Victorino Hits 13th Homer in Loss to Arizona
By Fred Guzman
Shane Victorino hit his 13th homer of the season – a two-run blast in the fifth inning yesterday. But Victorino’s offensive contribution wasn’t nearly enough to spare Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay with a painful loss despite matching his career high by strking out 14 batters.
Lyle Overbay, signed a week after being released by Pittsburgh, delivered a two-run double in the top of the ninth, giving him three RBI for the gme, as Arizona Diamondbacks pulled out a 3-2 road victory in battle between division leaders.
The Phillies still lead the National League East by 7.5 games over the second-place Atlanta Braves, who posted a 2-1 win over San Franciso. That enabled Arizona to open up a 3.5-game lead over the defending World Series champion Giants.
Victorino is batting .312 for the season, the eighth-best average in the National League. His 75 runs rank ninth in the NL and he’s driven in 43. Victorino also is tied for second in triples with an even dozen and has been successful on 15 of 18 attempted steals.
Kurt Suzuki went 0-for-2 but scored a run for Oakland in an 8-4 win over Baltimore. Suzuk is batting .226 this season.
A day after the baseball deadline for draft picks to sign with their pro teams passed, recruit Nick Carmichael told Hawaii coaches that he would not enroll at UH this year. A 17th-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles, Carmichael will instead remain at Palomar Junior College. He’s the second recruit the Rainbows have lost in less than 24 hours.