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Batter Team (B) Inning Pitcher Team (P) Situation
Johnny Damon (4) Yankees 6th Felix Hernandez (4) Mariners 1 on, 0 out, 4-1
Christian Guzman (3) Nationals 1st Paul Maholm (4) Pirates 1 on, 0 out, 0-0
Jose Bautista (4) Pirates 4th Matt Chico (7) Nationals 0 on, 0 out, 1-5
Marco Scutaro (1) Blue Jays 3rd John Danks (2) White Sox 0 on, 0 out, 1-0
Jermaine Dye (3) White Sox 7th Jesse Litsch (4) Blue Jays 0 on, 2 out, 0-5
Carlos Quentin (8) White Sox 8th Jesse Litsch (5) Blue Jays 0 on, 0 out, 1-5
Mike Fontenot (2) Cubs 4th Kyle Lohse (1) Cardinals 2 on, 1 out, 3-0
Yadier Molina (2) Cardinals 5th Ted Lilly (5) Cubs 0 on, 0 out, 1-6
Albert Pujols (6) Cardinals 6th Ted Lilly (6) Cubs 0 on, 1 out, 2-6
Carlos Delgado (4) Mets 6th Brandon Webb (2) Diamondbacks 2 on, 2 out, 1-5
Grady Sizemore (4) Indians 5th Luke Hochevar (1) Royals 0 on, 1 out, 1-0
Rickie Weeks (4) Brewers 1st Brandon Backe (6) Astros 0 on, 0 out, 0-0
Brandon Backe (1) Astros 5th Manny Parra, (2) Brewers 0 on, 0 out, 1-1
Michael Bourn (3) Astros 5th Manny Parra (3) Brewers 0 on, 0 out, 2-1
Chase Utley (13) Phillies 4th Matt Cain (4) Giants 0 on, 1 out, 0-1
Fred Lewis (3) Giants 5th Brett Myers (11) Phillies 0 on, 1 out, 1-1
Geoff Jenkins (2) Phillies 5th Matt Cain (5) Giants 0 on, 0 out, 1-2
Gabe Gross (1) Rays 2nd Josh Beckett (3) Red Sox 0 on, 0 out, 0-3
Akinori Iwamura (2) Rays 8th Josh Beckett (4) Red Sox 1 on, 2 out, 3-9
Craig Monroe (2) Twins 7th Justin Verlander (6) Tigers 1 on, 0 out, 2-0
Curtis Granderson (4) Tigers 8th Pat Neshek (2) Twins 0 on, 2 out, 0-4
Mike Jacobs (8) Marlins 1st Jake Peavy (5) Marlins 1 on, 2 out, 0-1
Adrian Gonzalez (7) Padres 9th Logan Kensing (1) Padres 0 on, 1 out, 6-2
Matt Holliday (5) Rockies 3rd Esteban Loaiza (3) Dodgers 0 on, 0 out, 3-6
Brad Hawpe (2) Rockies 3rd Hong-Chih Kuo (2) Dodgers 1 on, 1 out, 4-6
James Loney (3) Dodgers 5th Jorge De La Rosa (1) Rockies 2 on, 0 out, 6-6

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.

Utley & Myers Extend Their Leads

1211466041 Brett Myers

Brett Myers got his fastball where he wanted it on Mayu 3rd, as he only surrendered 2 runs. However, he didn't receive the decision because the only offense the Phillies had was two solo home runs and a single.

As you may know, if you followed closely to my articles, the Philadelphia Phillies currently have leaders in home runs AND home runs surrendered.Chase Utley, who won the NL Player of the Month for April, continued to extend his season total of home runs to 13. Brett Myers, who has been looking for some more velocity on his fastball since leaving from the bullpen to the starting rotation this season, currently has the lead in home runs surrendered with 11. He surrendered a solo homer to Fred Lewis on 91 mile per hour fastball, continuing his streak of consecutive games with a home run surrendered to 6.

As you may recall from the last "Homer of the Day" article, the Phillies and Giants played a phenominal and exciting game on May 2nd. Their next against each other didn't disappoint either. Myers threw a lot better than his last two outings, giving up only 2 earned runs, 6 hits, 1 HOME RUN, while striking out 10 batters (a season high) and pitching 7 innings in 121 pitches. He looked like he felt confident and redeemed himself on the mound that day. He started off inadequately, giving up a leadoff single, a sacrifice hit, two more singles, and a walk to load the bases. However, with a mound visit, he was able to calm down and strike out the next two batters to get out of the inning. He cruised right through the next 6 innings, throwing only one mistake pitch: that fastball that Lewis hit for a homer in the 4th.

After the one run in the first inning by the Giants, the solo shot by Utley off of Matt Cain, and a solo homer by Lewis off of Myers, the Giants were up 2-1 in the 5th inning. Someone we haven't heard much from since his signing with the Phils tied the game up at 2 when he hit a solo of his own off of: Geoff Jenkins. He hit his second homer of the season against Cain down the right field line tying the game up at 2. 5 innings later, Bengie Molina hit an outfield single scoring Randy Winn from second base, which eventually was the winning run for San Francisco, as they won 3-2 in 10 innings.

On a side note, Chase Utley has done really well against Matt Cain career wise. He is now 6-for-12 against him, with 3 of those hits being home runs. "Unbelievable" is all I have said about Chase Utley for the past 2 years.

Backe Involved in Back-to-Back Home Runs

For the first time since 2001, the Astros have hit back-to-back home runs in consecutive games. After Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman, and Carlos Lee hit back-to-back home runs on May 2nd, two unlikely consecutive home runs were hit the next day by the Houston Astros. One was hit by Michael Bourn, the leadoff hitter, who has had a really rough season so far. On May 3rd, he passed the "Uecker Line", progressing from a .191 batting average to a .202 in one game, and also breaking an 0-for-6 hitting slump. It was his second home run of the season, the third of his career, and the second consecutive home run hit in the inning.

The preceding home run hit in the back-to-back home run sequence was even more of a treat. It was none other than the #9 hitter and the starting pitcher for the 'Stros: Brandon Backe. It was his 3rd career home run in his 7 (or 6 1/4) year MLB career.

"It wasn't a good curveball," Parra said about the pitch that Backe hit over the wall. "At the same time, credit to him for even hitting the pitch."

The score was knotted at 1 before Backe and Bourn hit their home runs. 5 runs were scored in the fifth, as Milwaukee Brewers' starter Manny Parra just started giving the Astros batting practice. He put seven consecutives batters on base. By the time he got batters out, it was too late, and the Astros walked away with the victory, 6-2, winning their second game in a row, and their fifth consecutive home game.

"I'm feeling much better about our offense," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "Everybody has been pitching in. We're getting contributions throughout the lineup."

The Astros must be surprising a bunch of people right about now. A team that was thought to be in the battling for second last place in the NL Central, as of May 3rd, is one game shy of reaching .500.

Homer of the Day (May 2, 2008)

And the Homer of the Day for May 2, 2008 goes to...

[[Image:1212855397 Ph 150100-1-.jpg|100px|center|thumb|Pat Burrell of the Philadelphia Phillies (2 votes, 7 tiebreaker votes)!

Click here for the details of Pat Burrell's game winning two-run homer in the 11th inning that won the game for the Phils.

Others who received votes:
Skip Schumaker of the St. Louis Cardinals (2 votes, 3 tiebreaker votes)
Luis Gonzalez of the Florida Marlins (1 vote)
Aaron Rowand of the San Francisco Giants (1 vote)
Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros (1 vote)

On Another Matter:

Thank you so much, fellow AGMers, for waiting so patiently for this article. My AP exams are over (finally), and I have one week of school left starting today. As always, I thank you guys for your support. Hopefully, I'll be able to catch up soon.

Thanks to everyone who has been voting, especially those who have since the very beginning (you know who you are). Like I said, the more votes we have in these articles, the better. It makes it more interesting, and makes me feel better when I post these articles.

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