Thursday, April 26, 2007

Peavy's 16 K's Wasted; Washburn Blanks A's

Wednesday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Jerrod Washburn earned his first victory of the season, shutting out the Oakland A's on 3 hits, and 2 walks.
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The complete game was the 7 of his career and his 3rd shutout. Washburn struck out only two and needed 104 pitches (72 for strikes) to mow down the A's hitters. He began the night setting down the first nine batters he faced and the Seattle infield turned a pair of double plays in support of his outstanding performance. The loss dropped the A's into a first place tie with the Angels in the AL West. 7-9 Seattle is only 1 1/2 back. Magglio Ordonez went 3-4 with a double and 3 RBI - giving him 20 on the season - as the Tigers won at Chicago, 4-2 and climbed to within a 1/2 game of AL Central leader, Cleveland. In the contentious division, the White Sox are only 1 game back, followed by the Twins, 1 1/2 behind. Other AL Scores Boston 6 Baltimore 1 - C. Schilling (W, 3-1) 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER Cleveland 8, Texas 7, 11 innings Kansas City 4 Minnesota 3 - D. DeJesus, 3-4, HR (4) LA Angels 9 Tampa Bay 1 - J. Lackey (W, 3-2) National League Jake Peavy (right) struck out 16 Diamondbacks - at one point fanning 9 straight - but his stellar effort was wasted when Stephen Drew smacked a 2-out, 2-run walk-off homer against Trevor Hoffman in the 9th to earn Arizona's 3-2 victory over the Padres. Peavy was nothing short of spectacular, allowing just 2 hits and 3 walks over 7 innings. All but 5 of the outs he recorded were by strikeout. With no decision, Peavy remains 3-0, lowering his ERA to 1.67 with a 1.05 WHIP. Todd Helton singled twice and doubled twice, driving in 3 runs and scoring twice as Colorado upended the NY Mets at Shea. John Mabry chipped in with 4 RBI and a 3-run homer. Matt Holiday drove in 3 runs with a pair of singles and Willie Taveras stroked 5 singles in 6 at-bats. Derrek Lee singled, doubled twice and hit his 1st home run of 2007, pacing the Chicago Cubs to a 9-3 win over the visiting 1st place Brewers. Lee scored twice and drove in a pair. His 5th inning HR was a solo shot. Other NL Scores St. Louis 5 Cincinnati 2 Pittsburgh 4 Houston 3, 16 innings Florida 4 Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 9 Washington 3 - J. Rollins, HR (8), C. Utley, 5-5 San Francisco 6 LA Dodgers 4 - B. Bonds, HR (7), Giants, 7 straight wins

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