Friday, August 14, 2015

Mitch Moreland 4-for-4 in Rangers' Win over Twins; Cubs Win 7th Straight Behind Kyle Schwarber Homers

Players of the Day for Thursday, August 13, 2015

American League

Schwarber: 2HR, 4RBI
Moreland: 4-for-4
They may not win the division or make the playoffs, but the Texas Rangers are playing good enough ball of late to stay close in the sub-standard AL West.

Elvis Andrus' eighth inning sac fly provided the winning margin in the Rangers' 6-5 win over the Twins, ending a three-game skid and taking the finale of their three-game series in Minnesota.

Andrew may be given credit for the winning RBI, but Mitch Moreland provided the bulk of the offense, going 4-for-4 and driving in four runs with a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a two-RBI double in the fifth.

One of the silent heroes for the Rangers, Moreland is quietly having a bang-up season, with 17 home runs, 61 RBI and a .295 batting average. Not exactly all-star numbers, but well above the norm for major league players.

The victory left the Rangers just five games out of the lead, held currently by Houston, with the Angels holding onto second place, 1 1/2 games back.

Following their six-game road trip in which they were 2-4, Texas returns to Arlington Friday to host the Rays for three games.

National League

Brimming with confidence, the Chicago Cubs topped the Brewers on Thursday for their seventh straight win, leaving them just 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh in the wold card hunt.

Led by a pair of homers off the bat of Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs topped Milwaukee, 9-3, completing the sweep before heading across town for a three-game series with the White Sox, beginning Friday.

Schwarber, a rookie who had played in just 31 major league games, belted a solo homer in the fifth as the Cubs took the lead, then smacked a two-run homer in the seventh, followed by an RBI single in the eighth.

The homers were numbers seven and eight for the left fielder out of Middleton, Ohio.

The Cubs are in the clear - for now - concerning a playoff spot. They currently hold a 4 1/2 game lead on the Giants for the second wild card slot.

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