Monday, July 7, 2008
Garland Stops Blue Jays, 7-1; Hardy Helps Brewers into 2nd
Garland Stops Blue Jays, 7-1; Hardy Helps Brewers into 2nd Players of the Day from Sunday, July 6, 2008 American League The LA Angels continue to press their edge in the AL West, getting a complete game out of starter Jon Garland as they stopped the sputtering Blue Jays, 7-1. Garland (8-5) allowed just 6 hits, with the only run a solo homer by Rod Barajas in the 5th inning. Garland threw 98 pitches, struck out 3 and didn't walk a batter. With the A's losing 4-3 at Chicago, the Angels now have a 6-game bulge in the standings and are the only team in the AL with winning records at home, on the road and against all three divisions. Notes: Tampa Bay won their 7th straight, 9-2 over KC, while the Yankees downed the Red Sox, 5-4 in extra innings, giving the Rays a 5-game lead in the AL East. In the Central, the White Sox, Twins and Tigers were all winners, but the season looks to be over in Cleveland, as the Indians lost their 8th straight and are apparently sending C. C. Sabathia to Milwaukee in a trade. National League After a slow start, the Milwaukee Brewers have finally caught St. Louis and are in second place with the Cardinals, 3 1/2 behind the Cubs. On Sunday, J. J. Hardy led the Brewers to an 11-6 thrashing of Pittsburgh and a sweep of the 3-game series. Hardy spearheaded a 16-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of homers, 4 RBI and 2 runs. The shortstop has been on a tear of late. Over his last 7 games, he's gone 18-for-28 with 6 homers and 12 RBI, with multiple hits in 6 of those 7 games. Notes: Despite dropping their last two, the Phillies still maintain a 2 1/2 game lead over the Marlins in the East. They and the Cardinals are the only teams in the NL with winning records at home, on the road and against each division.