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Sabathia, Wainwright Fail To Win 20th Game

C.C. Sabathia and Adam Wainwright both failed to win their 20th game.  Sabathia lost his chance by nine runs in two and-two-thirds innings but four of them were unearned.

It was not Sabathia’s day having given up eight hits and five walks and hitting a batter. It is not often that Sabathia walks five batters in less than three innings.

The loss was his first since July 28 and only his second since July 2. Sabathia is the third AL pitcher since 1995 to record less than 20 wins while leading the league in wins. Johan Santana and Chien-Ming Wang had each won 19 in 2006.

B.J. Upton was 5-5 and drove in six runs while hitting for the cycle in the 13-4 defeat of the Yankees by the Rays.

Adam Wainwright was only nine outs from his 20th win when he gave up two hits to start the seventh inning and had a 6-1 lead. Tony LaRussa replaced him with Kyle McClellan who failed to hold the lead and let the two runners charged to Wainwright score.

He would only get one batter out and by the Brewers would score six times in the seventh inning to make the score 7-6 in favor of the Brewers and ruining the chance for Wainwright to win his 20th game.

The  NL leading  pitcher in wins for the third time in four seasons has failed to win 20 games. Five NL pitchers led the league in wins in 2006 with 16 wins each.

Diamond Notes

Jake Peavy is 3-0 in his three starts with the White Sox with an ERA of 1.35. Opposing batters are hitting .162 and he has a miniscule WHIP of 0.85….The Pirates with 97 losses cannot lose 100 games this season while the Orioles need to lose both of their last two games to post 100 losses.

The Orioles are 40 games behind the Yankees for the most games behind in the majors….The Indians and Royals remained tied for last place in the AL Central with two games left in the season….The Yankees with a 45-34 road record and the Angels with a 46-33 record are the only AL teams with winning records on the road.

Phillies lead the majors with best road record at48-33 and five other NL teams have winning records on the road….Jered Weaver won his 16th game yesterday. His previous best was 13 wins in 2007.

Mark Reynolds struck out his 216th time in 2009 shattering his old record of 204 last season. He is hitting .261 despite all the strikeouts. He has not put the ball in play 292 times when counting his walks. It is remarkable that his OBP is .352 with that many strikeouts.

Ryan Howard hit his 44th homer and has 140 runs batted in. He has hit at least 44 homers and driven in 136 runs in each of his last four seasons. Wait till he learns to hit lefthanders since he only has six homers in 221 at bats this season against portsiders. He is hitting .208 against lefthanders and .320 against righthanders this season.

Derek Lowe finished the season with a 15-10 record but batters hit .301 against him this season and had 232 hits in 194 innings….Chipper Jones has only 18 homers and 71 runs batted in the lowest season totals in his career even though he batted 484 times.

He batted 358 times in 2005 and had 21 homers and 72 runs batted in. He is currently hitting .264 which is 100 points lower than his .364 of 2008. His .432 slugging percentage is the lowest of his career. His 22 errors leads all major league third basemen and his .930 fielding percentage is 115th in the majors for third basemen.

Alfonso Soriano is 264th in majors in fielding percentage for outfielders with a .950 percentage….Brent Lillibridge is even worse being ranked 269th with a .941 mark.

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