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Date Player
8/17/2017 Jake Faria, TB, P
Jake Faria fell to 5-4, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks in 5.1 innings, as the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday. Faria struck out three, ending the game with a 3.32 ERA and 1.19 WHIP on the season.

Analysis: The bloom is starting to come off the rose for Faria, who went 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA over his first seven major league starts but is 1-4 with a 5.08 ERA in his last six. He'll take a three-start losing streak into a rematch with the Blue Jays in St. Petersburg next Tuesday.
8/17/2017 Phillip Ervin, Cin, CF
Ervin went 1 for 2 with a home run and an RBI Wednesday as the Cincinnati Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-6. The homer was his first of the season. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.

Analysis: Ervin became the first Reds player since Juan Francisco in 2009 to homer on his first career hit when his solo shot off reliever Hector Rondon made it 6-2 in the seventh inning.
8/17/2017 Blake Wood, Cin, P
Blake Wood did not allow a hit or walk in 0.1 scoreless innings as the Cincinnati Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-6 on Wednesday. Wood struck out one, ending the game with a 4.34 ERA and 1.48 WHIP on the season.
8/17/2017 Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B
Kris Bryant went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6. Bryant scored once. He ended the game with a .291 batting average.
8/17/2017 Ben Zobrist, ChC, 2B
Ben Zobrist went 1 for 4 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Cincinnati Reds 7-6. Zobrist scored once. He ended the game with a .223 batting average.
8/17/2017 Jesse Winker, Cin, LF
Jesse Winker went 1 for 3 Wednesday as the Cincinnati Reds fell to the Chicago Cubs 7-6. He ended the game with a .273 batting average.
8/17/2017 Anthony Rizzo, ChC, 1B
Rizzo went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and four RBIs Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Cincinnati Reds 7-6. The homer was his 28th of the season. Rizzo scored twice. He ended the game with a .265 batting average.

Analysis: Rizzo's homer was a grand slam, the third of his career.
8/17/2017 Tommy La Stella, ChC, 3B
Tommy La Stella went 1 for 1 with a double and an RBI Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Cincinnati Reds 7-6. He ended the game with a .314 batting average.
8/17/2017 John Lackey, ChC, P
Lackey allowed one run on four hits and three walks in 6.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Wednesday. Lackey struck out six, ending the game with a 4.67 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the season.

Analysis: Lackey is 5-0 with a 3.06 ERA since the All-Star break after going 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA in the season's first half. He was trying for a career-best sixth win but settled for the no-decision.
8/17/2017 Brad Miller, TB, 2B
Brad Miller went 1 for 4 with an RBI Wednesday as the Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2. He ended the game with a .197 batting average.
8/17/2017 Alex Avila, ChC, C
Alex Avila went 1 for 4 with an RBI Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6. He ended the game with a .262 batting average.
8/17/2017 Wade Davis, ChC, P
Wade Davis improved to 3-1, allowing no hits over 1.0 scoreless inning, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Wednesday. Davis struck out one, ending the game with a 2.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the season.
8/17/2017 Kyle Schwarber, ChC, LF
Kyle Schwarber went 1 for 2 Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs topped the Cincinnati Reds 7-6. Schwarber scored once. He ended the game with a .197 batting average.
8/17/2017 Javier Báez, ChC, 2B
Baez went 1 for 4 with a double Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6. Baez scored once. He ended the game with a .269 batting average.

Analysis: Baez scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth.
8/17/2017 José Peraza, Cin, 2B
Jose Peraza went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Cincinnati Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-6. He ended the game with a .261 batting average.
8/17/2017 Steve Pearce, Tor, 1B
Steve Pearce went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and an RBI Wednesday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2. The homer was his 12th of the season. Pearce scored twice. He ended the game with a .269 batting average.

Analysis: Though Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak have carried Toronto's offense lately, Pearce is doing his part as well by batting .319 (15 for 47) with three homers, nine RBIs and 11 runs scored over his last 14 games. He's homered twice previously off Thursday's starter Chris Archer, though he's just 3 for 16 lifetime off the Tampa ace.
8/16/2017 Mallex Smith, TB, CF
Mallex Smith went 2 for 3 with a double Wednesday as the Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2. Smith scored twice. He ended the game with a .276 batting average.
8/16/2017 Corey Dickerson, TB, LF
Corey Dickerson went 2 for 4 with a double Wednesday as the Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2. He ended the game with a .286 batting average.

Analysis: After going 4 for 44 over his previous 10 games, Dickerson showed signs of getting back on track on this night. The 2017 All-Star has hit well at Rogers Centre this season, having gone 12 for 36 with a pair of homers and five RBIs in eight visits.
8/16/2017 Brian Duensing, ChC, P
Brian Duensing allowed one run on one hit in 0.2 innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Wednesday. Duensing did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 2.57 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the season.
8/16/2017 Tucker Barnhart, Cin, C
Tucker Barnhart went 0 for 4 Wednesday as the Cincinnati Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-6. He ended the game with a .263 batting average.
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