Friday, May 29, 2009
Baltimore's Scott on Tear; Wolf Claws Cubs in 2-1 Dodger Win
Players of the Day for Thursday, May 29, 2009 American League Luke Scott provided all the offense necessary in Baltimore's 5-1 win over Detroit with a first inning solo home run and a three-run blast in the 8th. His 4 RBI were sufficient to support the pitching of rookie David Hernández, who picked up his first major league win in his first start, going 5 2/3 innings, on 5 hits, three walks and one earned run. Scott, who is batting a solid .318 in 31 games this season, launched his 7th and 8th homers, upping his RBI total to 22. Over the past 5 games, Scott has been a fantasy owner's dream, going 10-for-16 with 4 home runs, 9 RBI and 8 runs scored. National League Limited action in the National League, with just two games: the D-Backs topped the Braves, 5-2, while in Chicago, the Cubs lost for the 9th time in their last 11 games, while the Dodgers won the 9th in their last 11, beating the Cubs, 2-1, on the strength of Randy Wolf's 7 innings on the mound. Wolf, one of baseball's aging hurlers, will turn 43 in August, but has proven that he can still bring it on occasion, as he did last night, fanning seven while giving up 6 hits and a walk. The only run came in the 8th inning, on a leadoff solo home run by pinch hitter Bobby Scales, which sent Wolf to the showers. Ramon Troncoso picked up the 2-inning save - his third - but just barely, surrendering 3 hits and two walks during his six-out stint. Wolf improved to 3-1, with a 1.11 WHIP and a 2.84 ERA on the season.