Saturday, August 9, 2008
Hunter, the Yankee Killer; Sabathia Hurls Shutout at Nats
Players of the Day from Friday, August 8, 2008 American League With the Texas Rangers taking it on the chin, 9-1, at Baltimore, the LA Angels didn't waste the opportunity to add another game to their lead in the AL West. Torii Hunter singled twice, doubled, homered and drove in 4 runs as the Angels pounded the Yankees, 10-5, Friday night. That gives the Angels a 13-game edge in the division. They are also 3 games up on AL East-leading Tampa Bay for home field through the playoffs with the best record in the majors, at 72-43. Notes: The White Sox downed the Red Sox, 5-3, dropping Boston 3 1/2 behind the Rays, while Chicago maintained its 1/2 game lead over Minnesota in the Central. In Detroit, the vultures are circling, as the Tigers dropped another game further behind, losing at home to Oakland, 4-2. The A's win snapped their 10-game losing streak. National League The incredible saga of C. C. Sabathia continued last night as the burly hurler pitched his 4th complete game and second shutout of the season as the Brewers blanked Washington, 5-0. Sabathia allowed just 5 hits and a single walk while fanning 9 Nationals. It was his 9th straight win, a streak which stretches back to June 10, when he was with Cleveland. Sabathia is 6-0 since joining the Brewers in early July and is carrying ridiculous numbers in the NL: a 1.58 ERA, a WHIP of 0.91, with 12 walks and 52 Ks in 57 innings. Notes: Despite Sabathia's best efforts, the Brewers can't seem to make up any ground on the Cubs, who are still 5 games ahead after topping the Cardinals, 3-2, in 11 innings. Milwaukee is 2 games in front of St. Louis in the wild card race, however, with the next closest pursuer the NY Mets, 3 1/2 back. In the West, Arizona has lost three straight and the lead is down to just 1/2 game over the Dodgers.