‘The best team is down’ Stroman tosses 1-hit shutout vs. TB

Quality start leader Marcus Stroman (32, Chicago Cubs) pitched a complete game shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays, who still lead the majors in wins.
The Chicago Cubs hosted the Tampa Bay Rays on April 30 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Stroman, who started the game for the Cubs, threw 105 pitches (72 for strikes) over nine innings against a strong Tampa Bay offense, allowing one hit and no runs.

He walked one and struck out eight, with one hit by pitch. There were no fielding errors. Stroman allowed just a hit, a walk, and a hit by pitch.

It was Stroman’s fourth career complete game and second shutout. Stroman last threw a complete game as a rookie in 2014.

In the seventh inning, Stroman gave up a leadoff single to Wander Franco and a walk to Brandon Lowe. That put runners on first and second with no outs.

But Stroman got Randy Arozarena to fly out to right field and then struck out Josh Lowe to end the threat.

Stroman then retired the final two batters of the eighth and ninth innings to complete the one-hit shutout. Cubs win 1-0.

The Cubs offense scored the game-winning run in the fourth inning on an infield single by Seiya Suzuki and a sacrifice fly by Mike Tuckman in a bases-loaded situation after an error by third baseman Tyler Walls.

Tampa Bay has been shut out a total of three times this season. Two of those losses were 0-1. It was also the first time the Rays have thrown a complete game shutout to an opposing pitcher.

In his best outing, Stroman picked up his fifth win of the season, lowering his season ERA from 2.95 to 2.59 and recording a quality start in 10 of 12 games. 스포츠토토

On the other side of the ball, Tampa Bay starter Taj Bradley pitched well, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits in 5 2/3 innings, but suffered his second loss of the season.

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