Monday, April 26, 2010
Price 4-Hits Blue Jays; Theriot Goes 5-for-6 as Cubs Sweep Brewers
Players of the Day for Sunday, April 25, 2010 American League For the Tampa Bay Rays, the wait for David Price to mature into a quality starter was a short one. Just two years into his major league career (he only pitched 14 innings in 2007 before his World Series heroics), Price is off to a 3-1 start and the Rays have a tight grip on first place in the AL East, 1 1/2 in front of the world champion Yankees. Price had all the goods on Sunday, hurling his first complete game shutout, a 4-hit, 9 K, 6-0 gem over the Toronto Blue Jays in front of the home crowd in Tampa. The 6'6" Nashville native needed just 109 pitches to shut down the Jays, throwing 76 strikes and walking just one batter. After some early struggles, Price settled in, get 12 straight outs from the 3rd inning into the 7th and finishing with a perfect 9th. The win dropped his ERA down to 2.20, along with a 1.05 WHIP. The 6-0 score could have been worse, were it not for the arm of Jose Molina, who threw out 4 runners at second, including the speedy Carl Crawford, twice. Molina's four throw-outs were the most in a single game since 2002. National League Though they are just 9-10, the Cubs find themselves in second place in the NL Central, 2 1/2 back of the Cardinals, the only team in the division with a winning record. Chicago completed a three-game sweep of division-rival Milwaukee, taking the series-ender by a 12-2 score, scoring in each of the first five innings and adding one more run in the 7th. Brewers infielders got to know leadoff hitter, Ryan Theriot, very well, as he went 5-for-6, with 4 singles and a double, scored twice and drove in three runs. Theriot also stole his 5th base of the season, swiping second in the 2nd inning. By the time Theriot and his teammates were through wearing out Milwaukee's pitchers, the game was completely in the hands of the Cubs. Making matters worse for Milwaukee was that they were swept on their home turf, and the scores were embarrassing: 8-1, 5-1 and 12-2. Theriot has had multiple hits in each of his last five games, going 14-for-25 (.560) over that span. Oddly enough, the Brewers had just beaten up on Pittsburgh, 8-0 and 20-0, prior to their series with Chicago.