Second Basemen Make Hay, and Home Runs

Dodgers’ second baseman Mark Ellis is a really good ballplayer. He is an excellent defensive player, and a clutch hitter. Despite one season hitting 19 home runs, he is not a guy who would ever be considered a power hitter, averaging nine per year over his ten-year career. Similarly, Angels’ second baseman Howie Kendrick is a fine player who one season hit 18 home runs, but who averages eight home runs a year through seven big league seasons.

Why bring this all up? Well, amazingly enough, tonight Ellis, who started today homerless for the young season, and Kendrick, who had hit one out so far, powered their teams to victory, each hitting two home runs.


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Ellis his a solo shot early, and then a three-run homer in the top of the seventh, breaking a 2-2 tie, and leading the Dodgers to a 7-2 win over the Mets.

In the Angels game versus Texas, Kendrick hit a two run home run in the fourth, extending what was to be a short-lived Angels’ lead to 4-0. But there was drama to come with his second big fly. With one out in a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Howie hit a walk-off home run, giving the Angels a 5-4 win.

Two typical second basemen, basically single-type hitters, who might reach double figures in homers for a given season, each hitting two out for their

LA teams, on the same night, each a game winner. I don’t think that will happen again anytime soon. What will happen again soon, though, is another great catch from Mike Trout, like the fabulous one he made tonight, stealing an extra base from Adrian Beltre. Playing in left field, Trout made a long run towards the left flied foul line and made a leaping, sprawling grab of the shot off Beltre’s bat. That catch may well be the season’s defensive highlight, so far, or at least until his next one.

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