Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Trevor Cahill Shuts Out KC on 3 Hits; Prince Fielder Has 5 Hits, 5 RBI in 18-1 Win over Cubs

Players of the Day for August 2, 2010 American League Eight games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, the Oakland A's still have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their chances of running down the Rangers in August and September. They've managed to catch the Angels for second place in the division by winning 10 of 16 games since the all star break and they've been getting excellent pitching from their starters, such as the complete game, 3-hit shutout tossed by Trevor Cahill in the A's 6-0 home win over Kansas City. Cahill used his pitches effectively in posting his 11th win against four losses, throwing just 61 of 109 pitches for strikes. Though he walked four batters and only struck out three, Cahill was never in danger as the only time there was more than one runner aboard was in the 8th inning and the A's turned five double plays to quickly erase any signs of life from the Royals. The 6'4" righty dropped his ERA to 2.72 and his WHIP to 0.99 and extended his scoreless streak to 18 innings. The win was the second-year hurler's first complete game and first shutout in the majors. Oakland picked up 1/2 game on the idle Rangers and will have the opportunity to gain some more ground when they host Texas for a three-game series beginning Friday, August 6. National League The season's pretty much over for the Chicago Cubs - for their worn-out pitching staff, at least. After being routed 17-2 in Colorado on Friday, Chicago lost two more over the weekend and extended their losing streak to six games in a humiliating 18-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday at Wrigley Field. The Brewers banged out a season-high 26 hits in 53 at-bats (.491) and scored in every inning from the 3rd on, off four Chicago pitchers. Yovani Gallardo (10-5) pitched better than he had to, allowing just one run on two hits over six innings, striking out 12 batters. Ryan Braun had five hits for the Brewers, as did Prince Fielder, who drove in five runs and scored twice in seven official at-bats. Only four of the Brewers' hits went for extra bases, and just one was over the ivy, Casey McGahee's three-run shot in the 4th. The result of the game dropped the Cubs into 5th place in the NL Central, 13 1/2 behind the Reds. The Brewers remained mired in 3rd place, 11 games out.

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