Friday, August 4, 2017

Paul Goldschmidt Belts 3 HR, Arizona Drops Cubs, 10-8; Corey Kluber Goes Distance In Cleveland's 5-1 Win Over Yankees

Players of the Day for Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kluber 3-hit, CG Win
American League

Corey Kluber was in complete control, throwing his third complete game of the season - and 13th over the last four seasons - defeating the New York Yankees, 5-1, before 28,124 fans at Cleveland'sProgressive Field.

Kluber allowed just three hits, one a solo home run by Yankee DH, Gary Sanchez, a seventh-inning dinger that cut into the Cleveland lead only briefly. The Indians were leading 4-0, but added another run in the bottom of the inning for the final, 5-1 score.

Kluber walked one and fanned 11. It was the 11th time this season that the Cleveland ace has registered 10 or more strikeouts in a game. With 172 strikeouts on the year, Kluber ranks third among AL hurlers, behind Tampa's Chris Archer (182) and Boston's Chris Sale (216).

Other than the Sanchez homer, all the Yankees could muster offensively were a fourth inning double by Cliff Frazier and a fifth inning single by Ronald Torreyes. Kluber improved to 9-3, with a 2.77 ERA. Impressively, Kluber has a 0.95 WHIP over 123 2/3 innings, second only to Sale (0.91).

The victory kept Cleveland 2 1/2 games ahead of the Royals in the AL Central. The Yankees third straight loss dropped them two games back of Boston in the East as the Red Sox topped the White Sox, 9-5.

Game two of the four-game series is Friday, 7:10 pm ET.

Goldschmidt: 3 HR, 6 RBI
National League

Chicago Cub catcher, Willson Contreras, belted two home runs and drove in six runs, but, on the other side of the diamond, in the dugout of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt was getting the last laugh, as he socked not two, but three home runs, the final one breaking an 8-8 tie, as Arizona outlasted Chicago, 10-8.

Goldschmidt got the Diamondbacks off to a quick start with a three-run homer in the first, then blasted a two-run shot in the fifth, upping the Arizona lead to 6-1. Arizona's pitchers could not contain Contreras and the Cubs, eventually giving up the lead in the seventh, though the Diamondbacks regained it in the eighth and the Cubs tied the game in the bottom of the inning.

In the ninth, Goldschmidt delivered his third homer - and 25th of the season - of the game, for a 9-8 lead. J.D. Martinez made it a back-to-back deal with his solo jam and a 10-8 lead. Goldschmidt finished 3-for-4 with six RBI and four runs.

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for Arizona, giving up a pair of walks, but eventually fanning three for his 24th save.

Arizona's closed out the series at Chicago winning two of three and maintained their second place slot in the NL West, though they are 14 games behind the Dodgers. They lead the Rockies by 1/2 game in the division and the wild card race. Chicago lost their second straight but still lead the Brewers by 1 1/2 in the Central.

The Cubs remain home over the weekend, starting a three-game series with Washington Friday. Arizona heads to San Francisco on Friday for three games with the Giants.

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