Thursday, April 6, 2017

Francisco Lindor Lifts Indians; Reds' Brandon Finnegan Tops Phillies

Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 5, 2017

American League

Defending AL champion Cleveland won its third straight without a loss, topping the Rangers, 9-6, to complete the opening series sweep at Arlington.

Lindor: 2HR, GS, 5RBI
The bulk of the offense was carried by shortstop Francisco Lindor, who belted a pair of homers and drove in five runs with a solo shot in the sixth inning of Cole Hamels and a grand slam in the ninth off Sam Dyson, which brought the Indians back from a 6-5 deficit, to victory.

Lindor got to the plate in the ninth with the bases chucked, after Carlos Santana had walked in the first run of the frame for the Indians. The third year shortstop lifted a ball into the right field stands and circled the bases, his teammates awaiting him at the dish with congratulations.

Lindor has played all of his major league games with the Indians, batting .313 as a rookie in 2015 and .301 with 263 total bases last season, making the all-star team.

After a day off Thursday, Cleveland will look to extend their winning streak when they open an interleague series in Arizona on Friday.

Finnegan: 1 hit over 7
National League

After a full season as a starter for the Cincinnati Reds in 2016, Brandon Finnegan figures to fit right in with the Reds for the rest of the 2017 campaign.

In his first start of the season, Finnegan was on fire, allowing just one hit over seven scoreless innings as the Reds evened their record at 1-1 by blanking the Phillies, 2-0.

Finnegan got off to a somewhat shaky start, walking Howie Kendrick and allowing a single to Maikel Franco. But, as it turned out, that was it for the punchless Phillies. Finnegan set down the next 18 batters in order before exiting after completing the seventh inning, fanning nine and throwing just 88 pitches.

The 23-year-old lefty was 10-11 with a 3.98 ERA in 2016.

The Reds and Phillies will complete their three-game series in Cincinnati with the rubber game Thursday afternoon. Game time is 12:35 pm ET.

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