Friday, May 1, 2009
Garza, Longoria Bury BoSox; Cantu Continues Hot Streak
Players of the Day for Thursday, April 30, 2009 American League Matt Garza (left) took a perfect game into the seventh inning and worked into the 8th, one-hitting the Red Sox as his Tampa Bay teammates piled up the runs in a 13-0 Rays victory. Garza (2-2) allowed an infield single by Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the 7th. Other than that dribbler, he was lights out, later giving up a walk, but striking out ten in a dominating performance. Garza threw 108 pitches, of which 75 went for strikes. Leading the 18-hit Tampa attack was third baseman Evan Longoria (right), who opened the scoring with a first-inning, bases-loaded double off Boston starter Josh Beckett, and later singled and smacked a solo home run, driving in 4 runs and scoring three times. National League Jorge Cantu continued his hot hitting as the Florida Marlins topped the Cubs, 8-2, in 10 innings. Cantu got the Marlins on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the 7th inning, and doubled home three more as Florida struck for 6 runs in the top of the 10th. Over the last three games, Cantu has been on fire, going 6-for-10, stroking four home runs while piling up 10 RBI.