Two teams’ performances really stood out Wednesday. The first nod has to go to the Cardinals, who got 10 Ks and seven innings pitched out of Chris Carpenter to go with great slugging performances from Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker.
Rasmus clubbed a pair of homers, scored three times, drove in three runs and went 3-for-4. Schumaker homered, drove in three and scored twice in a 2-for-5 day.
The Dodgers got similar offensive production out of two stars, Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp. Batting from the leadoff spot, Furcal drove in four runs and scored three while going 3-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base. He’s hitting .356. Kemp went an unimpressive 1-for-3. He did, however, score four times, drive in two and homer.
Nine other noteworthy performances from Wednesday:
Zack Greinke — The first three players that made this list were pitchers, and eight Ps in all had very noteworthy performances. Greinke struck out eight in seven innings, allowing two hits, two earned runs and walking one in a no-decision.
Yovani Gallardo — Want to improve your K rate? Try striking out 10 in just five innings of shutout ball like Gallardo did on Wednesday.
Roy Halladay — Continuing his dominance of the National League in 2010, Halladay struck out seven and walked one in his first NL shutout. His astonishing ERA (0.82) is lower than his astonishing WHIP (0.88).
Josh Hamilton — We’ll get back to the pitchers in a second, but for now let’s talk about Hamilton. He’s hitting just .250, but had one of those jumpstart-type games Wednesday. He went 3-for-4 with two runs, four RBIs, homered and walked.
Alfonso Soriano — Ever since the cut talk, Soriano has been mashing the ball pretty good. His batting average is up to .327 thanks to performances like his 3-for4, two runs, 3 RBI, homer, walk on Wednesday.
Francisco Liriano — Struck out six in eight shutout innings. He allowed six hits and walked two. Liriano’s got a 1.29 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Wade Davis — Only six strikeouts for Davis, but he pitched six innings of shutout ball and only allowed two hits. He’s got a 2.65 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Sean Rodriguez — Went 3-for-5 with his first homer, a three-run jack, drove in four runs and scored twice out of the No. 9 spot in the Rays order.
Phil Hughes — Great game from the Yankees ace (?), who struck out 10 in 7.1 innings. He allowed one hit, one earned run and walked two. Hughes has a sterling 2.19 ERA and an impressive 0.89 WHIP, hence the “ace.”
Felix Hernandez — One, two, three… 10, 11. Guess this makes more than 10 in our top 10. Counting is overrated… And for nerds. OK, the Ninjas are nerds. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy our Top 11 even though we’re calling it a top 10. Amirite? We can’t give Hernandez a shutout because of one darn unearned run, but he did notch a complete game, striking out six and scattering nine hits. Like Hughes, his decimals (2.15/1.09) are awesome here early in 2010.