Thursday, August 7, 2014

Colorado's Corey Dickerson 4-for-4 in Win over Cubs; Toronto's Drew Hutchison 1-Hits Orioles in 5-1 Victory

Players of the Day for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

American League
Drew Hutchison

Baltimore just can't seem to shake free of the Blue Jays and Yankees in the AL East.

After winning the opener of their three-game series in Toronto on Tuesday, 9-3, the Orioles mustered just one hit of Toronto starter Drew Hutchison in a 5-1 Toronto win. The only Baltimore player with a hit was Chris Davis, who clubbed a solo homer (19) in the second inning.

Other than that, Hutchison gave up nothing but a walk, striking out eight to improve to 8-9 on the year.

He needed 115 pitches to go 8 2/3 innings, throwing 76 strikes. Reliever Casey Janssen came on to get the final out.

The result left the O's four games up on the Blue Jays and five games ahead of the Yankees.

Corey Dickerson
The rubber game of the series is Thursday, 7:07 pm EDT.

National League

Being 19 games out and in last place in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies don't have much to play for except next year's contracts, but that doesn't mean they can't put up some numbers, especially when they're facing the last place Cubs from the Central division.

Colorado batter swatted out 16 hits in a 13-3 win over the Cubs, led by a two-run homes by Carlos Gonzalez and Michael McKenry and a 4-for-4 performance by Corey Dickerson.

Dickerson rapped a pair of singles, a double and a triple, drove in three runs and scored three times.

In his first full season in the majors, Dickerson has the look of a guy who's going to be around for awhile, batting .320 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 88 games. In 2013, Dickers played in 69 games, losing his rookie status while batting a pedestrian .263.

He currently does not have the required plate appearances to be among the qualified leaders. If he did, he'd be second in the NL. He needs 3.1 appearances per team game - right now, that would be 350 - and he has 269 at-bats with 27 walks (296 PAs), so if he keeps playing regularly, he may make it to the 501 needed at season's end.

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