Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) player turned Major League Baseball export, Merrill Kelly (35-Arizona Diamondbacks), has moved into sole possession of first place on the National League (NL) wins list.
Kelly earned his 10th quality start of the season with seven innings of three-hit ball, one walk, seven strikeouts and one run against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. With his ninth win of the season, Kelly moved into sole possession of the NL lead in wins, ahead of Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mitch Keller (Pittsburgh Pirates), Marcus Stroman (Chicago Cubs), and teammate Zach Gallon (eight).
With six runs of run support in the first inning, Kelly made easy work of the Milwaukee bats early on. He retired two straight batters with a strikeout and a walk in the first inning and two straight hits and a strikeout in the second.
Kelly gave up the only run of the game in the bottom of the third. After giving up a leadoff walk to Brian Anderson, Kelly appeared to have gotten out of the jam by retiring the next two batters, but then gave up a triple down the right field line to Christian Yelich. However, he induced a grounder to end the inning without further damage.
Finding his groove again, Kelly continued his dominance from there. In the fourth, she struck out two and walked a batter, and in the fifth, she gave up a leadoff single, but got a flyout to end the inning. In the sixth, he got out of the inning with a triple play (strikeout, grounder, groundout), and in the seventh, like the previous five, he gave up a hit but induced a double play to get out of the jam.안전놀이터
Kelly, who had thrown just 88 pitches through seven innings, left the mound with a comfortable 8-1 lead. Arizona added a run in the ninth inning to complete the 9-1 victory over Milwaukee. Arizona, which improved to 44-29 on the season, restored its six-game winning percentage (.603) and remained in first place in the NL West. Milwaukee fell to 37-35 and a .514 winning percentage, dropping to second place in the NL Central by half a game behind the Cincinnati Reds (38-35, .521), who won their ninth straight game on the same day.