Friday, August 1, 2008
Figgins Leads Angels to 4th Straight; Webb Wins 15th
Players of the Day from Thursday, July 31, 2008 American League Often forgotten in the galaxy of star, Angels' leadoff hitter Chone Figgins is often the man who gets the offense started. On Thursday, Figgins was at his best, rapping out 4 singles in 5 at-bats, stealing a base, scoring three times and driving in a run as the Angels continued their Eastward swing undefeated, topping the Yankees, 12-6. The Angels began their trip by dropping the Red Sox three straight times, and opened their 4-game series with the Yankees with a win. The Angels have won four straight, 8 of their last 10 and lead the AL West by 12 1/2 games. Figgins, who missed part of the season on the DL, has 79 hits in 71 games for a .285 batting average, with 21 steals and 41 runs scored. Notes: The Yankees' loss left them 4 1/2 behind Tampa Bay in the AL East, in third place. Sandwiched in between are the Red Sox, 3 games behind. Minnesota beat Chicago, 10-6, and are just 1/2 game behind the white Sox in the Central. National League Brandon Webb became the first 15-game winner in the majors, outdeuling Derek Lowe, as Arizona topped the Dodgers, 2-1. Webb (15-4) allowed 6 hits and one earned run over 8 innings, fanning 6 and walking just one batter. Lowe (8-9) lasted just 6 1/3 for LA, and took the loss, dropping the Dodgers 2 games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West race. The two teams have three more games in LA through Sunday. Notes: The Cubs completed their 4-game sweep of Milwaukee with an 11-4 win. The Brewers were just a game back when the Cubs came to town on Monday. By Thursday night, they were 5 back, tied with the Cardinals for second place. The Phillies won their fifth straight, 8-4, over Washington, to improve their lead in the NL East to a full game over the Mets and 1 1/2 over the Marlins.