Saturday, April 28, 2012

Carlos Gonzalez Drives in Six as Rockies Dump Mets, 18-9; Seattle's Michael Saunders Slams Blue Jays

Players of the Day for Friday, April 27, 2012

American League

Seattle may not be a match for the Rangers in the AL West division race, but thus far in the season, they've shown a bit of spunk, like the way they handled the Blue Jays in the opener of a three game series in Toronto.

Saunders: 2HR, 5RBI
Michael Saunders hit a pair of homers in the 9-5, 10-inning victory, including a grand slam in the extra inning that got the Mariners over the .500 mark (11-10) and into a tie with Oakland for second place, 4 1/2 games behind Texas.

Entering the ninth, Seattle trailed, 5-3, but put together a couple of runs on Saunders' solo shot and John Jaso's RBI single. Dustin Ackley was thrown out at the plate trying to score the go-ahead run, setting up Saunders' heroic slam in the 10th.

Saunders has been with the Mariners organization since 2005, getting his first taste of the big league in 2009. This year, as the regular center fielder, he's batting .254 with three homers and 11 RBI.

National League

Baseballs were flying all over Coors field Friday night, as the NY Mets and Colorado Rockies opened a three-game series by wearing out each others' bullpens.
Gonzalez: HR, 6RBI

The Mets banged out 17 hits off six Colorado pitchers, but the Rockies proved much more efficient, turning their 19 hits into 18 runs (also off six pitchers) - including 11 in the fifth inning alone - doubling up the Mets, 18-9.

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As usual, Carlos Gonzalez was right in the middle of the action, going 3-for-6, driving in six runs with a three run homer and a couple of singles. Four of Gonzalez's RBI came in the fateful fifth, when the Rockiea 6-2 deficit into a 13-6 advantage. The Rockies sent 16 men to the plate in the frame, including Gonzalez twice, who delivered a three-run homer and a two-run single. Gonzalez had produced the Rockies' first run of the game with a ground-out RBI in the first inning.

The win put the Rockies in second place, 3 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. Gonzalez upped his RBI total to 15, good for a tie for sixth with Atlanta's Freddie Freeman.

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