The outfielder is riding a nine-game hot stretch with three homers, seven RBI, eight runs and a 1.273 OPS through just 29 at-bats. The switch hitter has posted a .281/.396/.447 slash line dating back to last season and could be earning more playing time with his recent heater. It is a crowded outfield with Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and Byron Broxton all receiving regular starts, but there might be a clear path to consistent at-bats as the designated hitter with Kennys Vargas' recent demotion to the minors.
Bonilla's control problems led to an early call to the bullpen and Robert Stephenson, who subsequently poured gasoline on the fire and gave up 10 hits. Bonilla has now walked 16 batters in 25.2 innings with the big league squad. When the Reds' array of injured starters return, Bonilla is likely to return to Triple-A Louisville.
After exiting Sunday's game early, Martinez was right back in the starting lineup Monday and made his presence felt with a go-ahead 433-foot three-run blast in the fifth that plated Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. The slugging outfielder had actually been hitless in the previous four games (10 at-bats), so Monday's round tripper served to snap him out of a mini-slump in spectacular fashion. Martinez has now compiled eight homers and 17 RBI in just 17 games played thus far this season.
The free pass Cabrera drew in the fifth started the Tigers' comeback from an early 3-0 deficit, and his two-run single to center in the eighth capped off the scoring on the night and gave Detroit a 10-7 lead they wouldn't relinquish. The 34-year-old is producing below his normal levels thus far and has been hampered by groin and oblique injuries, but he 's now knocked in 13 runs in May and produced five multi-hit outings during the month. He's also sporting the highest line drive and hard contact rates of his career (31.4 and 47.6 percent, respectively), so a surge in both batting average and power could well be looming.
The veteran utility man notched his first multi-hit effort since May 12 in Monday's loss, snapping an 0-for-8 stretch that had encompassed the last four games in which he'd notched at least one at-bat. Pennington has bounced back after a difficult April in which he hit just .179, as he's now slashing .279/.354/.279 over 48 plate appearances in May.
Santana closed out a big six-run third for the Braves with a two-bagger to deep right which plated Tyler Flowers and Rio Ruiz. The 26-year-old was hitless in his first 18 at-bats with Atlanta after being acquired from the Twins on May 8, but he's gone 4-for-14 with three doubles, a triple and four RBI in the last six games.
The veteran overcame an early 1-0 deficit with one swing of the bat, plating Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte with his third-inning two-bagger. Adams had been mired in a mini 0-for-8 slump over the previous two games, but he's been a positive addition overall to an Atlanta squad in need for some pop due to the extended absence of Freddie Freeman (wrist).
One game into a 10-game road trip, Pedroia flew back to Boston for an MRI on the wrist. We obviously have to wait on the results, but it appears Rutledge will be the starting second basemen for the next couple of games at the very least. Boston's infield depth has been strained by injuries, making Rutledge a vital roster piece. With Pablo Sandoval (knee) set to return later this week, Deven Marrero can move off third base and provide some necessary infield depth.
Called on to open the eighth and preserve a 7-6 lead, Soria promptly yielded a single to Justin Upton and walked Nick Castellanos before allowing a run-scoring hit to Alex Presley. The latter then came home on a wild pitch that Soria uncorked to Jose Iglesias, and after being relieved two batters later, he subsequently saw two more runs go on his ledger courtesy of the RBI single that Matt Strahm yielded to Miguel Cabrera. The 33-year-old right-hander has generally been effective as a set-up option with eight holds, but a pair of four-run outings have served to tarnish his overall body of work.
Barnes, who entered the game having thrown six consecutive scoreless outings, had difficulty with Chicago's bottom third of the order. He yielded a leadoff triple to Yolmer Sanchez on a 1-2 curveball and a double to Kevan Smith that knotted the game. Melky Cabrera later fisted a single behind second base to knock in the go-ahead run. Despite giving up the lead and a possible win for David Price, who had an encouraging 2017 debut after dealing with elbow soreness since February, Barnes should remain a high-leverage reliever for the Red Sox.
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