Saturday, September 8, 2018

Yasiel Puig Guides Dodgers To Win At Colorado; Masahiro Tanaka Throws 8 Scoreless For Yankees

Players of the Day for Friday, September 7, 2018

American League
Tanaka: 8IP, 3H, 0ER, 10K

In their quest to keep up with or catch the Red Sox, the New York Yankees have gotten the best from starter Masahiro Tanaka when it has counted the most.

Tanaka notched his second straight win in September, tossing eight innings of shutout ball to lead the Yankees to a 4-0 win over host Seattle.

Improving to 11-5, Tanaka fanned a season-high 10 batters, allowed just three hits and didn't issue any walks. It was his second straight strong outing, having won on September 1 against the Tigers, giving up one run on seven hits in seven frames.

Two-run homers by Andrew McCutchen and Gleyber Torres accounted for all of the Yankees' scoring.

With Houston rallying to defeat the Reds Sox, 6-3, New York closed to within 8 1/2 of Boston in the Al East while maintaining a 3 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the wild card. The A's topped Texas, 8-4.

Game two of the three-game series in Seattle is slated for a 6:10 pm PDT start Saturday.

Puig: HR, 2 RBI
National League

Pressures are building in the run to the post-season in the National League, especially in the West division and wild card race.

Yasiel Puig socked a solo homer in the second inning and added an insurance run with an RBI single in the fifth as the Dodgers defeated the Rockies in Colorado, 4-2. Clayton Kershaw (7-5) picked up the win, holding the Rockies scoreless after they put up a pair in the second inning. Kershaw lasted through the sixth, and five relievers from the Dodger bullpen did the rest.

Puig's homer was his 16th. He's batting .261 with 49 RBI.

The result left the Rockies ahead by only 1/2-game over the Dodgers with Arizona 1 1/2 out. LA also moved closer to the second wild card spot, as the Cardinals dropped a 5-3 decision in Detroit. St. Louis is holding on by one game over the Dodgers and two over Arizona. Milwaukee, a 4-2 winner over the Giants, holds the top spot, 1 1/2 ahead of the Cardinals.

LA's win came in the opener of a three-game series in Denver. Game two is Saturday, 8:00 pm EDT.

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