Richard did enough to keep his team in the game, but failed to register a quality start for the first time since July 30. All four of his earned runs came via the home run, as he surrendered long balls to Jedd Gyorko, Stephen Piscotty and Yadier Molina. It was the first time since 2013 that Richard had allowed three homers in the same game. The 33-year-old will take a 4.89 ERA into his upcoming scheduled start Sunday against the Marlins.
He also struck out, however, marking his 10th straight game with at least one whiff -- a stretch during which he's hitting only .179 (7-for-39) with a 5:20 BB:K. Until Moncada learns to make more consistent contact, it will be difficult for him to play up to his potential.
Lynn allowed only seven baserunners in his six innings of work Tuesday, but was twice punished by Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte. Solarte ripped a three-run double in the third inning and added an RBI double in the fifth to account for all four of Lynn's earned runs. Tuesday's shaky performance was the 30-year-old's first non-quality start since July 4, snapping a streak of eight consecutive quality outings. He'll look to rebound in his upcoming Sunday start against the Rays.
He threw 64 of 99 pitches for strikes and was scraping 96 mph with his fastball in the first inning, but by the end of his night Giolito's fastball could barely break 93 mph and his lack of confidence in his off-speed pitches was exposed. The right-hander's upside is still sky high, but don't expect him to be an immediate success. He'll next take the mound Sunday at home against the Tigers.
The news was certainly welcome, considering Iwakuma's rehab process has been characterized by fits and starts. Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed everything went well for the veteran right-hander and that he's likely to throw another bullpen session later in the week.
Pivetta has had a tough season with the Phillies this year and experienced one of his worst outings Tuesday against the Marlins. The 24-year-old allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk before being pulled from the game after recording just four outs. He currently holds an unsightly 6.73 ERA, but will likely find himself back in the majors when rosters expand in September.
As has been his habit this season, Vargas flashed his power quickly after his latest promotion from Triple-A Rochester. While his nine homers and 31 RBI in 54 big-league games are solid, his .245 batting average and .736 OPS indicate why he hasn't been able to hang onto a regular spot in the Twins lineup. With Miguel Sano (shin) out for another week or so, however, expect Vargas to see plenty of at-bats through the rest of August as the team looks to replace their young slugger's thump.
Herrera was summoned to pitch the ninth inning Tuesday, but was removed from the game after allowing two walks and a hit while only recording two outs. The closer admitted to feeling some tingling in his forearm, which may help explain his subpar performance. He'll undergo further testing Wednesday. If he's forced to spend time on the DL, Brandon Maurer would be the most likely candidate to occupy the ninth-inning duties.
Dr. ElAttrache is in the midst of reviewing the images and notes from Rosenthal's exam with team physician George Paletta, with the goal of collaborating with him on charting Rosenthal's course moving forward. The hard-throwing closer was diagnosed with right posterior elbow irritation late last week, and as per Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, he could potentially have to undergo surgery.
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