We’re down to the nitty-gritty with fantasy football drafts then the games begin. But there’s still another four weeks of the National Pastime. To help keep up with multiple sports, when you awaken for the rest of the season you’ll be able to click on over to Fantasy Alarm where you’ll be met with “Boxscore Blitz”, a quick-hit fantasy review of the previous day’s games.
PIT 2, CIN 1 WP Tony Watson (10-1) LP Jonathan Broxton (4-2) SV Mark Melancon (25)
One hit, one out and Watson chalked up win number ten. Put a check mark next to this game if you want to convince your league to use quality starts as both Mike Leake and Edinson Volquez would have qualified. Josh Harrison stole the show, again – with three knocks and a starting a sweet 5-3 DP at the hot corner. Four more games at second and Jay-Hey will have 2B/3B/OF eligibility…With Gregory Polanco on the farm and Travis Snider hurt, Jose Tabata will see some playing time and even hit second…Billy Hamilton stole two more bags and has seven in his past seven games, including swipes in the last three…Devin Mesoraco continued his break out campaign with a pair of knocks.
BAL 9, MIN 1 WP Miguel Gonzalez (7-7) LP Trevor May (0-4)
Chris Davis hit his third homer in five games, a grand slam…Steve Pearce left the contest with an abdominal strain, his status is uncertain…With six punch outs, Gonzalez fanned more than five for the first time since July 5…It was feast or famine for May surrendering eight runs but recording eight of his 14 outs via the striekout.
NYY 6, TOR 3 WP Chris Capuano (2-3) LP Mark Buehrle (11-9) SV David Robertson (35)
Jacoby Ellsbury hit his fourth homer in five games totaling nine RBI in that span but hurt his ankle sliding into home in the 9th inning. Initial tests were negative…With a 2-for-5 effort, Martin Prado is 20 for his last 53 (.377)…Robertson recorded his fourth save where he entered the game in the 8th inning, his first since June 25…Joey Bautista swatted his 27th.
BOS 8, TAM 4 WP Anthony Ranaudo (3-0) LP Chris Archer (8-7)
With two RBI, Yoenis Cespedes knocked in his ninth run over his past seven games…Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam…One of the errors was his own, but Chris Archer’s line was inflated via shoddy defense…Desmond Jennings was a late scratch with a bruised knee and is day-to-day. His replacement Brandon Guyer stepped in with a solid 2-for-4 effort, scoring a run while knocking in three.
NYM 4, PHI 1 WP Jacob deGrom (7-6) LP Jake Diekman (3-4) SV Jenrry Mejia (20)
Jacob deGrom dropped his ERA to 2.94 with seven scoreless frames including five whiffs…Mejia closed it out with three strikeouts but he needed to throw 21 pitches as Dilson Herrera (Spanish for Daniel Murphy) committed an error on a grounder.
ATL 5, MIA 2 WP David Carpenter (5-3) LP Chris Hatcher (0-2) SV Craig Kimbrel (40)
With two each, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton had half of the Braves eight hits, knocking in four of their five runs…Ervin Santana fanned seven but may have cost himself a win by walking four, elevating his pitch count to 104 in six frames…Kimbrel reached the 40-save plateau for the fourth straight campaign…Marcell Ozuna had three knocks and an RBI for the Fish.
CLE 6, KC 1 WP Danny Salazar (5-6) LP Jason Vargas (10-7)
Salazar may have gotten the win but he’s nowhere near the form he was displaying this time last season. he fanned three with two walks in five frames…Spots two, three and four went 8-for-14 for the Tribe with Jose Ramirez scoring two and knocking in one, Michael Brantley with three hits and a run and Carlos Santana leading the way with a dinger and three RBI…Alcides Escobar had four hits in a losing effort…Alex Gordon had a rough night, stranding seven runners with an 0-for-5.
DET 7, CWS 1 WP Justin Verlander (12-11) LP Scott Carroll (5-9)
Justin Verlander tied a season-high by fanning eight for the fourth time this season…With three hits, J.D. Martinez is 14 for his last 34 (.412)…Miguel Cabrera is in danger of falling below .300, sitting at .301 after an 0-for-5 evening…Adam Eaton has three hits for the White Sox and looks like he’s in store for a strong finish and he could be available in mixed leagues.
TEX 13, HOU 6 WP Scott Baker (3-3) LP Brett Oberholtzer (4-10)
After scoring 37 runs in 13 games, the Rangers crossed the plate 27 times in the past three buoyed by scoring 12 on Wednesday along with 13 last night…While all nine starters had hits, the bottom four were a combined 9-for-19 with seven runs and nine RBI…Michael Choice and Rougned Odor went deep…Marwin Gonzalez had three hits, a run and an RBI for the Astros.
CHC 7, STL 2 WP Neil Ramirez (2-1) LP Pat Neshek (6-1)
The Cubs’ kids took center stage as rookies Jorge Soler hit two long balls, Arismendy Alcantara hit one and Javier Baez chipped in with an RBI double...Though he wasn’t dominant with just three whiffs, Shelby Miller did toss a quality start, allowing just two runs over seven stanzas.
ARI 5, COL 2 WP Brad Ziegler (5-2) LP Rex Brothers (4-6) SV Reed (31)
Rookie Jake Lamb stepped up in the 8th inning with the bases juiced, having fanned twice in three at bats, stranding four runners. He then unloaded the bases with his second career homer, a game winning grand slam…Josh Collmenter didn’t get the win but he did his job with 6.1 innings of 1-run ball, allowing just two hits, no walks with five punch outs.
LAA 4, OAK 0 WP Jered Weaver (15-7) LP Jon Lester (13-9)
Jered Weaver continues to get it done without a bunch of strikeouts as he stifled the A’s, holding them scoreless for seven innings before handing the ball to Joe Smith and Huston Street to complete the shut out…Chris Iannetta had the big hit, knocking one over the wall in center that nicked off of Coco Crisp’s glove…Crisp injured his neck on the near-highlight reel leap and is day-to-day, but recall he has already lost time this season with a neck injury…Lester may not have been as sharp as usual but he was victimized by sloppy glove-work in the 6th inning, adding another 15 pitches to his total which cut his evening short at the end of the frame.
WSH 8, SEA 3 SP Jordan Zimmermann (10-5) LP Felix Hernandez (13-5)
Hernandez entered last night’s tilt having allowed just nine homers. By the time his night was mercifully over, it ballooned to a baker’s dozen as the King served up four of the six bombs smashed by the Nationals…Wilson Ramos smacked a pair with Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper chipping in with a dinger each…Zimmermann allowed two earned, scattering seven hits over six stanzas, fanning eight with one walk…Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard tossed two scoreless before Rafael Soriano surrendered three hits and a run in the 9th. Soriano is still the closer but both Storen and Clippard are having significantly better seasons so it wouldn’t be surprising if one or both got a look as closer as the Nats head to the playoffs.
SF 13, MIL 2 WP Ryan Vogelsong (8-9) LP Wily Peralta (15-9)
The Giants scored all 13 runs over the first five innings…Reinforcing why you still start him at home, Vogelsong tossed seven solid, allowing just two earned with seven whiffs, one free pass and four hits…Buster Posey was a perfect 5-for-5 with three runs and three RBI…Joe Panik chipped in with four knocks with three each from Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence…Gregor Blanco went deep for the second straight game.
SD 3, LAD 2 WP Tim Stauffer (5-2) LP Kevin Correia (7-15)
Fresh off the disabled list, Andrew Cashner looked in mid-season with eight strikeouts in six innings, allowing just one run with nary a free pass...Another recent returnee from injury, Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a home run...Yasmani Grandal knocked in the game-winner in the 12th.
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