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McCarthy shuts down Rays for second win

The Glendale Native deals eight innings of one-run ball for his second victory of the year.

July 29, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics: McCarthy rebounded from a rough outing against the Detroit Tigers on July 20 with one of his best starts of the season, which was also good for his second win.

The local boy threw eight innings of one-run ball against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. He gave up a home run to Ben Zobrist, six total hits, two walks and struck out three batters to earn the win, as the A's offense supplied him with six runs.

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It was a good bounce-back game, as McCarthy struggled against the Tigers. It was a no-decision in a 7-5 Oakland victory after he surrendered four runs and six hits to Detroit in five-plus innings. Heading into Friday night's game against the Minnesota Twins, Oakland was 47-58 and in third place in the American League West.

McCarthy's outing against the Rays improves his record to 3-5. He's maintaining a 3.52 earned-run average, 1.20 WHIP and holding batters to a .273 batting average with 60 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings pitched. He is set to pitch the last of a three-game home set against Carl Pavano and the Twins on Sunday. The game starts at 1:05 p.m.

Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) relief pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: Estrada was called upon to get two outs in a Brewers' 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on July 23. The GCC product didn't disappoint, as he got the two batters he faced to fly and ground out.

It's been a busy July for Estrada. He's made eight appearances, including four multi-inning performances, in the month. His win-loss record sits at 2-6 and he's maintaining a 4.50 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 62 innings of work this season. He's struck out 56 batters and is holding batters to a .240 batting average.

The Brewers (58-49) began a three-game home set against the Houston Astros Friday and are holding on to a game-and-a-half advantage over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

Freddy Sanchez (Glendale Community College, 1998) second baseman, San Francisco Giants: No decision has been made on whether or not Sanchez will undergo surgery or continue rehabilitation on his injured shoulder. If he opts for surgery, he would be out for about eight months and may miss part of next season recovering.

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