Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Matt Harvey One-Hits White Sox in Mets' 1-0 Win; Matt Wieters Leads Orioles past KC

Players of the Day for Tuesday, May 7, 2013

American League

While the Red Sox were losing, 6-1, to the Twins, the Baltimore Orioles managed to win their third straight, a 4-3 victory over the visiting Royals, to pull to within a game of East division-leading Boston.

Matt Wieters
Baltimore jumped on KC starter, Ervin Santana, scoring three runs in the first inning, two on a double by catcher Matt Wieters which knocked home Nick Markakis and Adam Jones.

The Royals returned fire and tied the game at three, with a run in the third and two in the seventh on Alex Gordon's two-run belt, but Wieters came through with another RBI double in the eighth inning after Adam Jones walked to open the frame and took second on a throwing error by Royals' catcher, Luke Hochevar.

Jim Johnson stoned the Royals in the ninth, setting them down in order for his 12th save of the season, tops in the AL.

Wieters finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, boosting his total runs driven in to 18.

The Royals and O's hit the field for game two of the three-game set on Wednesday at 7:05 pm EDT.

National League

Matt Harvey, the young pitching phenom for the Mets, turned in his best performance of the season, but didn't get a decision, despite the Mets' beating the White Sox, 1-0, in 10 innings.

Harvey: 9IP, 1H, 0ER
Harvey set down the first 20 batters he faced, but had his perfect game spoiled by an infield single off the bat of Alex Rios with two down in the seventh inning. Undeterred, Harvey set down Adam Dunn swinging, one of 12 strikeouts on the night for the right-handed flame-thrower.

Finishing strong, Harvey put the Sox batters down in order in the eighth and ninth, getting the last two on strikeouts, however, the Mets also failed to score a run off White Sox starter Hector Santiago and relievers Matt Lindstrom and Nate Jones through nine innings.

After Bobby Parnell set down the White Sox in the top of the ninth, the Mets broke through off Jones in the 10th when Ike Jones led off with a walk, reached second on a sac bunt and scored when pinch-hitter, Mike Baxter, singled him home. Jones took the loss, his third without a win; Parnell won his third without a loss.

Even though Harvey didn't record a win, he's having a solid season - 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA and 58 Ks in 49 innings, leading the National League.

Chicago will try for a split in the two-game series Wednesday night at 7:10 pm EDT at Citi Field.

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