Monday, April 19, 2010

Callaspo Drives in 6 for Royals; Wainwright Stops Mets

Players of the Day for Sunday, April 18, 2010 American League The Kansas City Royals have been high on Alberto Callaspo ever since he arrived from Arizona in 2008. The diminutive (5'8") Venezuelan is a slick fielder at second base and has amazing power for a guy his size. After suffering through injuries in 2008, Callaspo blossomed in 2009, batting an even .300 with 11 homers, 79 RBI and 73 runs. In Sunday's 10-5 win over the Twins, Callaspo banged out a pair of three-run homers and added a single for a 3-for-5 day at the plate. The Royals are still near the bottom of the AL Central, at 5-7, but taking a game from the division leaders was a positive sign for a team that regularly finishes with one of the worst records in the majors. Callaspo and his current teammates seek to change that tune in 2010. National League A night after the Cards went 20 innings with the Mets, St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright knew he'd probably have to pitch nine innings if his team was going to have any chance of winning, but prospects appeared dim after Angel Pagan delivered a bases-loaded single in the second inning, plating two runs, and then Wainwright (a 2009 Golden Glove recipient) committed his first error in two years, which allowed a third run to score. But wainwright was unfazed by the unfortunate turn of events, getting out of the inning without further damage and setting down the Mets the rest of the game on one hit. He retired 8 straight until Pagan singled again to lead off the 5th and then set down the last 11 in a row to finish the game. He walked 2 and stuck out 9 for his first complete game of 2010. Rewarded by his teammates with 3 runs in the fifth and 2 more in the 8th, Wainwright notched his 3rd win of the season without a loss, as the Cardinals finished up their series with the Mets with a clutch 5-3 win. Wainwright's numbers thus far have been outstanding. In 24 innings, he's recorded 22 Ks, allowed just 14 hits, 5 walks and 4 earned runs, for a 1.50 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

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