Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes Keys Mets Victory over Nationals; Jackie Bradley Jr. Wrecks Blue Jays as Boston Wins, 11-4

Players of the Day for Monday, September 7, 2015

American League

Bradley Jr.: 4-4, 4 RBI
Toronto opened a three-game series in Boston with a disappointing, 11-4, loss to the Red Sox, while the Yankees were beating the Orioles, 8-6, to move to within 1/2 game of the Jays in the AL East.

Jackie Bradley Jr. went 4-for-4 for Boston, scoring twice and driving in four runs with a pair of singles, a double, and his eighth home run of the season.

Boston jumped all over Toronto starter, Mark Buehrle, knocking him out of the game after just 3 1/2 innings with nine hits and five earned runs. The Red Sox racked up 17 hits in the game.

Bradley, who was used sparingly by the Sox through the end of July, has found his niche when put into the outfield on a regular basis in August. He's currently on an eight-game hitting streak and the 4-for-4 effort has his batting average up to .311. Since August 5th, when he was batting a paltry .102, Bradley has had 10 multiple-hit games and has driven in 31 runs.

Cespedes: 3-5, HR, 2 2B
Game two of the three-game series is set for 7:10 pm EDT at Fenway Park.

National League

Continuing their run at the NL East pennant, the NY Mets opened an important series in Washington with an 8-5 victory over the second place Nationals.

Yoenis Cespedes had another epic game for the Mets, socking a solo homer in the third inning and doubling twice to secure the win.

After Washington scored five runs in the fourth for a 5-3 lead, Cespedes doubled and scored the tying run in the fifth, then doubled again in the seventh, driving in David Wright to complete the scoring.

Cespedes finished 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. H's been integral to the success of the Mets. Since joining the team in late July, Cespedes has played in 34 games, batted .311, hit 13 home runs, eight doubles, three triples, stolen four bases without being caught, and driven in 31 runs.

The win left the Nationals five games behind the Mets in the East, with virtually no hope of qualifying for a wild card. They trial the Cubs by 8 1/2 games for the second wild card spot.

Game two of the series is Tuesday, at 7:05 pm EDT.

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