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HOMERLOGO
Batter Team (B) Inning Pitcher Team (P) Situation
Gary Matthews Jr. (3) Angels 1st Jon Lester (4) Red Sox 0 on, 1 out, 0-0
Gary Matthews Jr. (4) Angels 5th Jon Lester (5) Red Sox 0 on, 0 out, 3-2
Casey Kotchman (6) Angels 6th Craig Hansen (1) Red Sox 0 on, 2 out, 4-4
David Ortiz (3) Red Sox 5th Jon Garland (4) Angels 1 on, 1 out, 2-4
Hanley Ramirez (7) Marlins 1st Jeff Bennett (2) Braves 0 on, 0 out, 0-0
Mike Jacobs (7) Marlins 1st Jeff Bennett (3) Braves 1 on, 2 out, 1-0
Matt Diaz (2) Braves 2nd Andrew Miller (3) Marlins 0 on, 0 out, 1-3
Jason Bay (4) Pirates 5th Todd Wellemeyer (6) Cardinals 1 on, 1 out, 2-4
Jacque Jones (1) Tigers 3rd Frank Francisco (1) Rangers 0 on, 1 out, 5-5
Miguel Cabrera (5) Tigers 6th Jamey Wright (1) Rangers 2 on, 1 out, 9-6
Edwin Encarnacion (6) Reds 1st Chris Sampson (1) Astros 0 on, 2 out, 0-0
Ken Griffey Jr. (4) Reds 9th Geoff Geary (1) Astros 0 on, 0 out, 2-9
Matt Stairs (2) Blue Jays 2nd Jason Hammel (2) Rays 0 on, 0 out, 0-0
Matt Stairs (3) Blue Jays 6th Jason Hammel (3) Rays 1 on, 0 out, 1-0
Chase Utley (10) Phillies 3rd Dave Bush (2) Brewers 0 on, 2 out, 0-3
Greg Dobbs (2) Phillies 5th Dave Bush (3) Brewers 1 on, 1 out, 1-3
Pat Burrell (8) Phillies 6th Dave Bush (4) Brewers 0 on, 0 out, 3-3
Prince Fielder (2) Brewers 1st Cole Hamels (2) Phillies 1 on, 1 out, 1-0
Prince Fielder (3) Brewers 8th Cole Hamels (3) Phillies 1 on, 0 out, 3-4
Joe Crede (6) White Sox 5th Mike Mussina (6) Yankees 0 on, 1 out, 0-3
Carlos Quentin (5) White Sox 7th Mike Mussina (7) Yankees 0 on, 2 out, 1-6
Geovany Soto (3) Cubs 2nd Franklin Morales (2) Rockies 0 on, 2 out, 1-0
Aramis Ramirez (6) Cubs 9th Manny Corpas (2) Rockies 1 on, 1 out, 4-5
Clint Barmes (2) Rockies 6th Rich Hill (2) Cubs 0 on, 0 out, 0-3
Troy Tulowitzki (1) Rockies 6th Jon Lieber (2) Cubs 2 on, 1 out, 2-3
Mike Sweeney (1) Athletics 8th Matt Guerrier (2) Twins 0 on, 1 out, 2-0
Bengie Molina (3) Giants 9th Trevor Hoffman (2) Padres 0 on, 1 out, 0-1
Stephen Drew (3) Diamondbacks 5th Derek Lowe (2) Dodgers 0 on, 1 out, 0-3
Nick Markakis (4) Orioles 8th Ryan Rowland-Smith (1) Mariners 0 on, 1 out, 2-2

For the people who have not been introduced to the "Home Runs of the Day" yet, let me just clarify a couple of things:

  • The "situation part" (the part that states the score) is the score BEFORE the home run is it.
    • And, on a second note, the first part of the score is the score of the home run hitter's team. The second number represents the opponent's team.

Unexpected Guy with Multihomer Game

When was the last time you heard anyone say "Did you see that game last night where Matt Stairs hit 2 homers? Probably not. The last time he hit 2 home runs in a game was on July 14, 2005 while playing for the Kansas City Royals. The 40-year-old outfielder was responsible for all 3 runs driven in by the Toronto Blue Jays that day. It wasn't enough though, as the Tampa Bay Rays were able to score 5 runs of their own, as the Rays defeated the Jays 5-3.

Hoffman Blows it Again

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Even though Greg Maddux still pitched a great game, he wasn't able to pick up his 350th win.

Greg Maddux was looking for his 350th career win on the 23rd against the San Francisco Giants. The future Hall of Famer knew he had to bring his A game if he wanted to succeed, and boy, did he bring it. Mad-Dawg pitched a gem, surrendering only 4 hits, no runs scored, and no walks issued in 7 innings  and only 75 pitches. It was a 1-0 lead until the 9th inning, when another future Hall of Famer, Trevor Hoffman, was on the mound. With two outs away from the game being over and Maddux's 350th win "in the books", Hoffman delivered a pitch to Bengie Molina that went over the wall for a 2 run homer, which tied the game at 1. The Giants eventually won the game in extra innings, 3-2.

Hoffman now has 2 blown saves and 2 losses, and it's only the last week of April. It's not looking too good for San Diego's bullpen right now, as they've now lost their third game in extra innings, which is tied for second most in the MLB; the Colorado Rockies have 4 extra inning losses.

Cubs Win 10 Grand

What a way to win their 10,000th game: an exciting extra inning victory against the defending NL champions, the Colorado Rockies. 4 home runs were hit (two by each team), but probably the most exciting one came in the ninth inning. Manny Corpas blew his fourth save, giving up a 2 run homer to Aramis Ramirez, making it a 6-5 ballgame. The Cubs would go on to win it 7-6 in extra frames after a Ryan Theriot single with men on second and first, becoming the second MLB franchise to win 10,000 games.

On a side note, Troy Tulowitzki hit his first homer of the season. Will he get out of the slump he has been going through for this past month? We'll find out sooner or later.

Remember, you can always have the privilage to cast a vote for the "Homer of the Day" in the comments section down below. Feel free to discuss who should win today or who should've won yesterday, or what I could've done to make the article better.

Homer of the Day (April 22, 2008)

And the Homer of the Day for April 22, 2008 goes to...

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Bobby Abreu of the New York Yankees (4 votes)!

Bobby Abreu lifted a two-out grand slam to the seats in left field in the seventh inning, giving the Yankees a 6-3 lead, and eventually the 9-5 win. He keeps pounding on the White Sox, as he leads all Major Leaguers in batting average (.415), and has 6 home runs and 15 RBIs in only 14 games. It's too bad, for the Yankees, that Abreu can't play in U.S. Cellular Field every game.

Trailing by one run before the home run was hit, but finally found out how to get on base with former Yankee Jose Contreras on the mound. After walking Morgan Ensberg and allowing singles by Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon, Contreras was taken out and was replaced with Octavio Dotel to face Abreu. With a 2-0 count, Abreu knew a strike was coming, swung, and belted the grand slam that put the Yanks on top for good. The Yanks are staying alive and well even though Alex Rodriguez was not playing, as he went to Miami to see his newborn daughter. Congratulations, A-Rod.

And of course, congrats to Abreu for winning the Homer of the Day.

Others who received votes:
Ronny Cedeno of the Chicago Cubs (3 votes)
Casey Kotchman of the Los Angeles Angels (1 vote)
Jhonny Peralta of the Cleveland Indians (1 vote)

On Another Matter:

In case you missed it, I typed up something for the winner (yes, they are officially winner) of the "Homer of the Day" for April 15. Feel free to check it out and comment.

Also, I haven't been getting any feedback on this (I've gotten 1 or 2 comments about this) what do you guys think if I put the players in alphabetical order? What about inning by inning? Or do you guys like it just the way it is? I'd appreciate it if you guys could give me feedback on what I should do. Thanks in advance.


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