2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 9 Cover Image
2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 9
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Jacob Barnes Headshot

Barnes pitched a perfect 1.1 innings with one strikeout to earn the save in Sunday's 9-5 win over Arizona.

Barnes came into a major jam in the eighth inning, as a seven-run lead had been shrunk to three and pinch-hitter Paul Goldschmidt coming to the plate as the potential tying run. Barnes got Goldschmidt to fly out to center, and after the Brewers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, was allowed to finish off the game. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to get his second save of the year and bring his ERA to 2.96. Over his last seven appearances, Barnes has been unscored upon and allowed just two baserunners in 6.2 innings. Corey Knebel seems to have a solid grip on the closer role for the Brewers, but Barnes looks like a very trusted member of the Milwaukee pen.
8:20 pm (EST)
Patrick Corbin Headshot

Corbin (4-5) pitched four-plus innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits with three walks and three strikeouts in Sunday's 9-5 loss in Milwaukee.

Corbin just didn't have it this time out. He gave up a leadoff triple to Keon Broxton to spark a two-run first for the Brewers. Then, after his offense cut the deficit in half in the top of the fourth, he served up a grand slam to Domingo Santana in the bottom half. He gave up hits to the last two batters he faced before getting removed. He's now allowed 26 runs in his last 26 innings over five starts, erasing a strong start to the season. His ERA has ballooned to 5.14. It sat at 2.29 after five April starts. Corbin faces the Marlins on Friday, looking to get things back on track.
8:11 pm (EST)
Jimmy Nelson Headshot

Nelson (3-3) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts in Sunday's 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

This was Nelson's most complete performance of the season. While he didn't have to deal with Paul Goldschmidt, he held a formidable Arizona lineup to just seven hits and one run in seven frames. Nelson punched out a season-high 10 and did not walk a single batter. He also helped himself out at the plate, going 1-for-3 with an RBI groundout. Nelson has been inconsistent so far this season, but he has the ability to put up good strikeout numbers. Sunday was the fourth time he's struck out at least eight. Nelson will need to be just as sharp his next time out, as the Brewers host Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday.
8:02 pm (EST)
Darnell Sweeney Headshot

Sweeney was traded to the Reds on Sunday in exchange for future considerations, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

The utility man hasn't seen any big-league action in the last two years after hitting just .176 across 85 at-bats with Philadelphia in 2015. Sweeney will likely report to Triple-A Louisville, where he'll be looking to improve upon the .227 average, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases he put up in 38 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
6:54 pm (EST)
Mike Fisher Headshot

Fisher (undisclosed) has been cleared to play Monday night's Stanley Cup Finals opener against the Penguins, the Tennessean reports.

When speaking to the media about his injury Sunday, the captain heavily implied in his rhetoric that he was ready to go and would not miss Monday's contest. Coach Peter Laviolette backed the sentiment up by saying that all players on the trip would be available. Fisher and teammate Craig Smith (undisclosed) are both in Pittsburgh, so it would be a serious surprise at this point if either or both of them are ruled out due to injury prior to the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Finals game.
6:38 pm (EST)
Brandon Workman Headshot

Workman was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Workman was sent down to make room for David Price (elbow), who will make his season debut Monday against the White Sox. He didn't see any action with the big club since being called up on May 21 and will return to Pawtucket, where he's compiled a 1.98 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 13.2 innings this season.
6:20 pm (EST)
Zach Eflin Headshot

Eflin was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Eflin was torched at home by the Reds to the tune of seven earned runs on nine hits -- including four long balls -- over five innings Sunday. Considering the 23-year-old is now 0-3 with a bloated 6.13 ERA and 11 homers allowed in 47 innings (eight starts), the team has decided to send him down to get his game straightened out. Eflin's replacement in the rotation has not yet been announced.
5:44 pm (EST)
Adam Warren Headshot

Warren pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to collect his first save of the season during Sunday's win over Oakland.

Dellin Betances threw 24 pitches over 1.2 innings to finish off Oakland on Saturday, but the Yankees didn't wind up needing him Sunday. Warren recorded the final out in the top of the eighth, and the Yankees stretched their two-run advantage to four in the bottom half. Warren remained on the hill in the ninth to lock down the four-run victory. He sports a serviceable 2.73 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 7.9 K/9, but he probably won't pitch in enough late-game situations to provide many chances to earn wins or saves going forward.
5:34 pm (EST)
Aaron Judge Headshot

Judge went 2-for-4 with a grand slam during Sunday's win over Oakland.

This was just the third round tripper through the past 20 games for Judge, as he's beginning to cool off after his torrid early-season pace. However, he went 22-for-71 (.310 batting average) during that 20-game stretch to continue moving the fantasy needle. There are likely to be more peaks and valleys over the coming months, but Judge's playing time isn't in jeopardy at this point, so he should power his way out of any slumps in short order.
5:20 pm (EST)
Mike Trout Headshot

Trout sprained his left thumb Sunday against the Marlins and should be considered day-to-day.

X-rays on Trout's thumb came back negative, which is good news, but the results of an MRI will indicate how severe of a sprain he's dealing with. As such, the star center fielder's timetable for returning to action remains unclear until the team releases news from the test. Look for an update on Trout prior to the start of Monday night's series opener against the Braves.
5:20 pm (EST)
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