Thursday, April 13, 2017

Orioles Swamp BoSox As Trey Mancini Belts A Pair; Stephen Piscotty Drives St. Louis Win

Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

American League

On Tuesday, the Orioles were rocked by the Red Sox, 8-1, but, on Wednesday, they got their just desserts, hammering five homers out of Fenway Park in a 12-5 revenge win.

Mancini: 2 HR, 4 RBI
The five dingers, two of which were produced off the bat of rookie left fielder, Trey Mancini, all came in the first three innings as the O's built a 9-0 lead, mainly off knuckle-baller Steven Wright, who was victimized for eight earned runs on eight hits over a mere 1 1/3 of an inning.

In total, the Orioles racked up 17 hits against five Red Sox throwers.

Mancini keyed a five-run first inning via a three-run blast to center field, then completed the home run barrage with a solo shot over the Green Monster in the third. The rookie has played in five games for the O's this season and is currently batting .267. The homers were the first two of the season for the 6'4" right-handed slugger.

Piscotty: 5 RBI
The Orioles head to Toronto for a four game series beginning on Thursday, while the Red Sox host the Pirates in a make-up game from an April 6 rain-out.

At 5-2, the Orioles lead the AL East by one game over Tampa Bay.

National League

The St. Louis Cardinals got a little banged up the at the opening of the season, especially when they visited the Washington Nationals, losing the first two of their three-game series by scores of 14-6 and 8-3.

On Wednesday afternoon, however, life as a Cardinal got a little bit better as St. Louis took the final game, 6-1.

Starter Mike Leake threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, striking out seven en route to his first win of the season, but it was right fielder Stephen Piscotty who carried the day, going 3-for-5 with a single, double and a ninth inning three-run homer to cap the game off, driving in five of the six Cardinal scores.

Piscotty doubled in the first run in the first inning and singled home the third run in the fifth. The homer was the first of the year for Piscotty, who is batting .273, precisely what he hit in 582 at-bats last year.

The St. Louis win was their third of the season against six losses, placing them last in the NL Central division. Washington fell one game behind the Mets in the NL East. St. Louis heads to New York for a three-game series with the Yankees starting on Friday.

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