Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ross' 2 HR Not Enough for Marlins; Bedard Blanks Boston

Players of the Day from Wednesday, May 28, 2008 American League Tim Wakefield had the old flutterball working last night in Seattle, but the Mariners' Erik Bedard used harder stuff to get the decision in Seattle's 1-0 win over Boston. Bedard (4-3) gave up two hits and three walks while fanning 8 over 7 scoreless innings in his best performance of the season. Brandon Morrow and J.J. Putz finished up with an inning of perfect relief each. Though his ERA is a bit high at 4.03, Bedard has pitched well in his 9 starts, allowing only 42 hits in 53 innings. His strikeouts to walks ratio is better than 2-1 (48-23), but he's given up 8 homers and often doesn't get much run support. Well, he does play for the Mariners, who have scored just 217 runs in 54 games. In the AL, only the Blue Jays and Royals have scored less. Notes: Kansas City lost a tough 10-9, 10-inning decision to the Twins on Wednesday, but it was their 10th straight loss, the longest losing streak in the majors this season. National League Cody Ross did what he could to keep the Marlins in the game, but the Mets eventually overcame Florida, 7-6, in 11 innings. Ross delivered a pair of homers off NY starter Oliver Perez - a solo shot in the 5th and a 3-run blast in the 6th which actually gave the Marlins a 5-4 lead. Ross' heroics went for naught, however, as Eric Chavez homered to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and Fernando Tatis doubled home a pair in the 14th after Florida had retaken the lead with a run in the top of the frame. Notes: Jeff Suppan 4-hit the Braves over 8 innings in Milwaukee's 1-0 win, but he couldn't stop Chipper Jones from extending his hitting streak to ten games. Jones singled in the 3rd inning and walked twice. His 1-for-2 night at the plate raised his batting average to .418.

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