Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chris Herrmann Delivers Grand Slam in Twins 10-3 Win over Angels; Zack Cozart's 4-for-4 Lead Reds past Giants, 9-3

Players of the Day for Tuesday, July 23, 2013

American League
Chris Herrmann

Minnesota scored seven runs in the 10th inning to take their second straight on the road from the still-struggling Angels.

The scoring outburst was punctuated by rookie catcher Chris Herrmann's grand slam, leading to the 10-3 victory.

The blast was just the second of Herrmann's brief major league career. Herrmann had two singles prior to the slam, going 3-for-5 for the game. He's played in just nine games, but is batting a brisk .409, with nine hits in 22 at-bats.

The Twins will go for the sweep of the Angels Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 pm PDT.

National League

Zack Cozart
Splitting a double-header with the Giants, the Cincinnati Reds dropped another 1/2 further behind the Central division-leading Cardinals, but are still just five games out, with plenty left to play, including 10 more meetings with St. Louis, seven of which will be played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Zack Cozart went 4-for-4 in the opener, a 9-3 win for the Reds, prior to dropping the nightcap, 5-3, an unusual situation due to the game being a make-up, in which the Reds were the home team at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

Cozart got the Reds on the board in the second inning with the first of his four hits, singling home a run and scoring later as Cincinnati plated four runs in the frame. Cozart singled and scored again in the third, belted a solo homer in the fifth and singled again in the seventh to complete his night of plate perfection.

The series wraps up Wednesday night at 7:10 pm PDT in San Francisco.

Today's Trivia: Speaking of Mike Schmidt - a three-time NL MVP, how many times did he lead the NL in home runs? (answer tomorrow)

Yesterday's Answer: Even though Mike Schmidt hit many more homers than Brooks Robinson (548-268), the Baltimore hot-corner Hoover played for 23 years - five more than Schmidt - and amassed 2848 hits, to Schmidt's 2234.

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