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What’s not mentioned below:
- Lance Lynn struck out five across 7.2 innings of shutout ball against the Milwaukee Brewers en route to his fourth win of the season.
- Clay Buchholz shut down the Minnesota Twins, tossing eight scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in the teams 1-0 win.
- Carlos Carrasco picked up his seventh win of the season, tossing seven innings of one run ball with eight strikeouts, bringing his ERA below four (3.92) for the season; Brandon Moss hit his ninth home run of the year in the win.
- Giancarlo Stanton launched his 16th home run to help lift the Marlins over the Cubs, 5-2.
- Chris Archer struck out 15 over eight innings against the Los Angeles Angels. Archer has 97 strikeouts in 76 innings this season. Mike Trout went 0-4 with three strikeouts in the loss.
- Noah Syndergaard got lit up tonight against the Padres, letting up seven runs in just four innings, although he notched ten strikeouts. Despite the high scoring the Padres, Matt Kemp and Justin Upton combined to go 0-9.
- The Diamondbacks took down the Braves 7-6 at home tonight, largely in part to A.J. Pollock’s (2-5) home run in the seventh inning. Shelby Miller gave up four runs across 4.1 innings for the Braves.
- Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena both homered to help lift the Astros over the Orioles, 6-4. Adam Jones went 0-4 in his team’s loss.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Welcome to the show, Joey Gallo. The Texas Rangers top prospect had a huge night at the plate in his MLB Debut, going 3-4 with four runs batted in, including his first career home run in the teams 15-2 win against the Chicago White Sox. Gallo fell just a triple shy of the cycle, and fantasy owners hope that he keeps this production up and makes a case to stay on the big league roster once Adrian Beltre returns from his injury.
Shin Soo-Choo had a big day at the plate as well going 3-5 including his eighth home run of the season. Colby Lewis rebounded in this one, his first start since being tagged for nine runs against the Indians, lasting seven innings while letting up two runs and striking out four to help pick up his fifth win of the year.
His counterpart, Jeff Samardzija, did not share the same success tonight on the mound, giving up nine runs on twelve hits across five innings of work, walking one and striking out four. This start sums up the struggles that Samardzija has been facing since being traded to the south side of Chicago, but he has to hope to have a much better second half as he’s pitching in his contract year. Adam Eaton was one of the few White Sox players to collect a hit in the game, as he launched his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning of the game.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays split their doubleheader today, with the Nats taking the first game, and the Jays winning the second game of the slate, respectively. Jordan Zimmermann was in ace form for the Nationals in game one, tossing eight scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out four. Bryce Harper went 1-3 in the game with an RBI and his third stolen base of the season. Yunel Escobar went 2-3 with a run scored, raising his average to .313.
For the Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista both went 1-4, while shortstop Jose Reyes failed to collect a hit, going 0-4 with a strikeout. R.A Dickey pitched a solid game, giving up two runs across six innings while striking out six; though unfortunately the Jays couldn’t get it going offensively, so the quality start was somewhat wasted.
The Blue Jays picked things up in the second game, tagging Nats’ ace Max Scherzer for four runs across his six innings of work. This wasn’t a typical start for the former Cy Young winner, as it took him 101 pitches to get through just six innings. Russell Martin and Chris Collabello both stole bases tonight for the Jays (yeah, you read that right), while Josh Donaldson went 2-4 with a run scored. Kevin Pillar led the offense for the Blue Jays in this one, going 3-4 with 4 RBI, including two home runs (both off Scherzer). Marco Estrada picked up his second win of the season, letting up two runs across six innings with five strikeouts. Bryce Harper went 2-4 for the Nats in the loss.
Joc Pederson: good at baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation continues to prove his case for NL Rookie of the Year, as he launched (emphasis on the launch) two home runs in the teams’ double-header against the Colorado Rockies. Pederson’s first home run came in the third inning of the first game off Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa, with the home run being recorded at 467 feet. The Rockies were able to take game one, 6-3, behind De La Rosa, who lasted six innings, giving up three runs and striking out six. Pederson’s second home run, though, is still circling the globe. His home run in the third inning of game two is the furthest home run hit this season, as it traveled 480 feet.
The Dodgers trailed for a good portion of this game, but that quickly changed when Alex Guerrero launched a ninth inning grand slam to give the team a one run lead over the Rockies, which would eventually be enough to pick up the win in game two. Zack Greinke got roughed up for five runs on ten hits across six innings, striking out just two. Greinke didn’t have his best stuff in the game, but his ERA is still under two despite the poor start (1.97). Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 1-5 in the game, though the one hit was a two run shot that came in the seventh inning. Tulo is starting to heat up at the plate, as he has now hit three home runs in his past four games.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The Oakland A’s took down the Detroit Tigers behind Ben Zobrist‘s grand slam in the seventh inning. The A’s were able to keep the Tigers’ potent offense quiet in this game, thanks to Kendall Graveman’s solid outing, picking up his third win of the year. Graveman tossed six innings of three run ball, though he tallied just one strikeout in the start. Miguel Cabrera, Jose Iglesias, and Ian Kinsler were all held without a hit, which was a huge hit to fantasy owners that decided to stack the Tigers in their lineups today. Alfredo Simon took the loss for the Tigers, giving up five runs across 6.1 innings with five walks and six strikeouts. Billy Burns collected two hits (2-5) for the A’s, scoring a run and notching an RBI.
The Philadelphia Phillies were able to come back and beat the Cincinnati Reds tonight, taking home the 5-4 victory thanks to some late inning heroics. Johnny Cueto was sharp in his first start since returning from his elbow injury, tossing six innings of two run ball (one earned) with four strikeouts. The big plus for Cueto in this start is that he was able to get through the game without any problems, hopefully signifying that the problems he’s been facing are now in the past. Joey Votto went 2-5 for the Reds with two runs batted in; though teammate Todd Frazier took the collar going 0-5. Chase Utley collected three hits for the Phillies, including a solo home run in the sixth inning to pull the Phillies within two runs. It wasn’t until the eighth inning that the Phillies would tie the game, coming off a two run home run from Maikel Franco. The game would end in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a walk off single off the bat of Darin Ruf.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Drew Storen (17)
John Axford (10)
Tyler Clippard (8)
Koji Uehara (11)
A.J. Ramos (5)
Trevor Rosenthal (16)
Luke Gregerson (15)
Cody Allen (12)
Kenley Jansen (5)
Brad Ziegler (4)
Mark Melancon (15)
Rafael Betancourt (BS)
Troy Tulowitzki held out of the lineup in game one of the doubleheader.
Jorge Soler held out of the lineup with ankle sprain.
Marlon Byrd – Day-to-day – (wrist)
J.J Hardy – Day-to-day – (oblique)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
The Tampa Bay Rays designated reliever Ernesto Frieri last night, shortly after the club’s 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels; Mark Tompkin of the Tampa Bay Times was among the first to report the news via Twitter. Frieri worked to a 4.63 ERA in his 23 1/3 innings of work this season, often struggling with his control and seeing his average fastball velocity dip down to 91-92 mph. It’s safe to say that Friend’s best years are behind him, though there’s a chance another time might take a shot on him down the road to add some bullpen depth.