Saturday, June 5, 2010
Peralta Sparks Last-Place Indians; Wainwright Shuts Out Brewers
Players of the Day for Friday, June 4, 2010 American League Despite beating up on the White Sox 10-1, Cleveland remains in last place in the AL Central, 11 games out and 1 1/2 behind 4th place Kansas City, but don't blame Jhonny Peralta for the Indians' troubles. Peralta banged out two singles and two doubles in five at-bats against White Sox hurlers, scored twice and drove in a season-high 4 runs, as Cleveland evened their June record at two wins and two losses. The Indians will try to make it two straight in Chicago when they face the Sox on Saturday night. National League Thanks to the Washington Nationals, who beat the Reds 4-2 Friday, and the superb pitching of Adam Wainwright (8-3), the Cardinals are back in sole possession of first place in the NL Central. Wainwright threw his first complete game shutout of the season in an 8-0 win over Milwaukee, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out 8 Brewer batters. In nearly complete control throughout, Wainwright threw 73 of 103 pitches for strikes and didn't allow a baserunner after walking Prince Fielder to open the 4th inning. After giving up doubles in each of the first two innings, Wainwright set down 23 of the next 24 batters he faced, including the last 18 in order, ending the game by getting Fielder flailing. It was Wainwright's third complete game of the year, and the outing dropped his ERA down to 2.03, matching up nicely with his ridiculous 0.94 WHIP. His 85 Ks are the most in the National League, for now, two better than Tim Lincecum and Arizona's Dan Haren.