Thursday, May 27, 2010
Adrian Beltre Blasts for Boston Sweep; Roy Oswalt Shuts Down Brewers
Players of the Day for Wednesday, May 26, 2010 American League When the Red Sox reached out and grabbed Adrian Beltre from Seattle in the off-season, nobody doubted that the acquisition would pay big benefits for Boston. Fitting right in from the start, Beltre's provided solid defense and an important bat so far this season. The slugging veteran had his best game as a Boston regular in Wednesday's 11-3 win over Tampa Bay, cracking a pair of homers a triple and a single in 6 at-bats as the Red Sox completed their three-game, on-the-road sweep of the first place Rays. Beltre got things started with a solo homer in the 2nd inning, added a 3-run blast in the 3rd, singled in the 7th and capped off his night with a triple in the 9th, plating two more Red Sox runs. The homers were only his 4th and 5th of the season, but the 6 RBI put him at 33 for the year, tops on the team. Beltre also leads the Sox with a .341 batting average, third in the league. Boston moved past Toronto into third place, 5 1/2 games behind the Rays and just 2 back of the Yankees. National League Roy Oswalt hasn't gotten much run support in his 10 starts this season, but made sure he didn't need much as he blanked the Brewers over 8 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk while fanning 9, as the Astros won, 4-0. Oswalt struck out every regular in the Milwaukee lineup one time and added a K on reliever Claudio Vargas for good measure. He threw 74 of 109 pitches for strikes in upping his record to 3-6. Oswalt's poor record is undeserved considering the way he's pitched. In 69 innings, he's allowed just 53 hits, has an ERA of 2.35, 69 Ks and a 1.01 WHIP, among the best in the league. With a little support at the plate, Oswalt could easily be 6-3.