Saturday, April 22, 2017

Corey Kluber Sinks ChiSox; Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon Power Rockies Over Giants

Players of the Day for Friday, April 21, 2017

American League

Kluber: 3-Hit Shutout
Corey Kluber had his Friday night good stuff working and the reigning AL champion Cleveland Indians are back in first place in the AL Central after hanging the White Sox out to dry, 3-0.

Winners of four straight, 9-7 Cleveland holds a one-game lead in the ultra-competitive division where even last place Kansas City is a mere two games out at 7-9. Kluber tossed a three-hit shutout at the visiting Sox in the opener of a three game weekend series at the dreadfully-named Guaranteed Rate Field in Cleveland.

Cleveland scored a run in the third and two in the fourth and that was more than enough for the 2014 Al Cy Young award winner, who walked two, struck out nine, a season-high.

It was Kluber's first complete game and shutout of the 2017 season. His 27 strikeouts in 23 innings places Kluber fourth in the whiff department among AL hurlers.

The two teams meet again on Saturday at 7:10 pm ET. Sunday's series finale is a day game set to start at 2:10 pm ET.

Charlie Blackmon
National League

Story: Grand Slam
Staked to an early 3-0 lead, San Francisco's Johnny Cueto couldn't make the most of his good fortune as the Colorado Rockies scored all of their runs in the fourth inning en route to a 6-5 home win.

Trevor Story took Cueto downtown with the bases loaded and three batters later, Charlie Blackmon socked a two-run inside-the-park homer to pad the Rockies' lead.

The round-trippers were the third of the season for Story; Blackmon's was his fourth.

Colorado's win in the series opener at Coors field kept the Rockies 1/2 game in front of Arizona in the NL West while dropping the Giants to 6-11, the worst record in the league and good for last place in the division.

Cueto was touched up for eight hits and all six earned runs, suffering his first loss of the season (3-1).

Colorado hosts the Giants on Saturday for game two, with the first pitch slated for 8:10 pm ET.

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