Monday, August 24, 2015

Edwin Encarnacion 4-for-4 as Blue Jays Sweep in 1st Place; Cubs' Kris Bryant Continues Quest of NL ROY

Players of the Day for Sunday, August 23, 2015

American League

Bryant: NL ROY?
Encarnacion: 4-for-4
With the completion of a three-game sweep of the Angels and the Yankees' 4-3 loss to the Indians, the Toronto Blue Jays regained first place in the AL East by 1/2 game on Sunday.

Toronto rocked the Angels with a 12-5 win, outscoring their LA hosts 36-10 over the three-game span.

Leading the barrage of 15 hits was Edwin Encarnacion, who was 4-for-4 with three singles and his 24th home run of the season, a fourth-inning solo shot. with four RBI on the day, Encarnacion raised his RBI total to 74, which is third on the team loaded with hefty bats. Jose Bautista - who also socked a solo homer on Sunday - has 85 RBI on the season. Team leader, Josh Donaldson, is also the major league leader with 100 ribbies.

The Blue Jays lead the AL with 670 runs and 642 RBI. No other team in the league has reached 600 in either category.

Toronto continues to be the hottest team in the majors, racking up a 16-4 record for the month of August. They have seven games remaining in the month, beginning Tuesday with a three-game series at Texas.

National League

Continuing their quest for the post-season, the Chicago Cubs continue to get the most out of rookie third baseman, Kris Bryant, who powered the team to a 9-3 victory over the visiting Braves on Sunday, completing a four-game series sweep.

Bryant belted a pair of home runs and a single in four at-bats, during in three runs and scoring four times. The homers were his 18th and 19th of the season. A strong candidate for NL rookie of the year, Bryant is batting .262 with 74 RBI, 21 doubles and five triples.

While the Cubs continue to trail the Pirates in the wild card hunt by three games, their win put them a full six games ahead of the Giants for the second wild card.

The Cubs end their homestand on Monday with a makeup game against the Indians due to a June 15 rainout before embarking on a six-game West coast swing, with three games in San Francisco and three in LA with the Dodgers.

Game time for Monday's contest at Wrigley is 2:05 pm EDT.

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