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Andrew Knapp Headshot

Knapp went 3-for-4 with his first career home run Saturday against the Dodgers.

Facing Dodger reliever Chris Hatcher in the eight inning, Knapp took an 0-2 splitter and sent it over the right-center field wall to give the Phillies what was an insurance run at the time. The 25-year-old has a good history of hitting success in the minors, and after Saturday's showing, he's now batting .304 on the season despite being in a part-time role behind primary catcher Cameron Rupp.
1:24 am (EST)
Brandon McCarthy Headshot

McCarthy tossed five innings Saturday against the Phillies, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three en route to a no-decision.

The injury-plagued 33-year-old didn't pitch poorly, but he would've been tagged with the loss had it not been for a four-run rally the Dodgers put together in the ninth inning to win the game. McCarthy displayed good command, throwing 59 of his 86 pitches for strikes, which kept his team in the game enough to come back in the end. Interestingly, this outing is arguably his worst of the season, as the four runs he allowed is the most he's given up all season, although his ERA still sits at a pretty 3.10 mark. It's unclear when McCarthy's next start will come due to the recent callup of uber-prospect Julio Urias and the impending activation of Rich Hill (finger) from the disabled list, but things should become clearer as the week rolls along.
1:16 am (EST)
Zach Eflin Headshot

Eflin twirled seven strong innings Saturday against the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out four. However, he ended up with a no-decision.

The 23-year-old starter has been incredibly effective this season, and Saturday night was no different. 68 of his 103 offerings went for strikes, and although he didn't miss too many bats, he kept the Dodgers at bay by inducing 12 groundouts (as opposed to just two flyouts). Unfortunately, a ninth-inning implosion by the bullpen kept Eflin from picking up his first win of the season, but he'll look to pick that up in his upcoming start Thursday against the Cubs.
1:09 am (EST)
Matt Cain Headshot

Cain pitched excellently Saturday against the Padres, allowing just one run on six hits to go with seven strikeouts in five innings of work, although he walked away with a no-decision.

The hamstring issue nagging the veteran starter since his last start didn't appear to hinder him Saturday, as he managed to produce a season-high in the strikeout category while firing 57 of his 86 offerings for strikes. Cain's strong showing also lowered his ERA to 2.30, the lowest mark of his career. Unfortunately, the bullpen squandered his outstanding outing as soon as he left the game, but he'll look to produce a victory in his next start Friday against the Reds.
1:01 am (EST)
Jhoulys Chacin Headshot

Chacin (3-3) picked up the win Saturday against the Giants, tossing five innings of three-run ball while allowing five hits, walking two, and striking out six.

The soft-throwing righty continued his trend of alternating good and bad starts, with Saturday fortunately being the former. Chacin was actually getting outperformed by Giants starter Matt Cain, although an eight-run explosion by the San Diego offense in the top of the sixth provided enough run support to get the 29-year-old his third victory of the season. His command was decent (as is evidenced by his two free passes), although 87 pitches in just five frames is nothing to call home about. Chacin will look to stay in the win column when he makes his next start Friday against the Dodgers.
12:54 am (EST)
Jake Lamb Headshot

Lamb belted his fifth homer of the season in the Diamondbacks' 7-6 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

Colorado starter Tyler Anderson left a 1-0 cutter over the middle of the plate, and Lamb certainly got all of it, slamming the sixth-longest home run ever at Chase Field. The bullpen ultimately blew the lead, but the 26-year-old continues to mash, as he's now hitting .292 with an .888 OPS out of the cleanup spot.
12:46 am (EST)
Jhonny Peralta Headshot

Peralta (illness) has begun taking grounders and hitting in the batting cage as part of the recovery from an adverse reaction to medication that landed him on the disabled list, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Peralta could be heading back to Florida for some extended spring training or minor-league rehab starts by the end of the coming week if all continues to go well. The veteran infielder suffered a significant scare after medication he was taking for an upper respiratory infection left him weak and lethargic. Those symptoms were largely responsible for Peralta's early-season struggles, which include nine strikeouts in his first 25 at-bats and sluggishness while playing at third base as well. Jedd Gyorko has taken over the starting duties at the hot corner in Peralta's absence and thrived, slashing .321/.397/.643 over 63 plate appearances.
12:43 am (EST)
Brandon Drury Headshot

Drury went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Rockies.

The 24-year-old has been a high-average hitter thus far, but he finally managed to send one over the fence Saturday when Rockies starter Tyler Anderson let a 1-1 changeup get a little too much of the plate. Saturday's performance brings Drury's OPS up to .802, which is 15 points up from last season's final tally.
12:39 am (EST)
Trevor Story Headshot

Story went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Although the strikeouts continue to pile up for the young shortstop, he's also continually flashing his prodigious power. Story's batting average is currently residing at a lowly .184 mark, but he also holds a .226 ISO, meaning that his power should continue to play up even if his average dips a bit from last season.
12:35 am (EST)
Mark Reynolds Headshot

Reynolds finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in the Rockies' come-from-behind victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

The veteran slugger eighth homer of the year initially seemed like a minor blow dealt to a surging Diamondbacks squad, but when Reynolds came up with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, he smashed a single to left field off of closer Fernando Rodney to tie the game. With the strong outing, Reynolds raised his batting average to .311 and his OPS to 1.003, and even with Ian Desmond (hand) expected to return from the disabled list as soon as Sunday, Reynolds doesn't seem to be in danger of losing any playing time if he continues to hit like this.
12:30 am (EST)
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