The first weekend of interleague play is now concluded, and what have we learned? Players can hit balls just as hard off opposing league pitchers as they can off their own league’s pitchers. It’s pretty amazing, really. I can’t way for when interleague arrives in June for real (for five series in a row instead of just one) so we can learn the same lesson again.
Meanwhile, let’s get to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Asdrubal Cabrera #2, Cleveland Indians – 22.04 seconds [video]
Cabrera finished this game against the Reds a perfect five-for-five with two home runs and five RBIs. You can’t ask for a more perfect game at the plate than that. For that, he bests San Francisco’s Nate Schierholtz for Home Run of the Day. Schierholtz hit a blast out of AT&T Park in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game up. I couldn’t tell if it hit the sidewalk before splashing into McCovey Cove, or if it splashed on the fly. The Giants would go on to win in the eleventh.
For the rest of today’s trots (including trot times for all home runs), head over to Baseball Prospectus.