Cubs complete massive sweep over Cardinals
The Chicago Cubs completed a clutch sweep of division rivals the St Louis Cardinals in MLB on Sunday.
The Cubs beat the Cardinals 4-3 to seal a three-game sweep and take complete control of the National League (NL) Central.
"We got beat this series. They beat us," Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn said, via ESPN.com. "We didn't give away games, we got beat. So we've got to win the next one and the next and the next one and the next one and hope that these guys don't do that and the wildcard teams don't do that."
Lynn lasted four innings Sunday after allowing three runs off five hits and four walks.
Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, finally starting to heat up, collected three hits with a run scored and an RBI. Still batting .262 this season, Heyward needs to continue making contact with the ball to help Chicago make a postseason run.
Kyle Schwarber, another slightly disappointing Cubs hitter this season, bashed his 27th home run in the fourth inning. While his power numbers are great this year, Schwarber is batting a measly .207.
The Cubs are still only four games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the division lead, but this series may have provided them with the confidence necessary to close it out quickly.
Baltimore Orioles 6-4 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 2-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 0-12 Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals 2-3 Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates 2-5 Cincinnati Reds
New York Mets 5-1 Atlanta Braves
Oakland Athletics 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers 10-3 Miami Marlins
Seattle Mariners 1-7 Houston Astros
Toronto Blue Jays 7-13 Minnesota Twins
St Louis Cardinals 3-4 Chicago Cubs
San Diego Padres 4-3 Colorado Rockies
Texas Rangers 4-2 Los Angeles Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks 2-7 San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers 1-7 Washington Nationals
Indians ace Corey Kluber made another case for the American League (AL) Cy Young award by tossing seven shutout innings without a walk and striking out 10 batters in a 3-2 win over the Royals. Kluber is now 17-4 with a 2.35 ERA and 252 strikeouts this season.
With nine strikeouts so far today, CK has eclipsed 250 Ks for the second time in his career (2014).— AL Central champs! (@Indians) September 17, 2017
Congrats, Corey! pic.twitter.com/1GAf6sp2LF
Sonny Gray did not give the Yankees a great outing in a 6-4 loss to the Orioles. The trade acquisition was touched up for five earned runs off six hits in just four innings. Gray fell to 9-11 with a 3.38 ERA this season.
ASTROS SEAL IT
The Astros locked up the AL West with a 7-1 victory over the Mariners.
TWINS AT YANKEES
The two current AL wildcard holders square off in an important matchup. Minnesota will have ace Ervin Santana (15-7, 3.35 ERA) on the mound to battle Jaime Garcia (1-2, 4.50 ERA), who served a very brief stint with the Twins earlier this year.