Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mark Trumbo Leads Angels to 9-8 Win over Yankees; Ty Wigginton Powers Phils Past Mets

Players of the Day for Monday, May 28, 2012

American League

Mark Trumbo
The LA Angles won their seventh straight, defeating the visiting NY Yankees in a wild, 9-8, win getting back to .500 (24-24) for the first time since April 9, when they opened the season with a 2-2 record.

Mark Trumbo ended the marathon, 25-hit jamboree with a walk-off, solo homer off Yankee reliever Cory Wade in the bottom of the ninth.

Earlier, Trumbo stroked an RBI ground rule double and scored in the bottom of the first, helping erase a 3-0 Yankee edge, as the Angels tallied four in the bottom of the frame.

In the third, he tripled and scored again, as the Angels eventually built an 8-5 lead, but gave it up when the Yankees scored three runs in the seventh.

Trumbo finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs and would have hit for the cycle if he had a single, but all of his hits went for extra bases.

The win left the Angels clearly in second place, 6 1/2 behind the Rangers in the AL West, while the Yankees stayed 2 1/2 behind the Rays and Orioles in the East.

National League

Wigginton: 6 RBI
Ty Wigginton has been around. Always a productive hitter, he's been with seven different teams since breaking in, in 2002 with the Mets. During the past off-season, Wigginton went to Philadelphia after spending a season in Colorado with the Rockies, and the Phillies are happy to have him on board, especially since two of their best hitters, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, haven't played yet this season, both sidelined with injuries.

In Monday's game against the Mets in New York, Wigginton boosted his value, going 3-for-3 with six RBI and two runs in an 8-4 Phillies' win. He got things started in the third with a two-run double, broke a 4-all tie in the seventh with an RBI single and put the game away with a three run homer in the top of the ninth.

The result kept the Mets 2 1/2 behind the Nationals in the NL East, tied with Miami for second place. The Phillies are even with Atlanta, four games out. Philly and New York continue their three game series Tuesday and Wednesday at Citi Field.

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