Monday, October 2, 2017

Aaron Wilkerson Stops Cards For Brewers; Josh Tomlin Secures Top AL Spot For Indians

Players of the Day for Sunday, October 1, 2017

American League

Tomlin Stops White Sox
With only two games of consequence in the AL on the final day of the season, Houston scored four runs in the seventh inning to top Boston, 4-3, and Josh Tomlin limited the White Sox to one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings, securing the best record in the American League as the Indians defeated Chicago, 3-1.

Tomlin, 10-9, struck out six and didn't issue any walks in Cleveland's 102nd win of the season. The Indians finished at 102-60, 17 games better than second place Minnesota in the AL Central division. Houston led the AL West with a record of 101-61, with a 21-game advantage over the Angels in second.

The match-ups for the post season in the AL are:

Tuesday, October 3: (Wild Card) Minnesota Twins at NY Yankees, 8:00 pm ET
Thursday, October 5, (ALDS) Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros, 4:00 pm ET
Thursday, October 5, (ALDS) Wild Card at Cleveland Indians, 7:30 pm ET

The Yankees and Twin play a single elimination game for the wild card, advancing to the ALDS vs. Cleveland, best of five.

Wilkerson: 1st MLB Win
National League

With no games of any meaning in terms of the post-season, the top performer of the day was Milwaukee Brewers call-up, pitcher Aaron Wilkerson, who stopped the Cardinals dead in their tracks over seven innings in a 6-1 Brewers' victory at St. Louis.

Wilkerson, 28, notched his first major league victory, holding the Cardinals to one run on two hits, the only run coming of the bat of Randall Grichuk, who socked a solo homer in the seventh. Wilkerson didn't walk anyone and fanned five, throwing 86 pitches, 56 for strikes. The right-hander spent the majority of the 2017 season in AA with the Biloxi Shuckers of the Southern League, where he was 11-4 with a 3.16 ERA in 24 starts.

The Brewers ended the regular season in second place in the NL Central, six games behind the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals finished nine games out in third.

Post-season NL Schedule:

Wednesday, October 4: (Wild Card) Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 8:00 pm ET
Friday, October 6: (NLDS) Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals, 7:30 pm ET
Friday, October 6: (NLDS) Wild Card at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:30 pm ET

The wild card game is single-elimination, one game; the NLDS series are best-of-five.

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