Saturday, May 9, 2009
Verlander's 2-Hit Gem Strangles Tribe; Delgado Leads Mets to 5th Straight Win
Players of the Day for Friday, May 8, 2009 American League Justin Verlander outdueled Cleveland's Cliff Lee, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks in Detroit's 1-0 squeaker over the Indians. Verlander allowed a single in the first inning, but gave up no more hits until Victor Martinez's 1-out double in the 7th. Martinez was the only Indian baserunner to reach second. Improving his record to 3-2, Verlander punched out 11 batters on strikes and faced just two more than the minimum, in complete command throughout the complete game - the fourth of his career - despite the tight score. The Tigers didn't get on the board until the top of the eighth, but Detroit's ace made it stand up. Verlander has won 3 straight and has allowed just 11 hits and 1 earned run in his last 23 innings, while striking out 31. National League The NY Mets won their fifth straight as Carlos Delgado provided 5 RBI in their 7-3 win over the visiting Pirates. After singling home a pair of runs in the first inning, Delgado delivered the game-changing blow with a three-run homer in the 8th inning, as the mets erupted for 5 runs in the inning. An uneventful single in the 6th rounded out a 3-for-5 night for the All-Star first baseman. New York is now tied with the Marlins, both 1/2 game behind Philadelphia in the NL East. Off to somewhat of a slow start, Delgado's home run was just his 4th of the season. He needs just 27 more long balls to join the 500 club. That would make his eventual entry into the Hall of Fame nearly a certainty. He already has surpassed 2000 hits and 1500 RBI in his exceptional career.