Thu Apr 28 07:39pm EDT
"And the home ... of the ... braaaaave!"
OK, on to Zobrist's dominant doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. It was like he was assembling a hitting résumé: Zorilla had 10 RBIs — knocking in a team record eight in Game 1 — and went a combined 7 for 10 with two home runs and three doubles in the Tampa Rays sweep.
Zobrist, saying he "had no idea what was happening," just that he was "in the zone" and "comfortable," put 53 points on his batting average and 120 on his slugging percentage.
Zobrist's 10 RBIs in the double dip was one short of the AL record and three shy of the major league mark, owned by Nate Colbert and Mark Whiten.
His eight RBIs in Game 1 is the most since Adam Lind(notes) knocked in nine Aug. 31 2009. Even accounting for the random nature of RBIs, Zobrist has an astonishing number of them over the past five games: 18.
Zobrist, seemingly a humble guy, rightly spread the credit for his outburst. He told the media at Target Field, via The Heater:
"Any time you have that many RBIs, it's just because your teammates are on base for you every time. That's what it was about today. We hit well up and down the lineup. Everybody hit. Hopefully, we saved a few for the second game."
(Which they did.) Since we're on an RBI kick, Zobrist's performance ties for the third-most RBIs with just one homer since 1919, says this chart at Baseball Reference. The most recent eight-RBI, one-homer performance came from Houston's J.R. Towles(notes) (really!) in 2007.
In 1944, Phil Weintraub of the New York Giants drove in 11 with one homer to set the standard for that bit of statistical gymnastics.
Zobrist came into the day batting .205/.272/.482, but he has gone 11 for 22 during his recent RBI spree to take the league lead with 25. His batting line now: .258/.314/.602.
That's more like the guy the Rays signed for $18 million over four years before the 2010 season.