Thursday, May 11, 2017

Robinson Cano Leads Seattle To 4th Straight Win; German Marquez, Rockies Shut Out Cubs, 3-0

Players of the Day for Wednesday, May 10, 2017

American League

Cano: 8 HR, 28 RBI
Seattle has clawed its way back to .500 (17-17) and into sole possession of second base in the AL West, though they are still six games behind division-leading Houston, by taking two straight from the Phillies in Philadelphia, winning Tuesday by a 10-9 score and thumping the Phils, 11-6, on Thursday.

Aiding the Mariners' cause was Robinson Cano, who went 4-for-5 in Thrusday's blowout and was 6-for-8 in the two wins over Philly with two homers and five RBI.

In the 11-6 win, Cano belted his eighth home run - a two-run blast - in the third inning, walked in the seventh with the bases loaded to force in another run and added three singles during the game. He's batting .296 and has driven in 28 runs, tied for second in the AL, one behind teammate Nelson Cruz.

The Mariners have won four straight and head to Toronto Thursday for the start of a four-game series with the Blue Jays. Game time is 7:07 pm ET.

National League

Marquez: 8IP, 3H, 0ER, 8K
Proving they are a team with which to be reckoned in the National League, the Colorado Rockies finished their three-game series with the Cubs by dousing the visitors 3-0, to take the series, two games to one.

Masterful on the mound and at the plate was Rockies' starter, German Marquez, who throttled the Cobs on three hits over eight innings, striking out eight while issuing one walk. Marquez started the game striking out Cub leadoff hitter, John Jay, and ended his stint by getting Jay to ground out to third. In between he struck Jay out three times.

Marquez was economical, throwing 69 of 99 pitches for strikes, improving to 1-2 on the season. The start was his fourth of the year and just the seventh of his MLB career. He was 1-1 in three starts last year for the Rockies.

At the plate, Marquez provided all the runs he would need with a seventh-inning single that plated two runs. The Rockies scored their other run in the third on a sac fly. Greg Holland cam in for a perfect ninth for his 14th save, which leads the majors by a mile. Boston's Craig Kimbrel has 10, and, in the NL St. Louis stopper, Seung-Hwan Oh, has nine.

The win kept the Rockies 1 1/2 ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West. Colorado has won four of their last five and stays home on Thursday to open a crucial four-game set with the Dodgers at Coors Field. Game time for game one is 8:40 pm ET.

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