Jim Thome hit a twelfth-inning bomb to break a scoreless tie and give the Twins another victory and to move past Frank Robinson into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time home run list. Joey Votto hit a tenth-inning walkoff homer to extend the Reds lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. I’m giving Home Run of the Day honors, though, to San Diego’s Yorvit Torrealba, whose third-inning solo shot was the lone run in the Padres 1-0 victory over the Giants. It broke a tie between the two clubs atop the NL West. The Padres will try to defend that 1-game lead this afternoon, while the Giants hope to end the four game series in San Diego back atop the division.
(Click “Read More” to continue reading.)
Hideki Matsui homered for the Angels yesterday, but the camera didn’t give us a good view of his trot. The only time I could manage was 25.8 seconds, but that was well after he had stepped on home plate and ran toward the dugout. I already mentioned Torrealba up top. The second slowest trot belonged to Thome, who clocked in at 24.26 seconds, while the third slowest trot belonged to, surprisingly, Ichiro Suzuki with a 24.03 second trot.
The only trot, out of sixteen, to come in under twenty seconds yesterday. Joey Votto‘s walkoff came in at 21.07 seconds, which is pretty remarkable, considering how much he admired the home run from home plate and considering how much he had to slow down while approaching his teammates at the plate. They didn’t show him on the basepaths, but that’s obviously some quick trotting (see video).