On Tuesday July 13th, 2009, 8 sluggers battled it out for the chance to be named the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion. Many people of St. Louis believed it would be their hometown hero Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, but he barely managed to advance to the second round, forced to a swing-off between him, Carlos Pena of the Rays, and Joe Mauer of the Twins. Albert was able to come out victorious in the swing-off after Pena only hit 1 and Mauer, zero.
It was just announced today that Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays was added to the AL All Star Roster, filling in for Boston’s Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia is going to miss the Mid-Summer Classic and choose to stay home with his wife Kelli, who is due to give birth to their first child. I’m actually glad to see that Pena was added to the roster because how can you lead the league and homeruns(24) and not make it? Pena will also be the 8th player, that was unknown until today, to participate in the HomeRun Derby. I guess I have to update my most recent post about my predictions for the HomeRun Derby…
In 3 1/2 hours of convincing baseball on Tuesday, CC Sabathia and the Bronx Bombers reaffirmed that the past two weeks have not been a fluke. They hit as well as they pitched, they pitched as well as they hit, and they bundled all of that into a 10-2 victory at the Metrodome. I have to say that last night was probably one of the best offensive nights for the Yanks as every starter picked up at least one hit. However, not one of the Yankees 16 hits left the Metrodome, showing how well the team was able to hit with runners in scoring position. C.C. Sabathia pitched one of the greatest, if not the best, game this year allowing just 1 run on 3 hits through 7 innings.
|a-Cabrera, Me, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||1||4||.246|
|Matsui, H, DH||3||0||1||1||2||0||2||.268|
|a-Popped out for Damon in the 7th.|
2B: Cano (22, Baker, S), Cervelli (3, Dickey).
3B: Gardner (5, Dickey).
TB: Jeter; Damon; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Matsui, H; Swisher; Cano 3; Gardner 5; Cervelli 3.
RBI: Matsui, H (39), Cervelli 2 (9), Teixeira (62), Rodriguez, A (44), Swisher (44), Cano 2 (45), Gardner 2 (15).
2-out RBI: Matsui, H; Teixeira; Swisher; Cano 2; Gardner 2; Cervelli.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Swisher 2; Rodriguez, A; Cano 2; Jeter; Ransom.
SF: Cervelli; Rodriguez, A.
Team RISP: 7-for-17.
Team LOB: 12.