.

Crisp drove in five of the A's six runs, including the go-ahead run in the 8th with a single, though the 3-2 lead was quickly erased when Mark Teixeira belted his 35th home run in the bottom half of the inning.

Sabathia was seeking his 18th win, but did not earn a decision. The loss dropped the Yankees a full game behind Boston in the AL East devision. The Red Sox pounded the Rangers, 13-2.

National League
Nick Evans

The New York Mets scored four runs in the first inning and seven over the first five innings to avoid being swept by the Phillies, winning the series finale, 7-4.

Wracked by injuries all season long, the Mets have had to go deep into their bench and farm system to field a competitive team. The latest star is first baseman Nick Evans, who has played in only 27 games this season, but went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the victory.

After Lucas Duda got the Mets started with a run in the first inning on a bases-loaded fielder's choice, Evans picked up the remaining baserunners with a three-run homer, just his second of the season and drove in another run with a double in the fifth.

Still, the win snapped a five-game losing streak and left the Mets hopelessly out of any pennant race, 22 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East.

The Phillies maintained their 6 1/2 game lead over the Braves in the division, as Atlanta fell to the Cubs, 3-2.

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