Tommy Joseph hit a solo home run and scored twice in Thursday's win over the Braves.
Joseph followed Maikel Franco's three-run dong in the first inning with a solo shot of his own, as the Phillies got to Braves starter Matt Wisler early and often. The homer was Joseph's 14th in 57 major league games this year. The Phillies didn't need much convincing to cast Ryan Howard aside, and the 25-year-old has proven plenty worthy of taking over at first base. Joseph is hitting .262/.294/.524 overall.
Maikel Franco hit a three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Braves.
Franco destroyed a hanging slider from Braves starter Matt Wisler in the first inning, part of a five-run frame for the Phillies. The third baseman finished 1-for-5 in the game. That's been a bit of a theme for Franco this year, as he's now got 19 homers and 58 RBI to go with a more pedestrian .259/.314/.463 line overall.
Jeanmar Gomez allowed a run on two hits and a walk but limited the damage Thursday, earning his 27th save against the Braves.
Things got dicey when, protecting a three-run lead, Gomez gave up a leadoff single and a walk to start the ninth, but he coaxed a ground ball double play to quell the rally. A run-scoring single brought the tying run to the plate, but Gomez froze Jace Peterson to end the threat and the game. The right-hander is now 27-for-30 in save chances and owns a 2.83 ERA and 1.13 WHIP overall, numbers that could get him dealt to a reliever-needy contender before Monday's trade deadline.
Aaron Nola started strong and held on to earn the win Thursday, allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings against the Braves.
Nola was staked to a seven-run lead and seemed as though he would have no problem holding it, relatively breezing through four scoreless innings, but the Braves hit him early and often in a three-run fifth inning. He managed to stop the bleeding, but it would be the end of the line for Nola, who is still searching for a former dominance. The win improved him to 6-9 with a 4.78 ERA through 20 starts, and he'll try to make it a winning streak when he faces the Giants on Wednesday.
Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.
He's taking the spot of Eduardo Nunez, who was just traded to the Giants for left-handed pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia. Polanco has put up decent numbers at Triple-A, hitting .276 with nine homers, six triples, 39 RBI and five steals in 75 games for Rochester. He spent a little time with the Twins earlier this year, batting .231 with one homer and four RBI over 13 games for the big club.
Matt Wisler was knocked around early in Thursday's loss to the Phillies, allowing seven runs -- six earned -- over five innings of work.
Wisler had barely blinked before the game was virtually over, as the Phillies had scored five runs by the game's eighth batter. He settled down somewhat, tossing three scoreless innings before they tacked on two more runs in the fifth, but the damage was done. Wisler fell to 4-11 with the loss, and his ERA climbed to 5.16. Of particular worry is the number of home runs he's given up -- Wisler has allowed nine in his last four starts and 22 overall. The right-hander will look for a better showing Wednesday against the Pirates.
Max Kepler went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to help the Twins best the Orioles 6-2 on Thursday.
Kepler pulled a solo homer over the right field wall in the sixth inning to tie the game, and he later had an RBI single and a run scored in the Twins' decisive four-run seventh inning. It has been a coming out party for the 23-year-old this year, as Kepler is hitting .243/.319/.508 with 38 RBI and 29 runs scored in 58 games.
Twins acquired LHP Adalberto Mejia from the Giants in exchange for SS Eduardo Nunez.
Mejia came in at No. 91 in Baseball America's latest prospect rankings. The 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic has pitched reasonably well this season, compiling a 2.81 ERA over 18 starts for Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento. He'll likely begin his Twins tenure with Triple-A Rochester but it's conceivable that he could work his way up to the majors before the end of 2016.