Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Johnny Cueto Tames Tigers with 4-Hit Shutout; Ian Desmond Homers Twice as Nationals Down Dodgers

Players of the Day for Monday, August 10, 2015

American League

Cueto: 4-Hit Shutout
Desmond: 2HR, 3RBI
Seeking another arm for the run to the AL Central title, the Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds in one of the most significant deals prior to the July 31 trading deadline.

By all appearances, the Royals got what they wanted, as Cueto - following two starts in which he pitched well but received a no-decision and a loss - threw a four-hit shutout at the fading Tigers, opening a three-game series at Kansas City with a 4-0 win.

Cueto was on his game, working the entire nine innings, throwing 86 of 116 pitches for strikes, allowing no walks while fanning eight Tiger batters for his first win in the American League.

The Royals got to Detroit starter, Matt Boyd, early, scoring three runs in their initial at-bat, giving Cueto a nice cushion and allowing the hurler to settle in and throw strikes.

Kansas City pushed the Tigers back to 13 1/2 games off the pace, behind Minnesota, which trails the Royals by 12 games, the largest lead in any division of MLB.

The Tigers will try to get one back from the Royals in game two, Tuesday night, at 8:10 pm EDT.

National League

While the Mets snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Colorado to stay in first place in the NL East, the Washington Nationals got a big night from their all-star shortstop, Ian Desmond, to take an 8-3 decision over the Dodgers in LA.

The win was essential to keep pace with the Mets, leaving the Nationals just 1 1/2 games behind the division front-runners.

Desmond smacked a pair of homers and drove in three runs with a two-run blast in the second inning and a solo mash in the eighth. He also singled and scored in the sixth as the Nationals put up a five-spot.

Gio Gonzalez started for Washington and threw eight innings of shutout ball for the Nats. Doug Fister  came on in relief and allowed all three Dodger runs in the ninth, all unearned, ironically, due to an errant throw by Desmond.

The Nationals' victory came in the first game of a three-game series in LA. Game two is Tuesday at 7:10 pm PDT.

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