Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tulowitzki heats up
Troy Tulowitzki knocked in seven of the Colorado Rockies nine runs Wednesday in their 9-6 win over the San Diego Padres. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tulowitzki is the second player in MLB history with more than 10 home runs and more than 25 RBI in any 14 games of September/October (Hank Greenberg did it in 1940 with 12 HR and 31 RBI). He also tied Ralph Kiner (1949) for the most home runs through the first 15 games of September with 11 (hit two on Wednesday). The Rockies’ club record for homers in a month is 12, accomplished most recently by Matt Holliday in 2007.
In the Los Angeles Angels 7-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, Bobby Abreu stole his 20th base of the season. Abreu now has 20 SB in 12 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in the majors.
- The Tampa Bay Rays moved back into first place in the American League East after posting a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees Wednesday. This was the fifth time in the last six meetings the game was decided by one run, including all three games in this series in Tampa (they play a four-game set in New York beginning Monday, September 20). Dan Johnson’s go-ahead HR in the bottom of the seventh inning – his second HR of the game – was the game-winner. Four of his five HR this season have come against the Yankees and Red Sox.
While the Rays own the edge in victories in their season series against the Yankees this season these two teams have battled each other extremely close. The Rays have outscored the Yankees by just two runs, while both teams have 19 home runs, and 121 hits in the 14 games they have played against each other.
Tyler Colvin hit his 20th HR for the Chicago Cubs against the St. Louis Cardinals. Colvin is just the 4th Cubs rookie all-time to hit 20+ home runs.
- Justin Maxwell of the hit his third career grand slam in the Nationals’ 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Maxwell has nine career home runs, three of them are slams. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to hit three slams in his first 9 career homers was David Eckstein (2001-02).