Sorry for the late post today…
I know I’ve put a lot of Giants’ players up here recently, but, until they stop hitting home runs to help them win important games, I don’t have much choice. Jose Bautista did hit two home runs yesterday to get up to 52 on the year, and Alex Rodriguez did hit two homers to catch and surpass Sammy Sosa on the all-time home run list, but Pat Burrell deserves the nod for hitting a two-run home run in support of Tim Lincecum‘s brilliant start. The Giants would end up beating the Rockies 2-1. They continue to lead the Padres by a half-game in the West.
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There were 32 home runs hit across the league last night (with 8 alone in the Yankees/Red Sox tilt), but no single trot came in as all that slow. Miguel Cabrera walks away with the slowest trot of the day at 25.46 seconds. There were four other trots in the 24-second range.
Considering just how many inside-the-park home runs we’ve had this year, it’s definitely been a while since our last one. According to my list on the right, our last inside-the-parker was on August 16, when Jose Bautista beat out a play by the A’s. Of course, that inside-the-parker was officially ruled a standard-variety home run after the game, so it may not count. If not, the last true insid-the-parker was on August 7, when Rickie Weeks pulled it off against the Astros. Willie Harris‘ inside-the-parker last night, which only happened thanks to the confusion of Braves centerfielder Nate McLouth after the ball bounced off the wall, is either the 18th or 19th of the year, depending on your interpretation. His 15.38 second trot time puts him square in the middle of the road in the list.