Monday, September 3, 2018

Stephen Piscotty Drives In Five As A's Drop Mariners; Milwaukee Retakes Second Place As Christian Yelich Socks Grand Slam

Players of the Day for Sunday, September 2, 2018

American League
Piscotty: 2 HR, 5 RBI

Stephen Piscotty smacked a pair of home runs, propelling the Oakland A's to an 8-2 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners.

The win earned a 2-2 split between the AL West rivals and helped the A's keep pace with the Astros, 4-2 winners over the Angels Sunday. Oakland trails Houston by 2 1/2 games. Seattle is eight games back. With the Yankees losing 11-7 to Detroit, Oakland picked up a game in the wild card chase. They are 4 1/2 behind the Yankees, in the second wild card spot.

Piscotty got the A's on the board in the fifth, tying the game with a solo shot. A sac fly in the sixth made the score 5-1 and his three-run belt in the eighth finished off Oakliand's scoring. Piscotty's five RBI upped his season total to 64. The homers were numbers 20 and 21 for the A's right fielder.

Oakland remains home on Monday, welcoming in the Yankees for a three game series which may impact the wild card race significantly. Game one is scheduled for a 4:00 pm EDT start.

National League

Yelich: Grand Slam
Just five days after hitting for the cycle, Milwaukee's Christian Yelich helped the Brewers retake second place from St. Louis with a grand slam in a 9-4 victory at Washigton.

Yelich got to the plate with the bases full in the fifth inning, after the Brewers had already plated three runs in the frame on Keon Broxton's three-run blast.

Yelich's .316 batting average is second best in the National League behind Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett's .319. The Brewer's outfielder has 27 home runs and 81 RBI on the year. The grand slam was the first of his career.

Milwaukee's win boosted the team past the Cardinals in the NL Central, five games behind the Cubs. Milwaukee also took over the top wild card slot as St. Louis lost to the Reds in 10 innings, 6-4.

The Brewers head home Monday for the first of three critical games with the Cubs. Game time is 2:10 pm EDT.

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