Friday, May 4, 2007

Indians on the Warpath; Gorzelanny Stops Brewers

Thursday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League The Cleveland Indians won their 4th straight and 10th in their last 11 games with a 6-5 win and 3-game sweep of the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Grady Sizemore snapped a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 8th with a run-plating ground rule double and Joe Borowski struck out 2 and didn't allow a hit in the 9th for his 10th save. Catcher Victor Martinez (right) stroked 3 singles, a double, drove in 2 and scored a run in a 4-4 effort, boosting his batting average to a smooth .333. Leading the AL Central by 2 games over Detroit, the Indians currently hold claim to the best record in the majors at 17-8 including 11 of 14 at home. Tampa Bay dropped Minnesota 6-4 on Thursday, taking the last 2 of their 3 game series in Tampa. Rocco Baldelli and Carlos Pena each cracked their 5th home runs of the season and closer Al Reyes, acquired from the Cardinals in the off-season, picked up his 10th save with a hitless 9th inning. Reyes has picked up right where he left off. Following his stellar performances in the playoffs and World Series, Reyes has allowed just 5 hits and 2 earned runs in 14 innings, fanning 18 in the process. His ERA is 1.29 and his WHIP a fantasy dream 0.57. Following a Wednesday rainout, the NY Yankees took a pair at the expense of the host Texas Rangers, 4-3 and 5-2 on Thursday. Shortstop Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 20 games, getting a single in 4 at-bats in the first game, followed by a 3-5 effort with a pair of RBI in the second.
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After a disappointing April, the Bombers have started off May 3-0, and trail the Red Sox by 5 1/2 in the AL East. They're tied for 2nd with Toronto and Tampa Bay, while the O's, losers of 4 straight, have fallen to last place. Manny Ramirez blasted his second homer of the night, untying a 7-7 score in the bottom of the 8th to lead the Red Sox to their 9th win in 13 home games, 8-7 over Seattle. Ramirez had a 2-run shot in the 4th inning. After a horribly slow start at the plate, Manny has now hit 3 in his last 4 games, giving him 5 for the season. Other AL Scores Kansas City 5 LA Angels 2 - V. Guerrero, HR (9), Angels, 5-10 on road National League Shane Victorino (right) led a 13-hit Philadelphia attack with a 3-3 effort and 2 RBI. He also scored twice and stole a pair of bases as the Phillies outscored the Giants 9-7. Victorino, drafted by the Dodgers in 1999, got his first shot as a full time starter last year and responded with a .287 batting average in 153 games. He's at .277 this season, and has been a solid contributor, usually batting in the #2 spot behind Jimmy Rollins. Somebody had to stop the Milwaukee Brewers - winners of 4 straight and 9 of their last 11 - from running away with the NL Central, so Tom Gorzelanny and the Pittsburgh Pirates took it upon themselves and wound up 4-2 winners and 4 1/2 games back in second place. Gorzelanny (4-1) has already doubled his win total from 2006 and worked 7 innings on Thursday, allowing just 6 hits and 2 earned runs.
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Salomon Torres picked up his 9th save, pitching a scoreless 9th inning. The Pirates will attempt to close the gap further, as they have 3 more games at Milwaukee this weekend. Other NL Scores Houston 7 Cincinnati 5 - Griffey Jr., 3-5, HR (3), SB (1) NY Mets 9 Arizona 4 - C. Beltran, HR (7), Mets, Braves tied for NL East lead

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