|Thu Jun 20||00:54||Joe Saunders takes loss in 1-0 game||Joe Saunders||SP||Diamondbacks||Buchanalia|
Joe Saunders took a complete-game loss after giving up one run in eight innings against the Angels on Wednesday.
The lone run to score off him did so on a wild pitch. This makes five straight quality starts for Saunders, though he has a 2-2 record to show for it. Overall, he's 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA. Next up for him is a favorable home start against the Pirates.
|Thu Jun 20||00:45||Young homers, has 3 RBI in loss to Rangers||Chris Young||CF||Diamondbacks||Team Erik|
Chris Young went 2-for-5 with a home run as the A's lost to the Rangers on Wednesday.
Young hit a three-run homer, his seventh of the year, to account for all three RBI. He batted leadoff for just the third time this season with Coco Crisp out, but he'll likely drop lower in the lineup when Crisp returns. Young is hitting just .192/.275/.378 this season.
|Thu Jun 20||00:30||Tommy Milone gets knocked around by Rangers||Tommy Milone||SP||Nationals||Free Agent|
Tommy Milone allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
Nothing went right for Milone on Wednesday. The left-hander allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out just one on the evening. It was more of a death by papercuts than anything, though, as only one of the eight hits went for extra bases. He'll go again Tuesday against the Reds.
|Thu Jun 20||00:21||Phillips hits walk-off as Reds best Pirates||Brandon Phillips||2B||Reds||The Salt City Sox|
Brandon Phillips hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning to give the Reds a 2-1 win over the Pirates on Wednesday.
Phillips has struggled of late, as he's just 12-for-59 (.203) in June, and he was struggling again on Wednesday before the single in the 13th inning. The slump has dropped his average on the season to .272. Maybe Wednesday's heroics will ignite his bat once again.
|Thu Jun 20||00:15||Grilli blows first save as Bucs fall to Reds||Jason Grilli||RP||Pirates||Free Agent|
Jason Grilli blew his first save of the year against the Reds on Wednesday, giving up a game-tying home run to Jay Bruce in the bottom of the ninth inning.
As Meatloaf said, 25 out of 26 ain't bad. The homer was Grilli's first allowed this year as well, and the earned run ballooned his ERA to 0.99. Everyone is entitled to a bad pitch every now and then; Grilli will be just fine.
|Thu Jun 20||00:11||Bruce hits game-tying homer in 9th Wednesday||Jay Bruce||RF||Reds||The Schellackers|
Jay Bruce hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Jason Grilli and the Pirates on Wednesday.
Bruce picked a good time -- if you're a Reds fan, that is -- for his only hit of the night. The solo shot gave him 14 on the year to go with 49 RBI. The outfielder is now hitting .277/.323/.500 after a slow start.
|Thu Jun 20||00:06||Locke stingy in tough no-decision versus Reds||Jeff Locke||SP||Pirates||Free Agent|
Jeff Locke threw seven scoreless innings but was denied a win against the Reds on Wednesday.
Just when it seems Locke couldn't possibly be pitching better, he does. The southpaw kept the Reds off balance all night, giving up just four hits and three walks while striking out three. The only thing keeping him from being 7-1 was Jason Grilli's first blown save of the year. Locke will toe the rubber again on Tuesday against the Mariners in Seattle.
|Thu Jun 20||00:02||Arroyo stout in no-decision against Pirates||Bronson Arroyo||SP||Reds||Team Erik|
Bronson Arroyo allowed just one unearned run in seven innings of a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Arroyo was the victim of his own fielding blunder, as the unearned run scored on a fielding error he committed in the third inning. Otherwise he was spotless, keeping the Pirates off the scoreboard. He'll carry a 3.04 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the A's.
|Wed Jun 19||23:55||Weeks hits go-ahead homer, Brewers top Astros||Rickie Weeks||2B||Brewers||The Salt City Sox|
Rickie Weeks hit a game-winning two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Brewers beat the Astros 3-1 on Wednesday.
It was Weeks' first game hitting leadoff this year, and he responded by going 2-for-4 with the winning home run. The homer was his sixth of the season, and while he's taken a while to get going his average has been slowly rising since the middle of May. He's always a slow starter, so expect him to continue to get better as the season rolls on.
|Wed Jun 19||23:50||K-Rod picks up save No. 299 against Astros||Francisco Rodriguez||RP||Brewers||The Salt City Sox|
Francisco Rodriguez earned his fifth save of the season, number 299 of his career, against the Astros on Wednesday.
K-Rod is now just one away from 300, a number only 24 others have reached in baseball's history. Jim Henderson will be reinstalled as the Brewers' closer once K-Rod gets to the plateau, but even then Rodriguez should continue to be a valuable pitcher in leagues that count holds. He has a 0.68 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through 13 1/3 innings and will likely become the team's setup man once Henderson is back closing.
|Wed Jun 19||23:44||Altuve swipes three bags in loss to Brewers||Jose Altuve||2B||Astros||The Schellackers|
Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases on Wednesday, but the Astros fell to the Brewers.
Altuve took it upon himself to generate all the Astros offense on Wednesday, as he twice stole third base and scored the only Houston run on a sacrifice fly. The stolen bases gives him 16 on the year and seven in his last seven games.
|Wed Jun 19||23:40||Lohse solid in another no-decision vs. Astros||Kyle Lohse||SP||Cardinals||Team Lorin|
Kyle Lohse allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Wednesday.
Lohse can't buy a win. The right-hander has limited teams to two earned runs over his last two starts with no wins to show for it, and he's won just two games all season. It doesn't take away from the effort on Wednesday, as he allowed six hits and two walks, striking out five. He'll look for better luck Tuesday against the Cubs.
|Wed Jun 19||23:28||Roger Bernadina has eye infection||Roger Bernadina||CF/LF||Nationals||Free Agent|
Roger Bernadina (eye) will visit a doctor on Thursday.
Bernadina developed an infection in his left eye prior to Wednesday's game and was unavailable to play in that contest. It shouldn't be a big deal, but the Nats should provide an update prior to Thursday's contest versus the Rockies.
|Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter|
|Wed Jun 19||23:18||Yadi's two-run shot helps Cardinals beat Cubs||Yadier Molina||C||Cardinals||Buchanalia|
Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer in the Cardinals' 4-1 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday in St. Louis.
The two-run shot was Yadi's only hit of the night but it was a big gone, breaking a 1-1 tie and putting the Cardinals ahead for good. Molina, the best defensive catcher in baseball, is now batting .365/.406/.514 with five homers and 41 RBI. He might be the early NL MVP.
|Wed Jun 19||23:16||Castro goes 0-for-4 in Cubs' loss to Cards||Starlin Castro||SS||Cubs||Buchanalia|
Starlin Castro finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout Wednesday in the Cubs' loss to the Cardinals.
Castro is now batting .235/.269/.327 and there seems to be no end in sight for his offensive struggles. Pete Kozma, the Cardinals' light-hitting shortstop, is at least batting .256 with a .303 OBP.
|Wed Jun 19||23:12||Ryan Dempster falls to 4-8 with loss to Rays||Ryan Dempster||SP||Cubs||Team Lorin|
Ryan Dempster allowed three runs over six innings to take the loss against the Rays on Wednesday.
The outing was similar to Dempster's other starts recently, as he's turned in quality starts in his last five outings. Despite the "quality" label, Wednesday's was mostly forgettable, as he allowed eight hits and two walks in his six innings of work. He'll take on the Rockies in his next time out on Tuesday.
|Wed Jun 19||23:12||Westbrook goes seven strong, Cards top Cubs||Jake Westbrook||SP||Cardinals||The Salt City Sox|
Jake Westbrook held the Cubs to one (unearned) run over seven innings Wednesday in a Cardinals victory.
It was his second start back from the disabled list and he looked sharp, yielding just two hits while inducing 15 groundball outs. Westbrook has hardly been dominant this season, but he's used his craftiness to work out of jams and currently boasts a 1.76 ERA in 51 total innings. He'll be a decent fantasy option next week in Houston.
|Wed Jun 19||23:09||E-Jax gives up four runs in loss to Cardinals||Edwin Jackson||SP||Cardinals||The Salt City Sox|
Edwin Jackson surrendered four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.
Facing one of his many former teams, Jackson yielded six hits and gave up two walks -- a dangerous amount of baserunners for the Cardinals' hot lineup. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out only one batter. He'll carry a 3-9 record, 5.49 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into his next scheduled start in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
|Wed Jun 19||22:56||Kyle Kendrick gets tough-luck no-decision||Kyle Kendrick||RP/SP||Phillies||Buchanalia|
Kyle Kendrick deserved a win but was dealt a no-decision Wednesday, as he held the Nationals to one run on just two hits and a walk over 7 2/3 innings.
Kendrick struck out six and gave up only an Adam LaRoche single in the second and Jayson Werth RBI single in the seventh, but Jonathan Papelbon was unable to nail down the one-run victory. The outing comes after Kendrick's worst of the season, though that was at Coors Field and, thus, forgivable. He'll get the Padres in San Diego next.
|Wed Jun 19||22:48||Ian Desmond's grand slam wins it for Nats||Ian Desmond||SS||Nationals||Team Mike|
Ian Desmond's 11th-inning grand slam propelled the Nationals to a comeback win over the Phillies Wednesday.
Desmond was hitless with three strikeouts in his first four plate appearances, but he came through in extras, depositing a Michael Stutes hanger into the left-center field seats. The shortstop is now hitting .280 with 10 homers and 38 RBI on the season.