Monday, August 8, 2011

Peavy Goes 8 Scoreless as Sox Sweep Twins; Fielder Scores Four as Brewers Sweep Astros

Players of the Day for Sunday, August 7, 2011

American League

Peavy: 8 scoreless
Jake Peavy evened his record at 5-5 and the Chicago White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Twins as Chicago batters homered four times to defeat Minnesota, 7-0.

Peavy worked eight full innings, allowing just three hits while fanning six. He did not walk a batter and left the game with a big lead after throwing 108 pitches, 72 of them for strikes.

Paul Konerko connected for his 26th home run - a solo shot - and Brent Lillibridge and Alex Rios also delivered bases-empty bombs. Alexi Ramirez had a two-run homer in the 7th, his 11th of the season.

Peavy's return to form comes at the right time for the battling White Sox. With Detroit losing 4-3 to Kansas City and the Indians blowing a 3-0 lead in the 8th, losing to the Rangers, 5-3, Chicago is just 5 1/2 behind the Tigers and 1 1/2 back of the Indians.

The White Sox travel to Baltimore for a four-game set that begins Monday and then hosts Kansas City for three games. Meanwhile, the Tigers and Indians square off in Cleveland for a three-game series starting on Monday.

National League

Fielder: 4 scores
With a three game lead on the Cardinals in the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers won their fourth straight as they completed a three-game sweep of the decimated Houston Astros, by a 7-3 score.

Prince Fielder socked his 26th home run, and drove in two runs, giving him 85 on the year, two behind league-leading Ryan Howard's 87 ribbies.

Fielder also singled twice, going 3-for-4 and scored four times for the Brewers.

With the Reds and Pirates - losers of 10 straight - have quickly fallen out of contention, the sole concern of the Brewers for the rest of the season will be fending off the Cardinals and winning the division.

The Cardinals will get another shot at derailing the Brewers right away, as the two teams match up in St. Louis for a three game series beginning Tuesday.

STREAKS: Dan Uggla went 1-for-5, extending his hitting streak to 28 straight, but teammate Freddie Freeman has his streak stopped at 20 with an 0-for-4 effort in Atlanta's 6-5 win over the Mets.

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