Saturday, July 4, 2009

Choo, Tribe Hammers A's; SF Rookie Sadowski Goes to 2-0

Players of the Day for Friday, July 3, 2009 American League Anchored at the bottom of the AL Central division, the Cleveland Indians are probably not headed for the post-season, but every now and then they like to remind the rest of the league that they still have a potent lineup, capable of putting up double figures in runs at any time. Friday was one of those times, as the Indians banged out 15 hits (8 for extra bases) in a 15-3 throttling of the Oakland A's. Of all those hits, 4 of them came off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo, who belted a pair of homers, a double and a single, stole a base, scored 4 times and drove in 7 runs. Whew! Choo had a heck of a night, the homers being the 3-run and solo variety, his 11th and 12th of the season. He has 53 RBI on the year and the 4-for-5 effort boosted his average to .301. The Indians are hopelessly 13 games out of the division lead, and are 17 games under .500. Their record of 32-49 is the worst in the American League. National League With Tim Lincecum on the staff, the San Francisco Giants hardly need another ace starter, but they may have one in the making in Ryan Sadowski, who turned in his second straight scoreless performance, improving to 2-0, in a 13-0 laugher over the Houston Astros. Sadowski, who threw a 3-hitter over 6 innings in his previous start at Milwaukee, followed up with an even more impressive 7-inning stint, allowing just 4 hits and one walk while fanning 4. His scoreless streak is now 13 innings, and the rest of the numbers are dazzling. 0.87 WHIP, .159 opposing BA, and yeah, that 0.00 ERA isn't bad either.

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