Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cuddyer Cycles Twins to Win; Rookie Kawakami Tops Halladay, Jays

Players of the Day for Friday, May 22, 2009 American League Interleague play began Friday, and the Minnesota Twins bats kept booming. Just one night after hammering the White Sox, 20-1, the Twins welcomed the Brewers for the first of a three-game series. While the Twins didn't exactly tear the cover off the ball, they did amass 12 hits in an 11-3 victory, four of those belonging to Michael Cuddyer, who hit for the cycle. Cuddyer began his historic night with a first-inning three-run homer, then doubled and scored in the third, singled in a run in the fourth and completed the cycle by legging out a triple in the sixth, driving in his fifth run of the evening. Cuddyer, having a productive season with a .291 batting average, 9 homers and 30 RBI, has been on a hot streak. He also had four hits in Thursday's romp. National League Roy Halladay doesn't lose often, especially when he pitches like he did in Atlanta Friday, surrendering just five hits and no runs while fanning 6 over 7 innings. Actually, Halladay didn't take the loss, reliever Jesse Carlson did that, as Atlanta rookie Kenshin Kawakami spun a 3-hit gem, striking out 8 without giving up a walk over 8 innings as the Braves topped Toronto, 1-0. Kawakami, who notched his third win against five losses, recorded his longest outing of the season, and easily his best. A native of Japan, Kawakami has registered a decision in each of his 8 starts, carries an ERA of 4.73 and has struck out 42 batters in 45 2/3 innings.

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