Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lonnie Chisenhall Leads Indians' Comeback Over Texas; Zack Greinke 9-4 On 6-1 Arizona Win Over Phillies

Players of the Day for Monday, June 26, 2017

American League

Cleveland took back first place in the AL Central with a come-form-behind, 15-9 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Chisenhall: .390 in June
Together with Boston's 4-1 win over the Twins, the Indians took a 1/2 game lead in the hotly-contested division.

Winning the opener of their three game series with the visiting Rangers, the Indians fell behind 7-1 and 9-3 before rallying for 12 runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings.

In the middle of it all was outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall, a steady performer since returning to the lineup June 6.

Chisenhall was 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI. after an uneventful single in the second, Chisenhall's bases-loaded infield single in the fifth drove in the first run in the four-run frame. In the sixth, again with the bases chock full of Indians, he singled in a pair of runs, plating Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana, putting the Indians ahead, 10-9. He scored later on a sac fly for a 12-9 Cleveland lead.

June has been Chisenhall's month, batting .390 (23-for-59) with four home runs 18 RBI, and a .438 on base percentage. His solid play has coincided with Cleveland's rise to the top of the division. The Indians are 9-4 since June 15.

Greinke: 9-4, 3.08 ERA
Game two of the series starts at 7:10 pm ET at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

National League

Zack Grienke worked only five innings in Arizona's 6-1 triumph over the Phillies, but it was enough for the 2009 AL Cy Young award winner to notch his ninth win against four losses.

Throwing 102 pitches, Greinke limited the Phillies to three hits and three walks while fanning five. The lone earned run he allowed came with two outs in the fifth on a Daniel Nava single after Greinke had put two men on base via walks.

Unfazed, Grienke got the final out of the inning and headed for the showers. Arizona's bullpen took care of the final four innings, holding the Phils to just two hits.

Though the outing was the shortest for the season for Greinke, he still managed the win. Three times before he's gone just five frames, resulting in no decision, a loss, and a win.

Greinke is 9-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 102 1/3 innings.

The win came on a night in which both Colorado and the Dodgers suffered losses, LA snapping a 10-game winning streak with a 4-0 loss to the Angels. The Diamondbacks trail the Dodgers by 1 1/2 games in the NL West. Colorado has dropped 4 1/2 off the pace with their sixth straight loss.

Arizona concluded their series with the Phillies, winning three games to one. They remain home to start a three-game series with St. Louis on Tuesday. Game time is 9:40 pm ET.

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