Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Greinke Gets 8th Win; Lincecum Shuts Out Braves Over 8

Players of the Day for Tuesday, May 26, 2009 American League Kansas City clawed back into second place in the AL Central, 3 games behind the Detroit Tigers, as Zack Greinke improved his record to 8-1, taming the Tigers in a 6-1 Royals win. After allowing a first-inning run on a Placido Polanco double and a Magglio Ordonez run-scoring single, Greinke toyed with the Tigers the rest of the way, hurling his 5th complete game of the season. Over the nine innings, the Royals' rightie allowed six hits while striking out eight. He threw 116 pitches, of which 79 went for strikes and did not issue any walks. Greinke's league-leading ERA stands at 0.84, slightly better than his astounding WHIP of 0.88. National League Tim Lincecum got his first decision in three weeks, shutting out the Atlanta Braves for 8 innings as the Giants beat Atlanta, 4-0, taking the first two games of the series and moving to within one game of .500 at 22-23. Lincecum (4-1) struck out 8, walked two and allowed just 5 hits before giving way to reliever Bob Howry, who pitched a perfect ninth inning. The San Fran ace also walked and scored a run in the Giants' second inning, the only inning in which any runs were produced. In just his third year in the majors, Lincecum, who turns 25 on June 15, has become one of the best pitchers in either league, having compiled a record of 29-11 during his short stay. This season, he's sporting a 3.03 ERA and a WHIP of 1.19. He's struck out 84 batters in 65 innings.

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