Friday, June 1, 2007

Ichiro Streak Reaches 24; Zimmerman Leads Nats' Outburst

American League Baltimore 6 LA Angels 2 - The Orioles continued their road trip with their 6th straight win in the opener of a 4-game set at Anaheim. Brian Roberts went 3-4, drove in a run and scored twice. He's batting .321. Angels' Vladimir Guerrero doubled and singled twice in 5 at-bats, driving in a pair of runs. His .357 batting average ties him for the league lead with Yankees' Jorge Posada. Seattle 9 Texas 5 - The Mariners picked up a game in the AL West, and now trail the Angels by 4 1/2 games. Leadoff man extrordinaire, Ichiro Suzuki (right) slapped 3 singles, scored twice and drove in 2, extending his hitting streak to 24 games. Toronto 2 Chicago White Sox 0 - Roy Halladay came back from a short stint on the DL in excellent fashion, blanking the Sox on 6 hits over 7 innings for his 100th career win. Halladay, 30, has a Cy Young award to his credit, earning in 2003, when he went 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA and 204 strikeouts. In 200 starts, Halladay is 100-50, with 26 complete games, 8 shutouts and a lifetime ERA of 3.63. He's also approaching another milestone in strikeouts. He has 987. The Blue Jays got both of their runs on solo homers by Aaron Hill and Frank Thomas. The shots were the 8th of the season for both players, but for Thomas, it was career home run #495. The White Sox have lost 5 straight and trail Cleveland by 7 1/2 in the AL Central Minnesota and Detroit are also ahead of Chicago in the standings.
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The Blue Jays trail the Red Sox by 11 1/2 and are 1 1/2 behind second place Baltimore. Cleveland 11 Detroit 5 - After sweeping the Tigers in Detroit last week to cement their lead in the AL Central, the Indians opened a 4-game home series with the Tigers in the same dominating way. Travis Hafner led the hit parade with a 2-run homer - his 10th - off Detroit starter Justin Verlander, and helped send him to the showers in the 5th, driving in a pair of runs with a single, after which catcher Victor Martinez busted a 2-run homer. C. C. Sabathia picked up his 8th win, though it wasn't pretty, allowing 5 earned runs off 10 hits and a walk. Sabathia has lost just once this season. Cleveland leads Detroit by 3 1/2 in the Central. National League San Diego 4 Pittsburgh 2, 11 innings - The Padres tied the Dodgers and Diamondbacks for 1st place in the NL West with their 8th win in their last 10 games. Mike Cameron doubled twice and homered in the 11th, driving in a pair in 5 at-bats. The Padres added another run in the extra frame on a sac fly. The Padres finished off the month of May with an 18-9 record. Washington 11 LA Dodgers 4 - Ryan Zimmerman (right) rapped a 2-run homer in the 1st and doubled home two more in the 8th inning as the Nationals had a rare offensive outburst at the Dodgers' expense. Zimmerman was 2-4, scored 3 times and had 4 RBI. NY Mets 4 San Francisco 2 - Another day, another game without a Barry Bonds home run. Mets' starter Orlando Hernandez allowed just two hits - both of them in the first inning, when the Giants plated their only runs of the game. Hernandez was pretty much untouchable after that, issuing just a walk in the 3rd inning and retiring the last 14 batters he faced. The Mets improved to 34-18, the best record in the National League, and lead the Eastern division by 4 1/2 over Atlanta. As for Bonds, he's had just 1 home run in his last 18 games, dating back to May 8. Since then, his batting average has fallen from .338 to .270 and he's driven in only 2 runs. His last homer - on May 27 - ended a 14-game drought. He's gone without a long ball in 4 straight since. Bonds needs 9 more homers to tie Hank Aaron with 755 career blasts. The Giants have 110 games left on their 2007 schedule and Bonds turns 43 on July 24. Milwaukee 4 Florida 3 - Prince Fielder whacked his 19th home run, tying him with Alex Rodriguez for the most in the majors, and J. J. Hardy went 3-4 and drove in the game winner in the 8th as the Brewers extended to a 6 1/2-game lead in the Central over Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
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To illustrated just how bad the Central division is, the Houston Astros just snapped a 10-game losing streak and are just 1 game behind the trio in 2nd. Houston 10 Cincinnati 2 - Yes, the Astros will win a few more this season. Houston ended their 10-game losing streak with a convincing home win over the Reds. Astros' hitters victimized Cincy starter Branden Arroyo (2-6) for 8 earned runs in 5 innings off 11 hits. St. Louis 7 Colorado 3 - The Cards earned a 2-2 spilt with their 2nd straight win over the Rockies ending May with a record of 12-15.

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