Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Martinez, Peralta Shine for Tribe; Lincecum Fans 15; Willingham Slams Twice
Players of the Day for Monday, July 27, 2009 American League The Cleveland Indians recently emerged from last place in the AL Central and extended their winning streak to five games on Monday, with a stunning 8-6 victory over the LA Angels courtesy of Victor Martinez's (left) 3-run ninth inning homer and Jhonny Peralta's (right) all-around excellence. Martinez slugged his 15th round-tripper against closer Brian Fuentes and Peralta added a solo shot on his final trip to the plate. The homers were back-to-back and provided the winning margin. Peralta also singled twice, doubled and drove in 3 while scoring twice in five at-bats. The Cleveland third baseman has been on something of a hot streak, hitting safely in each of his last six games, including multiple-hit games in his last four. In those four games he's gone 11-for-19 (.579) with 10 RBI and 2 homers. National League Tim Lincecum fanned a career-high 15 in a complete game, four hit, 4-2 gem over Pittsburgh. The 2008 Cy Young winner continued his quest for a repeat, improving to 11-3 and dropping his ERA to a minuscule 2.30, as the two Pirates' runs were unearned. He also extended his major-league leading strikeout total to 183. In Milwaukee, Josh Willingham stroked a pair of grand slam homers, becoming only the 13th in the majors to accomplish the feat, as the Nationals extended their win streak to three games with a 14-6 slaughter of the Brewers. The Nats remain in last place, but the loss dropped the Brewers 4 games behind the Cubs, who beat the Astros, 5-1, in 13 innings. Willingham's homers were his 15th and 16th on the year, and his 8 RBI tied the franchise record. He also stroked his 20th double of the season.