Monday, May 12, 2008
Bannister 2-hits Baltimore; Beltran Leads Mets Again
Players of the Day from Sunday, May 11, 2008 American League Kansas City's Brian Bannister pitched 8 innings of shutout ball, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5, as the Royals knocked off Baltimore, 4-0, on Sunday. Bannister (4-4) didn't allow any runners past first base and threw 110 pitches, giving way to Joakim Soria, who finished up with a 1-2-3 9th inning. The win was the first for Bannister after losing his last three straight starts. It was also the first win for the Royals after twelve straight losses to the Orioles. Notes: The Tampa Bay Rays swept the LA Angels over the weekend, finishing up with an 8-5 win in Tampa after beating the Angels by consecutive 2-0 scores. Tampa is just 1 1/2 behind Boston in the East, while the Angles yielded first place to the A's in the West. Minnesota continues to cling to first place in the Central, coming from behind to beat Boston on Sunday night, 9-8. National League Carlos Beltran was the hitting star again, as the Mets downed the Reds, 8-3. Beltran doubled home Luis Castillo in the first inning and socked his 3rd home run of the season - with Castillo aboard again - in the fifth. Beltran had three RBI total and scored twice as the Mets moved into a tie with Philadelphia for second place in the East. Both teams trail the red-hot Florida Marlins by three games. Florida won its seventh straight with a 5-4 win at Washington. Notes: Get the brooms out: The Marlins swept the Nationals while Arizona was being swept by Chicago and Houston swept the Dodgers. The rare dominance by Central division teams leaves St. Louis and Chicago tied for first with the surprising Astros 1 1/2 back. Arizona remains 3 1/2 to the good over the Dodgers.