8:10 PM ET, April 28, 2011
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ben's Big Day
Ben Zobrist became the fourth player to record at least seven hits and 10 RBIs in a single day since RBIs became an official stat in 1920.
The other three are Jim Bottomley (1929 Cardinals), Pete Fox (1935 Tigers) and Nate Colbert (1972 Padres).
Zobrist was 7-for-10 on Thursday. He entered Thursday seven for his last 30.
Stats & Info: Zobrist in rare company
— from Elias Sports Bureau
Beginning with the first game Thursday, the Rays will play four games in a 51-hour span. Friday's starter, David Price, was sent back to Florida ahead of the team to prepare for his start. ... Tosoni had two hits in his major league debut in the afternoon, but also committed an error in LF that led to a run. ... After the second game, the Twins optioned Swarzak back to Triple-A Rochester and recalled RHP Alex Burnett.
Regular Season Series
|Tampa Bay leads 7-3 (as of Thu 4/28)|
|Thu 4/14||@TB 4, MIN 3||Recap|
|Fri 4/15||@TB 5, MIN 2||Recap|
|Sat 4/16||@TB 4, MIN 3||Recap|
|Sun 4/17||MIN 4, @TB 2||Recap|
|Wed 4/27||TB 8, @MIN 2||Recap|
|Thu 4/28||TB 15, @MIN 3||Recap|
|» Thu 4/28||TB 6, @MIN 1||Box Score|
|Mon 7/4||@MIN 7, TB 0||Recap|
|Tue 7/5||@MIN 3, TB 2||Recap|
|Wed 7/6||TB 12, @MIN 5||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Rays | Twins|
|2nd||B Zobrist homered to right (374 feet), M Joyce scored.||2||0|
|4th||J Jaso homered to right (391 feet).||3||0|
|6th||S Rodriguez grounded into fielder's choice to third, B Zobrist scored, C Kotchman out at second.||4||0|
|6th||J Jaso doubled to deep left center, S Rodriguez scored.||5||0|
|7th||J Morneau singled to deep right, D Span scored.||5||1|
|8th||S Rodriguez singled to left, B Zobrist scored.||6||1|
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|Stadium||Target Field, Minneapolis, MN|
|Attendance||36,456 (92.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||57 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Mike Dimuro, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Chris Conroy|
Ben Zobrist had 8 RBI in the first game of Tampa Bay's doubleheader against Minnesota. In the game, Zobrist only faced 6 changeups. His batting average when facing changeups this season (including Thursday's first game) is only .077. Zobrist has faced 77 changeups this season (before today), only putting 6 in play and collecting 1 hit. Despite the numbers, Zobrist only faced 6 changeups in Thursday's early game and was not able to put any of them in play.
Zobrist's numbers against the fastball over the past two seasons have been mediocre at best. The Tampa Bay second baseman destroyed the pitch on Thursday though. A 4-for-6 performance - including a home run, double and 8 RBI - showed what he is capable of when he is seeing the ball well. Ben Zobrist vs. Fastball (Cutters and Splitters included) 2011-11< Thursday, Game 1 BA .247 .667 Slug Pct .391 1.500 < Before Today's Games
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