Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Trevor Williams Allows One Hit In Pittsburgh Victory; Manny Machado's Grand Slam Fuels Orioles

Players of the Day for Monday, August 7, 2017

American League
Machado: Grand Slam

Manny Machado broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out, seventh-inning grand slam, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-2 victory over the LA Angels.

The decisive home run was Machado's only hit of the night, but it was his third home run and 10th RBI over the past four games. Opening their three-game series in LA with a win continues Baltimore's solid second half run. The Orioles have won eight of their last ten and improved to .500 (56-56) with the victory.

LA's Mike Trout delivered his 1,000th career hit with a double down the left field line in the fourth inning and later scored on a sac fly. Two innings later, he homered on his birthday for the fourth time in his six big league seasons, accounting for the Angles' only runs of the game.

Game two of the series is set for a 7:07 pm PT start on Tuesday.

National League

Williams: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER
With almost no hope of making the playoffs via the wild card, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to hang close in the NL Central, where they are in fourth place, though just 4 1/2 games behind division leader, Chicago.

Following a rough patch of eight losses in ten games, the Pirates have won four of their last five, including the first of two against the visiting Tigers, a 3-0 victory on Monday.

Rookie hurler Trevor Williams delivered seven shutout innings, surrendering only a third inning single by James McCann and a pair of inconsequential walks for the win. Other than McCann, who eventually made his way to third base, no other Detroit batter advanced past first base.

Williams(5-4) fanned five, throwing 107 pitches.

Pittsburgh and Detroit will finish off their interleague meeting Tuesday, 7:05 pm ET at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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