‘Perfect’ McClanahan puts ERA back to 1 vs. Cy Youngs

American League Cy Young Award candidate Shane McClanahan (25, Tampa Bay Rays) pitched a near-perfect game to lower his ERA back into the single digits.

Tampa Bay hosted the Toronto Blue Jays on April 25 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. 토토사이트

McClanahan started the game for Tampa Bay and threw 82 pitches (60 for strikes) over seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. He walked none and struck out seven.

McClanahan retired nine batters in order in the first through third innings, and after a single run in the fourth, he retired three straight batters in the fifth through seventh innings.

The win lowered McClanahan’s season ERA from 2.05 to 1.97. McClellanahan’s sub-1 ERA came after a three-game absence, beginning on April 9 against the Baltimore Orioles.

He is now one of two pitchers in the majors with a sub-1 ERA. Sonny Gray at 1.82 and McClanahan at 1.97.

McClanahan has pitched solidly in every game except for a four-run outing against the New York Yankees on April 14. He’s also been outstanding in his last two games, allowing one run in 14 innings.

As a result, McClanahan is expected to battle Gerrit Cole (33, New York Yankees) for the American League Cy Young Award until the end of the season.

The Tampa Bay offense scored five runs while McClanahan was on the mound, and when they trailed by two runs in the eighth inning, they scored two runs right back.

Table setters Manual Margot and Wander Franco combined for five hits, three RBIs and two runs scored, while Christian Betancourt also had a multi-hit performance.

Tampa Bay went on to beat Toronto 7-3, and McClanahan moved into sole possession of the major league lead in that category with his eighth win of the season.

McClanahan, who pitched a near-perfect game to earn the win, has now pitched 64 innings in 11 games this season, posting an 8-0 record and a 1.97 ERA. He has 75 strikeouts.

Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi, on the other hand, suffered his second loss of the season (5-2) after giving up five runs in five innings, including two home runs.

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