Friday, May 28, 2010
Pelfrey, Mets Complete Scoreless Sweep of Phillies; Kubel Swings Twins Over Yanks
Players of the Day for Thursday, May 27, 2010 American League Now that the Minnesota Twins have settled into their new outdoor stadium at Target Field, the next step would probably be to actually take a series from the Yankees. New York took the first two games of their three-game set in Minnesota, but the Twins avoided being swept with an 8-2 win over the Bronx Boys, thanks largely to a well-timed burst of offense from Jason Kubel. Off to a very slow start, Kubel has been swinging the bat better of late, though still without consistency. In Thursday's win, he went 3-for-4, with two homers and a double, scored three times and drive in five runs. His double in the second inning put the Twins up 2-0 and he scored later in the inning for a 3-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Kubel launched a solo homer to right and came up big again in the 7th, with a three-run blast that put the game completely out of reach. Kubel's batting average is still a sub-par .233, but he's hit three homers and driven in 16 runs over the past 10 games. As the weather heats up, it appears Jason Kubel will also. National League Mets' pitchers have to be feeling good about their just-completed sweep of Philadelphia, in which they combined to keep the Phillies off the scoreboard for the entire 27 innings. After beating the first-place Phils, 8-0 and 5-0, Mike Pelfrey took command of the mound for his 7th win against just one loss, tossing seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win. Pelfrey wasn't exactly overpowering, but he was effective, allowing three hits and five walks while striking out 5. The Mets' infield turned three double plays to get their starter out of jams in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. Pedro Feliciano worked the 8th and Francisco Rodriguez picked up his ninth save with a perfect 9th inning. The sweep helped everybody else in the division close the gap on the Phillies, who have lost five straight. Atlanta is all of a sudden just 1 1/2 back, the Mets are 2 behind, with the Nationals and Marlins in the hunt, three games out.