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Two key hits open things up for Alabama baseball, clinched series win

Georgie Salem comes down with a fly ball in the Saturday win over Texas A&M (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Georgie Salem comes down with a fly ball in the Saturday win over Texas A&M (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

The Saturday game of the Alabama-Texas A&M baseball series was looking like a pitcher’s duel from days away. Texas A&M pitcher Parker Ray had allowed just 20 hits and five walks in 26 innings while Alabama’s Justin Kamplain had given up 11 hits in his 11.1 innings of work as a starter.

Through two innings of baseball, it was living up to the billing: the Aggies scored a hit in the top of the first and that was it.

Youthful exuberance took over, as freshman shortstop Mikey White belted a stand-up double to start the bottom of the third and fellow freshman Kyle Overstreet followed suit with a hit to open the bottom of the fourth, propelling the offense to a 3-2 win over the Aggies.

“Mikey’s hit was really big because we hadn’t really had too many good swings to that point, and then he splits the gap and really puts us in a spot to score a run,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “(Third baseman) Kenny (Roberts) gets the big two-out hit there to get us on the board, and really from there we started putting better swings on pitches.”

Right fielder Ben Moore added, “You’re always waiting on that first hit, and when you get it, it’s like the floodgates are open. It definitely makes it easier to hit after that first one.”

Even on a day where it looked impossible.

“It was one of those bad days to hit with the wind blowing in,” Gaspard said. “Kenny hits one on the nose, Ben, (center fielder Georgie Salem), there were a lot of guys that hit balls hard and didn’t get anything to show for it.”

The Aggies had similar struggles as Kamplain pitched a career-best start in many accords. Kamplain pitched a career-high 7.1 innings and 112 pitches and a season-best walks and hits per inning of 0.845 against the Aggies.

“Kamplain gave us a really good start,” Gaspard said. “He was locating his fastball and everything was in the bottom of the strike zone. I thought there were three to four innings where he was throwing that slider in a good spot, backdoor. He was shoving that fastball in, so really it was command on both sides of the plate.”

Kamplain added, “I had a little bit of everything going today. I was able, towards, the end of the game, to get that feel for the changeup. This week, we worked on a new pitch, my cutter, and showing the right-handed hitters something in. Everything was going today.”

And the numbers could be more gaudy had he not tried to start the top of the eighth. Kamplain had a three-hit shutout before his high pitch count, crossing over into triple digits, slowed him down in the eighth.

“We liked the match-up with the pinch hitter,” Gaspard said. “In hindsight, we probably should’ve (taken him out) a hitter or two earlier because of his pitch count, but Haack comes in and bails us out and gets a hold in the eighth.”

After winning its fourth game in-a-row, including the first two of this weekend series to secure the series win for the first time in the last four series, the Tide may not need ot be bailed out like that much longer. The team confidence is rising with the level of play and the win margin could come along with it.

“The more you can win those close ballgames like that, the more that confidence starts to elevate,” Gaspard said. “I think some guys are getting started and starting to understand what that is to let that barrell fly a little bit and get it out there.

“We’ve probably squared the ball up more in the last three games. You haven’t seen as many flares or where the ball is beating the bat up as much. I think we’re on the right path right now.”

Early home runs lift Alabama baseball to win over Texas A&M

Freshman closer Ray Castillo getting his 7th save of the year in the series-opener against Texas A&M (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Freshman closer Ray Castillo getting his 7th save of the year in the series-opener against Texas A&M (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Sophomore slump. Cold streak. Call it whatever may be appropriate, but sophomore right fielder Ben Moore was in it deep. In the last weekend series against LSU, Moore had just three hits and one RBI in three games in 15 at-bats.

New week, new Moore. Moore blasted a two-run home run in the first inning of the Friday night series-opener against Texas A&M and kickstarted Alabama to a 3-2 win over the Aggies.

“It’s back-to-back games where he’s found the barrel a little bit,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “He squared up a couple of balls at Southern Miss and really found his swing. Obviously when you run one off the scoreboard in the first it’s going to get your weekend off to a good start. As I said before, when he hits, he’s the guy in the middle that I think all of us are counting on.

“That’s the difference. When you play good defense, you’re always going to be in games.”

Moore had to clear his mind to get out of his slump, as he put, take some deep breaths and do not make so much of every at-bat.

“I’ve just been pressing all year,” Moore said. “When you’re struggling, you start thinking, and when you’re not struggling you’re just swinging.

“No more thinkin’.”

Moore’s comeback was aided a little by Texas A&M starting pitcher Daniel Mengden, whose stellar play throughout the 2013 season was absent in the first two innings.

“He was up in the zone early, and you could tell he was going to settle down eventually,” Gaspard said. “And when he settled, the velocity was good, his secondary pitch got good. That’s always the plan on Friday – to attack early, to try to hit the early mistakes and tonight we were able to do it.

Moore’s homer in the first was paired with a shot from catcher Brett Booth in the bottom of the second to make for all three of the Tide’s runs in the win over the Aggies. Starting pitcher Charley Sullivan held up his end of the low-scoring affair, holding Texas A&M to six hits and two earned runs in seven innings of work.

“I thought Charley Sullivan went out and did exactly what we needed: gave us seven solid innings,” Gaspard said. “He’s been in a little bit of a tough spot the last few weeks having to face three different first-rounders.”

Sullivan’s job on the mound was made much easier with the early run support.

“Getting those early runs, I try not to change my mindset a whole lot,” Sullivan said. “I try to pitch like the score is 0-0, but I like going in there knowing that I can throw that first pitch for a strike and let our defense play. It makes it easier to pitch earlier in counts.”

Alabama sports sweep Tuesday action

Alabama bat-and-ball sports took Tuesday seriously, combining to go 2-0 with a combined score of 18-4, as the Alabama softball team beat Southern Miss 11-0 in a mercy-rule decision and the baseball team beat UAB 7-4.

The baseball team got another strong midweek start from walk-on Mike Oczypok, throwing six innings and giving up five hits and one run. Oczypok’s record improved to 3-0 with the win while Jay Shaw go this fist save with a 1.2 inning appearance in which he gave up just one hit.

Alabama catcher Ben Moore had a nice night at the plate, ripping a two-RBI double in the first inning then a RBI triple in the third. Right fielder Andrew Miller also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4 from the plate with one RBI.

It was a bench-clearing night for the Crimson Tide softball team, as all but one player saw the field in the 4.5 innings of action.

Offensively, the Tide did it with both speed and power. Alabama stole three bases, including one by left fielder Kayla Braud, who went 2-2 from the plate and worked around the bases to score a run both times.

The power came from the bats of catcher Jordan Patterson and first baseman Jadyn Spencer, both hitting deep balls in the bottom of the 4th to extend Alabama’s lead to the final 11-0 margin.

Both teams will stay at home for the weekend to capitalize on the crowds in Tuscaloosa for A-Day. The baseball team hosts Texas A&M in a three-game series starting on Friday and the softball team will do the same against Mississippi State.

Star Series: Two baseball sophomores honored

Alabama catcher Brett Booth rounding third base to score one of Alabama's 15 runs in the Sunday 15-1 victory over Tennessee. (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Alabama catcher Brett Booth rounding third base to score one of Alabama’s 15 runs in the Sunday 15-1 victory over Tennessee. (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Each week for the duration of the Alabama baseball and softball seasons, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will track outstanding individual performances with the Star Series. Three players from each team will get 1-star, 2-stars and 3-stars with a running season tally.

Baseball

After splitting the midweek series with Memphis, Alabama won the first SEC series of the season against Tennessee, two games to one. The Tuesday loss is recapped here, while the Wednesday win is recapped here and here.

Click here to get a special report from Morgan Upton from the Friday game and click here to recap the rest of the series, mostly Alabama’s 15-1 win on Sunday.

3-Star Player: Right fielder Ben Moore. Moore was 8-19 from the plate, sporing a .421 batting average in the five games. Moore put up a superb .500 on-base percentage in the five games and .579 slugging percentage, with three of his eight hits being for extra-bases. Moore also stole four bases and had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

2-Star Player: Starting pitcher Charley Sullivan. Sullivan started the Tennessee series off by pitching a complete game three-hitter to push Alabama to a 12-1 win Friday night. Sullivan struck out seven batters and walked just one.

1-Star Player: Catcher Brett Booth. Booth led the team with a .455 batting average for the five games of the week (10-22 from the plate), with three RBI and five runs scored. Center fielder Georgie Salem almost had this spot with seven RBI in five games, but the batting average almost 100 points less than Booth’s was too much to overlook.

Season Tally:

Ben Moore: 6 stars

Brett Booth: 4 stars

Georgie Salem: 3 stars

Cary Baxter: 3 stars

Austen Smith: 3 stars

Kenny Roberts: 3 stars

Mikey White: 2 stars

Jon Keller: 2 stars

Charley Sullivan: 2 stars

Jake Hubbard: 1 star

Ray Castillo: 1 star

Softball

The Crimson Tide swept the week 3-0, taking to the road to beat South Carolina 6-4 on Friday, 5-3 on Saturday and 7-6 on Sunday.

3-Star Player: Second baseman Kaila Hunt. Hunt led the tema with both a .600 batting average and a 1.000 slugging percentage against the Lady Gamecocks. In her six hits in 10 at-bats, she had one double and one home run, totalling with two RBI.

2-Star Player: Left fielder Kayla Braud. Braud led the team with five runs scored in just three games while batting .33 (4-12). Braud had three RBI and was 3-3 in stolen base attempts.

1-Star Player: Center fielder Haylie McCleney. McCleney batted an even .300 (3-10) in her three games against the Lady Gamecocks, including a double, a triple and three RBI. McCleney stole on base and sported a slugging percentage of .600.

Season Tally:

Haylie McCleney: 9 stars

Kaila Hunt: 7 stars

Jackie Traina: 6 stars

Kayla Braud: 5 stars

Danielle Richard: 4 stars

Andrea Hawkins: 3 stars

Keima Davis: 1 star

Danae Hays: 1 star

Star Series: Outfielders take three of six awards

Each week for the duration of the Alabama baseball and softball seasons, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will track outstanding individual performances with the Star Series. Three players from each team will get 1-star, 2-stars and 3-stars with a running season tally.

Baseball

Click here to read more about Alabama’s 0-4 week, three losses to the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals on the road.

3-Star Player: Third baseman Kenny Roberts. The senior hit 5-16 in the four games of the week with three runs scored, two walks and a stolen base. The week was highlighted by a 3-6 with one run performance in the series-opener over against Louisville.

2-Star Player: Starting pitcher Jon Keller. Keller’s only appearance, starting on the mound in Alabama’s loss on Saturday, a six-inning outing in which he gave up just four hits and struck out seven batters.

1-Star Player: Catcher Ben Moore Moore’s week was highlighted by a strong Sunday, going 3-3 with three RBI and two runs in an extra-innings loss to the Cardinals. Moore hit a solo home run to begin the top of the fourth inning.

Season Tally

Georgie Salem: 3 stars

Brett Booth: 3 stars

Cary Baxter: 3 stars

Austen Smith: 3 stars

Kenny Roberts: 3 stars

Ben Moore: 3 stars

Mikey White: 2 stars

Jon Keller: 2 stars

Jake Hubbard: 1 star

Ray Castillo: 1 star

Softball

Click here to read more about the Crimson Tide’s efforts on the week.

3-Star Player: Outfielder Andrea Hawkins. Hawkins went 6-for-10 from the plate despite not playing in the midweek game versus Florida, collecting four RBI and two doubles. The freshman is making her first Star Series appearance.

2-Star Player: Left fielder Kayla Braud. Braud, the senior hitting leadoff for the Tide, batted .500, 7-14, while scoring three runs and stealing two bases.

1-Star Player: Third baseman Danielle Richard. Richard, the sophomore, went 4-12 from the plate with 2 RBI, one double and a run scored. Richard was featured in The Decatur Daily’s Sunday edition for her breakout 2013 season, which you can read in full by clicking here.

Season Tally

Haylie McCleney: 8 stars

Jackie Traina: 6 stars

Kaila Hunt: 4 stars

Danielle Richard: 4 stars

Kayla Braud: 3 stars

Andrea Hawkins: 3 stars

Keima Davis: 1 star

Danae Hays: 1 star

Baseball battles with No. 5 Louisville to extra innings twice, loses all three games

After a ill-fated effort in the Capital City Classic against Auburn (click here to read more on the loss), Alabama traveled to Louisville, Ky., to face the No. 5 Cardinals and fell just short of a major upset in two of the three games the Crimson Tide dropped to Louisville. It was Alabama’s first winless week of the season, going 0-4.

After dropping the series-opener 4-3 in 14 innings (which you can read more about by clicking here), Alabama came back on Saturday and lost 6-0. Louisville starter Jeff Thompson held Alabama to just two hits in seven innings before relief pitcher Dace Kime pitched the last two innings without giving up a hit. Alabama’s two hits came from catcher Brett Booth and third baseman Kenny Roberts.

Jon Keller started for the Crimson Tide on Saturday, pitching six innings and giving up four hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out seven batters.

Alabama pushed Louisville to extra-innings on Sunday also, but fell in 10 innings 8-7. The Tide used seven pitchers in the 10-inning game, including three in the final inning. Alabama’s offensive superstar was right fielder Ben Moore, who went 3-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored, three RBI and a walk.

The Tide will now return to Tuscaloosa for a five-game homestand, playing Memphis on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting its first series of Southeastern Conference play, a three-game stand versus Tennessee on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Alabama’s lineup to be tested in Louisville

After scoring more than 10 runs for the third time in just 11 games in a 12-6 win over Tulane, Alabama fell flat in the Capital City Classic against Auburn, tallying just three hits in the 6-3 loss. Alabama saw four batters, including the Nos. 2 and 3 hitters, go 0-4 against the Tigers.

“It was frustrating going out there and only getting three hits,” right fielder Ben Moore said, one of the four aforementioned hitters. “There’s no excuse.”

Jeff Thompson, the ace of the Louisville staff, will enter the three-game series with the Crimson Tide with a 1.02 ERA, a perfect 3-0 record and an opponent's batting average of .175. (Photo courtesy of Louisville Athletics)

Jeff Thompson, the ace of the Louisville staff, will enter the three-game series with the Crimson Tide with a 1.02 ERA, a perfect 3-0 record and an opponent’s batting average of .175. (Photo courtesy of Louisville Athletics)

Now the Crimson Tide has to find a way to shake the one-game woes going into a series with the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals starting on Friday.

“They’ve got three great arms that are going to pitch in the low 90s,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. “They’ve got a big-time closer that you see the scouting report and it says he throws 96 to 100. They have big pitchers that throw hard, you’re going to see a lot of fastballs.”

Facing the Cardinals pitching staff is a daunting task for a team that is swinging hot bats, much less one coming off of its worst offensive performance of the season. The Cardinals have a team earned run average of 1.82 and has allowed opponents to bat .222.

But, Alabama does not see it as the schedule kicking the Tide when it’s down: it’s another opportunity.

“We like playing good competition,” Gaspard said. “I think it’s the only way you’re going to improve as a baseball team, and obviously Louisville right now is top 5.”

Moore added, “It’s going to be a good series for us to see where we’re at, to go out and play a quality opponent and see where we’re at. These are the games you live for. Earn a little respect, earn a little pride.”

And most of all, it’s nice to be in a spot that a program like Alabama’s generally is not.

“These are the fun games, being the underdog,” Moore said.

Star Series: Pitchers show out

Each week for the duration of the Alabama baseball and softball seasons, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will track outstanding individual performances with the Star Series. Three players from each team will get 1-star, 2-stars and 3-stars with a running season tally.

Baseball

Click here to read more on Alabama’s series loss to Tulane, two games to one.

3-Star Player: First baseman Austen Smith. Smith played in all four of the Crimson Tide’s games this week, batting 7-for-14 while batting in five runs and scoring two of his own. Smith hit a two-RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning in Alabama’s win on Sunday that ended the outing for Tulane starting pitcher Kyle McKenzie.

2-Star Player: Right fielder Ben Moore. Moore’s weekend was highlighted by a 2-4 performance at the plate on Sunday with two RBI and two runs scored. Moore was also 2-4 on Friday.

1-Star Player: Relief pitcher Ray Castillo. In his one appearance, Castillo entered the game with one runner in scoring position and pitched 4.1 innings giving up only one hit, a solo home run. Castillo struck out six batters and solidified the Tide in its 12-6 Sunday win over Tulane.

Season Tally:

Georgie Salem: 3

Brett Booth: 3

Cary Baxter: 3

Austen Smith: 3

Mikey White: 2

Ben Moore: 2

Jake Hubbard: 1

Ray Castillo: 1

Softball

Click here to read more about Alabama’s clean sweep of the Easton Classic, beating Iowa State twice and St. John’s twice. Alabama also won two midweek games, which you can read about by clicking here.

3-Star Player: Third baseman Danielle Richard. Richard’s 8-for-10 from the plate performance in the four weekend games was good enough to name her the Easton Classic MVP. Richard had five RBI in six games and was a perfect 4-for-4 against St. John’s on Saturday.

2-Star Player: Pitcher Jackie Traina. Traina pitched twice last week, both times throwing seven innings and allowing just three hits. Traina struck out 18 batters. At the plate, Traina was 6-12 with three runs and 13 RBI.

1-Star Player: Second baseman Kaila Hunt. Hunt started the Easton Classic strong for the Tide, going 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored. Hunt was named to the Easton Classic All-Tournament Team, as was Traina, in addition to hitting 3-4 in the two midweek games.

Season Tally:

Haylie McCleney: 8 stars

Jackie Traina: 6 stars

Kaila Hunt: 4 stars

Danielle Richard: 3 stars

Keima Davis: 1 star

Kayla Braud: 1 star

Danae Hays: 1 star

Alabama baseball opening series information

This is the third of three posts introducing the Alabama baseball season, starting Friday night against VMI. The first post can be seen by clicking here, and the second by clicking here. Come back to the Daily Bama Blog tonight for coverage of Opening Day.

Who: VMI vs. Alabama in Tuscaloosa at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

When: 6:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network

Starting Pitchers: UA’s Spencer Turnbull, Soph., vs. VMI’s Reed Garrett, Soph., on Friday; UA’s Jon Keller, Soph., vs. Campbell Henkel, Jr., on Saturday; UA’s Charley Sullivan, Sr., vs. Connor Bach, Fr. on Sunday.

Noteworthy: Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said three true freshmen could start for the Crimson Tide on Opening Day: shortstop Mikey White, second baseman Kyle Overstreet and center fielder Georgie Salem …. Alabama’s three pitchers slated to start the opening series pitched a combined 183.3 innings pitched in 2012, while VMI’s three starters pitched 129.2 in 2012 …. In 2012, Alabama had four players hit over .300, and only one returns for 2013. Catcher/right fielder Ben Moore returns for his sophomore season, but Taylor Dugas, Jared Reaves and James Tullidge.

Ex-Tide shortstop has major league experience, but not major league ego

Josh Rutledge speaks at a Cullman baseball camp.

Josh Rutledge speaks at a Cullman baseball camp.

Josh Rutledge posing for a photo with a young fan.

Josh Rutledge posing for a photo with a young fan.

CULLMAN – Josh Rutledge is 23 and a baseball hero in his hometown of Cullman, having played baseball for the Alabama Crimson Tide and making it to the major leagues. He is coming off an eye-catching rookie season with the Colorado Rockies.

And he is dating the reigning Miss Florida, Laura McKeeman, who will compete this month in the Miss America pagent.

But these days, Rutledge hardly seems eager to bask in the glow of all that. If he has much of an ego, he doesn’t appear to have time to listen to it.

As he prepares back home for spring training, his goals seem relatively modest: He just wants to make the team.

“I don’t have a job sealed up,” he said during a break Thursday at a holiday baseball camp at Cullman’s All Sports Performance Training. “I just want to win a job. If I don’t, that’s fine. I trust that if I put in the work, success will come.”

During a camp session in which he addressed about 75 children from age 6 to 14, he had two main messages, and they’re points he said he still follows:

Accept your failure because baseball players fail all the time, and have fun when you play.

Rutledge had a lot of fun this past baseball season. He started his third year in professional baseball as a shortstop with the Tulsa Drillers, a Class Double-A minor league franchise. After slugging 13 homers and batting .306 in 87 games, he got the call to go to Colorado.

It wasn’t a call he expected. His parents already were traveling to Little Rock, Ark., where Tulsa was set to play next. But in the third inning of his last game with the Drillers, he got pulled from the game.

“It was pretty crazy,” Rutledge said. “I was on first base and was going to second when I was forced out. When I went to the dugout, they told me, ‘You’re out.’ At first, I didn’t understand, but then I was told I was going to Denver.”

The Rockies’ All-Star shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, already was injured, but Tulowitzki’s fill-in was hurt, too.

He arrived in Denver at about 2:30 a.m., but his baseball equipment didn’t make it along with him. It wasn’t there the next day when he was set to go to the stadium, either. And he was in the lineup.

Tulowitzki loaned him batting gloves and cleats. Fellow infielder Jordan Pacheco let him borrow a glove. Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu had some bats Rutledge could use.

In his debut, Colorado faced Philadelphia and left-handed pitching ace Cliff Lee, a former Cy Young Award winner. Rutledge went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and a sacrifice fly.

The double came on his first at-bat, and just as he made it to second base, Phillies All-Star shortstop Jimmy Rollins offered a quick congratulations.

In 73 games with Colorado, Rutledge hit .274 with eight homers and 37 RBIs.

“The year before, I had a slow start but I finished strong, and that gave me some confidence as I went into last season,” Rutledge said. “I continued to work hard. I started in Double-A, but I ended up getting up to the big leagues.”

As the season went along, he had to remind himself that he was a major leaguer. Each time the Rockies visited a new park, Rutledge would take time to look up and around at the place.

“It was awesome and kind of surreal,” he said.

He said it helped that he played at Alabama and faced SEC competition for three years, before Colorado took him in the 2010 draft.

“There’s good competition in the SEC,” Rutledge said.

Alabama has another Cullman grad on its roster in sophomore Ben Moore, an outfielder and catcher. Collegiate Baseball chose Moore as a freshman All-American last season. Moore lists Rutledge as one of his idols.

When Rutledge was a senior at Cullman, Moore was an eighth-grader.

“I would watch him practice,” Moore said. “It was obvious he was a special talent. I always liked the way he carried himself in the locker room and around.

“He took care to be good to the young players. He wasn’t too good to help us. He always hustled and worked hard, and I try to be that way, too.”

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Tide baseball star wins summer league MVP award

After breaking a 15-year-old RBI record, Alabama outfielder Ben Moore won Most Valuable Player honors in the Minnesota-based Northwoods League.

Moore batted .331 with 16 home runs and 84 RBIs for the Alexandria Beetles. The 16 homers tie him for the league lead and for fourth in league history. The 84 RBIs broke Jay Gibbons’ record of 68 set with Manitowoc in 1997. Moore’s 64 runs scored are second in the league this season and in league history.

Moore is a former Cullman High standout. As a freshman at Alabama this past spring, he ranked second on the team with a .342 batting average. He added two home runs and 31 RBIs.

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Big night for pair of Bama baseball stars

Alabama’s Ben Moore was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American this past baseball season, and he has kept up the quality play this summer.

Moore is playing in the Minnesota-based Northwoods Summer League, which includes top collegiate players from across the country. Moore plays for the Alexandria (Minn.) Beetles, and in Tuesday night’s 12-9 win over the St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox, he broke a league RBI record.

Moore was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs while adding his 13th homer of the summer. He now has 69 RBIs for the season, which tops the old league record of 68.

Moore is from Cullman, and on the same night he set his record, another former Alabama baseball star by way of Cullman had a big night, too. Colorado Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge slugged his third homer of the season in an 11-6 loss to St. Louis.

Rutledge was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, giving him 11 in his time with the Rockies. Of course, three homers and 11 RBIs might not seem like a lot four months into the major league season. But Rutledge has played in only 16 games after spending most of the season in the minors. He is hitting .381.

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