Thursday, April 18, 2013

A.J. Burnett Blanks Cardinals on One Hit over Seven in Pittsburgh Win; Wade Davis, Royals Snap Braves' 10-Game Win Streak

Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

American League
Wade Davis: 2-0

Kansas City was the toast of the Grapefruit League and their hot Spring has carried over into the regular season.

The Royals improved to 8-6, one game back of the Tigers in the AL Central, as they snapped the Braves' 10-game winning streak with a sharp, 1-0 win in Atlanta.

KC starter Wade Davis was hitting his marks from the mound, scattering five hits over seven full innings, striking out seven without yielding any walks.

Davis picked up his second win of the season, from three starts. He earned the win against Minnesota a week ago, blanking the Twins on four hits over five innings. Wednesday's effort was his longest start of the year, lowering his ERA to a solid 2.25.

The only run of the game came in the fourth inning, when Jeff Francoeur singled to left, scoring Alcides Escobar

The Royals split the two-game series with the Braves, losing, 6-3 on Tuesday.

National League

A.J. Burnett
Righty A.J. Burnett is one of the more enigmatic players in major league baseball. One day he's unhittable, the next outing he may last only four or five innings and get belted around like a rank minor leaguer.

On Wednesday, Burnett brought his "A" game, stifling the Cardinals on one hit over seven innings, striking out eight without a walk. Only St. Louis' cleanup hitter, Carlos Beltran, was able to figure out Burnett, doubling with two down in the seventh inning.

With a 3-0 lead and having thrown 101 pitches, Burnett retired after seven, leaving mop-up duty to a trio of Pittsburgh relievers, who did not allow a hit in the 5-0 Pirate victory. The Pirates added two more runs in the eighth inning.

It was Burnett's first win against two losses this season. He's allowed 17 hits and seven earned runs over 24 innings from four starts.

The Cardinals won Monday's meeting with the Pirates by a 10-6 score. Wednesday game was the make-up for Tuesday's rain-out. the result leaving the Pirates at 7-7 a game behind St. Louis in the Central. Cincinnati is 1/2 game out after hammering the Phillies 11-2.

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