Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cleveland Notches14th Straight Behind Carlos Carrasco; Ryan Zimmerman Leads Nationals

Players of the Day for Wednesday, September 6, 2017

American League
Carrasco: CG, 9 Ks 1 ER

Tying a franchise record with their 14th straight win - the longest in the majors this season - the Cleveland Indians topped the White Sox, 5-1, in Chicago.

Carlos Carrasco went the distance for the tribe, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out nine. Chicago's only run came on an Adam Engel home run with two down in the bottom of the ninth inning. Prior to that, Carrasco had given up singles at the start of the fifth and sixth innings. Both were wiped away on double plays.

The 30-year old hurler was highly efficient, throwing 78 of 97 pitches for strikes while facing 28 batters, one one the minimum. Carrasco matched his career high in wins with his 14th of the season, against six losses. Carrasco is tied for third in wins with four other pitchers, including teammate Cory Kluber. His 192 strikeouts are the fifth-highest total in the league.

Cleveland's late-season streak has virtually sewn up the division. The Indians lead the Twins by 11 games in the AL Central with 21 games to play. The Indians wrap up their series at Chicago on Thursday. Game time is 8:10 pm ET.

National League

Zimmerman socks 31st HR
With all the streaking going on in the NL West (Arizona's won 13 straight, the Dodgers have lost six in a row), almost without notice, the Washington Nationals have expanded their lead in the East to the largest in the majors: 18 games after downing the Marlins, 8-1.

Washington completed the sweep in Miami with their third straight over the Marlins, taking the series with a combined score for the three games of 17-4.

Ryan Zimmerman, who's having a remarkably productive season, singled twice and whacked his 31st home run, scoring three times and driving in two, giving him 93 RBI on the year.

With just 23 games left on their schedule, the Nationals could clinch the division title by the weekend. A magic number of five means that any combination of five Washington wins or five losses by the Marlins would be enough to clinch.

The Nationals open a four game series against the Phillies in Washington on Thursday.

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