Monday, May 21, 2012

Jake Peavy Dominates Cubs; Jonathan Lucroy Leads Brewers' 16-4 Rout of Twins

Players of the Day for Sunday, May 20, 2012

American League

Jake Peavy
The Chicago White Sox have had their ups and downs this season, obviously, since the Windy City boys evened their record at 21 up and 21 down after starter Jake Peavy (who's been more consistent, at 5-1) shut out the crosstown Cubs over 6 1/2 innings on three hits in a 6-0 Whit Sox win.

Though the outing was one of Peavy's shortest of the season, he was able to keep the Cubs off the board while his teammates forged a lead. He also helped by scoring on a sac fly in the top of the seventh inning to make it a 5-0 score. Walking two and striking out seven, Peavy upped his seasonal total to 55 Ks, among the top ten in the league.

While the White Sox have won four straight - three at the Cubs' expense as they swept the three-game, in-city weekend series - they sent the Cubs to their sixth consecutive defeat, currently the longest such streak in the majors.

Chicago trails the Indians by 2 1/2 games in the AL Central.

National League
Jonathan Lucroy

The the Central division-leading Cardinals losing four straight, the Brewers haven't done much to improve their position, until they blasted Minnesota, 16-4, on Sunday.

Jonathan Lucroy led the offensive assault with a pair of homers, a single and seven RBI, socking a three-run job in the first inning, singling and scoring in the second and finishing off the Brewers' scoring with a grand slam in the seventh.

His seven RBI were a career high, coming in his first ever start as the cleanup hitter, giving the Milwaukee catcher 27 on the year.

Even with the victory, the Brewers are still in fifth place in the division, at 17-24, five games out. They snapped a string of four straight losses and defeats in six of their last seven games.

The Twins remain the worst team in the majors with a record of 14-27

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