The Stat Line of the Night — 7/5/10 — Carlos Quentin
Carlos Quentin has struggled at the plate a bit this season. He’s also struggled in the field for most of his career. The one thing that has never been lacking for Quentin is power numbers, and last night was no different. The big difference last night was that he also got it done with his glove. The red hot White Sox have not lost many games the last few weeks, and performances like Quentin’s yesterday have a lot to do with that.
Quentin went 2 for 3 with 2 late late home runs. His first in the 6th helped open up the White Sox lead, while his 8th inning blast gave the Sox a much needed insurance run. What really got him and the White Sox going, however, was his defensive play. With two outs and a man on 2nd in the first inning, Quentin robbed Torii Hunter of what would have been extra bases. He made a diving catch on the track to get Hunter out and kill any early momentum the Angels may have had.
With this 9-4 victory, the White Sox are just 1 game back from the Tigers and a half game behind the Twins in the cluttered and tough AL Central. Although Quentin’s average has been a paltry .234 this year, the 2 home runs gave him 15 on the season. If he can keep up the power numbers while managing to be even adequate in the field, that will go a long way towards the Sox being there in October. For now, Quentin gets “The Stat Line of the Night”.