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Is there anyone in Major League Baseball that produces like Adrián González with so little fanfare.  To do what he’s doing in a Pitcher’s park is simply amazing.  He’s batting .315 with 19 Runs, 9 HRs, and 20 RBI on the year, which puts him among the league leaders in all of those categories.  His OPS is 1.058.  It’s not like he’s a flash in the pan either.  Check out his past numbers
 
 - 2006:  .304, 83 R, 24 HRs, 82 RBI, .862 OPS
 - 2007:  .282, 101 R, 30 HRs, 100 RBI, .849 OPS
 - 2008:  .279, 103 R, 36 HR, 119 RBI, .871 OPS

It’s early, but he’s on pace for 123 Runs, 58 HRs, 130 RBI.  Yet his name is seldom mentioned when you are talking about the games best players.  I guess that’s what happens when you are playing in a small market like San Diego, and at a position dominated, at least in terms of media coverage, by guys like Albert Pujols, Kevin Youkilis, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Morneau, Mark Teixeira, Ryan Howard, Lance Berkman, etc.  Since the start of the 2006 Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, Carlos Peña, and Albert Pujols are the only First Basemen with more HRs.  Howard, Justin Morneau, Peña, Pujols, and Fielder are the only 1B with more RBI.

I’m certainly not asking for you to vote for him in the All-Star game.  Not with the start Albert Pujols is having.  I just wanted to help spread the word about San Diego’s best kept secret.

Monday, August 18th
Jason Bay
went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Alexei Ramirez and Curtis Granderson each had 4 RBI.  Aubrey Huff and Nick Swisher each had 3 RBI.  Willy Aybar, Darin Erstad, Ray Durham (3 RBI), Corey Hart, Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki, Raul Ibanez, Jeff Clement, Gary Sheffield, and Chris Davis each had 3 Hits.  Jason Kendall scored 3 Runs.

Barry Zito tossed 7 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits to improve to 7-15.  Jon Lester gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 12-4 with a 3.17 ERA.  C.C. Sabathia pitched a Complete Game allowing 2 Eraned Runs with 9 Ks to improve to 8-0 with a 1.60 ERA with Milwaukee (14-8, 3.34 overall).  Paul Maholm gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings, but got a no-decision.  Jeremy Guthrie gave up 2 Runs on 7 Innings, but lost.

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