August 15, 2001 |
Orlando Palmeiro started at designated hitter for the fifth consecutive game Tuesday night, leaving Benji Gil wondering if he has fallen out of favor with Manager Mike Scioscia. "I guess I'm back to not being able to hit right-handers," said Gil, who is batting .324 with eight homers and 37 runs batted in this season and has a .308 average against right-handers. "I don't know what to think. I certainly don't know what to expect."
July 18, 2001 |
The secret to offensive success was simple for the Angels on Tuesday. Let Benji Gil swing the bat. Everyone else take. That worked well in an 8-7 victory over the San Diego Padres before 30,181 at Edison Field. Gil, who lost his shortstop job earlier this season, hit two home runs, helping the Angels overcome a 7-2 deficit. His three-run shot in the eighth tied the score, 7-7. Except for Gil, the offense was passive. The Angels got three runs without swinging, among them the winner in the ninth.
July 8, 2001 |
Benji Gil would like to be an everyday shortstop, and the Atlanta Braves may provide just the opportunity he is looking for. With young shortstop Rafael Furcal possibly out for the season after dislocating his left shoulder sliding into second base Friday night, the Braves are now in the market for a shortstop, and Gil, the Angel utility player, is believed to be high on their list.
June 22, 2001 |
After reaching base four times with a triple, two singles and a walk in Wednesday night's 4-3 victory, Angel infielder Benji Gil was asked if three hits would be enough to earn another start Thursday night. "No way," Gil said. "That's not happening." Imagine how stunned Gil was to arrive at the Ballpark in Arlington Thursday and see his name in the lineup. He batted ninth and played second base. "Yeah, I was surprised," Gil said. "Weren't you?" Gil is batting .
May 10, 2001 |
Benji Gil hit .343 in his first 23 games, which is 121 points better than his .222 career average. He drove in 13 runs, which is only 10 fewer than he had in 110 games last season. And he still lost his starting shortstop job to David Eckstein last week. But Manager Mike Scioscia's decision wasn't so much a reflection on Gil as it was on the Angels' desperate need for a leadoff batter after Darin Erstad moved to the second spot April 24.
April 10, 2001 |
Shortstop Benji Gil couldn't have timed his four-hit game against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday any better. With second baseman Adam Kennedy due off the disabled list soon and current second baseman David Eckstein's stock on the rise--so much so that Manager Mike Scioscia said Eckstein could play some shortstop when Kennedy returns--Gil's outburst was a nice reminder that he can be a significant asset to the team.