Another day of little offense around the league. As many have said today, Wednesday's 95 runs in 15 games played is the fifth lowest number of runs scored in a full-slate of games since the league went to thirty teams. Mostly that's just an interesting little factoid, but it does make a difference when talking about the number of home runs hit. There were only eleven hit around the league Wednesday night.
Let's get to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Cody Ross, San Francisco Giants – 22.93 seconds [video]
One of three late-inning home runs to tie or take the lead (Eric Hosmer's game-tying ninth-inning blast and Marlon Byrd's eighth-inning go-ahead shot were the others). Ross gets the nod for Home Run of the Day because his came in the ninth and ended up winning the game for the Giants (Hosmer's Royals ended up losing). It was also a beautiful shot into the leftfield corner.
Slowest Trot: Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins – 24.2 seconds [video]
There's nothing wrong with a 24.2 second trot, but I think Hanley Ramirez would take being the slowest trotter of the day everyday if it meant he was hitting home runs again. This was only Ramirez's third shot of the year.
Quickest Trot: Marlon Byrd, Chicago Cubs – 18.72 seconds [video]
A pretty good game for home runs. Ramirez is above with the slowest trot while Reed Johnson and Marlon Byrd have the two quickest trots of the night. Johnson's came in a pinch-hit opportunity while Byrd was finally able to again bust out one of the quickest trots in the game.
All of Today's Trots Hanley Ramirez....24.2 Eric Hosmer.......20.87 Pedro Alvarez.....24.01 Matt Joyce........20.57* Cody Ross.........22.93 Ryan Ludwick......20.2 Justin Upton......22.49 Reed Johnson......19.25 Andrew McCutchen..22.12 Marlon Byrd.......18.72 Matt Kemp.........22.01