Thursday, July 8, 2010
Buster Posey Busts Up Brwers; Freddie Garcia Continues on Comeback Trail
Players of the Day for Wednesday, July 7, 2010 American League With the distinct possibility that they could be losing Jake Peavy for the remainder of the season, the Chicago White Sox know that every game is important as they attempt to keep pace with Minnesota and Detroit in the hotly-contested AL Central. After Peavy was forced to leave Tuesday's game after only 1 2/3 innings, the Sox patched together a 4-1 win thanks to yeoman work from their bullpen, getting the better of Angels' ace, Jered Weaver. Wednesday night, the mound belonged to Freddy Garcia, who stumped the Halos on 5 hits over six innings, walking two, striking out six. The Angels only run of the game came in the fifth, off Garcia, though it was unearned. The 5-2 victory earned Garcia his 9th win of the season, against 3 losses, looking more and more like the AL Comeback Player of the Year. Garcia was just 3-4 with the White Sox last season. With Detroit beating Baltimore, 4-2, and Minnesota losing to Toronto, 6-5, the White Sox took over second place, a game behind the Tigers, with Minnesota 1/2 game behind them. The Sox win was their 4th straight, and their third straight over the Angels, who continue to struggle along in second place in the AL West, now falling 5 1/2 behind the Rangers. National League While the media has dubbed 2010 "the year of the pitcher," others are calling it the "year of the rookie," as a slew of first-year players have made sizable impacts on the game. One such player is San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, who came into the league without nearly the fanfare of Jason Heyward or Stephen Strasburg, but is making his presence felt day by day. In Wednesday's 15-2 crushing of Milwaukee, Posey broke out the big wood, hitting a two-run homer and a grand slam, along with a pair of singles, going 4-for-4, with 3 runs and 6 RBI, making the win one of the easiest ever for starter Time Lincecum, who improved to 9-4, giving up 4 hits and one earned run over 7 innings, fanning 10. The Giants, in 4th place, five back of San Diego in the NL West, started July on the tail end of a seven-game losing streak, but since have won four of five, including their last three straight. The division still largely up for grabs with the Dodgers and Rockies tied for second, both three games behind the Padres, San Fran remains within striking distance. Posey, who got a late start to his inaugural season, has five homers and 19 RBI in 34 games, carrying a solid .331 batting average.