Jeremy Jeffress pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Nationals on Saturday to earn his 21st save.
Jeffress gave up a hit but no further damage, securing his 21st save in 22 chances this year. The 28-year-old potential trade candidate now owns a 2.67 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 26/8 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings on the season.
Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored Saturday against the Nationals.
Villar's breakout season continues, with Saturday's three-hit game counting as his fifth in his last 10 contests. He also leads the league with his 26 stolen bases. The 25-year-old is batting .299/.380/.429 overall.
Gio Gonzalez allowed six runs over three innings in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
Gio has now lost six straight decisions, and the Nats are 0-7 in his past seven outings. And Saturday was arguably his worst start of those seven, as he gave up six hits, including a home run, while walking one and striking out five. Something is clearly off about the 30-year-old, as he's now got a 4.73 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 15 starts overall. Gonzalez will try to stop the slide Thursday against the Reds.
Padres manager Andy Green said he'll consider using a six-man starting rotation when Andrew Cashner returns from a neck injury.
Cashner is expected to join the rotation after making a rehab start for High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. With only a couple weeks until the All-Star break, the Padres can roll with six starters and reset their rotation after the break. It might not be a bad idea to give San Diego's inexperienced starters some extra rest. Drew Pomeranz has never thrown more than 96 2/3 innings in a season while Christian Friedrich and Colin Rea haven't topped 100 frames since 2014.
Matt Garza gave up four runs over six innings in a win over the Nationals on Saturday.
It wasn't a great, or even very good, start for the right-hander -- he gave up seven hits and walked three on the afternoon -- but it was enough to get him his first win of the season. Garza has been left for dead in recent years, but he has a respectable 2.81 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list on June 15. The 32-year-old will take on the Cardinals on Friday.
Henderson Alvarez received a platelet rich plasma injection in his right shoulder last week.
He won't be able to throw for at least three more weeks. The good news is that Alvarez's MRI revealed no structural damage so it doesn't look like he'll need surgery. Regardless, we won't be seeing Alvarez in a big league game anytime soon.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has removed Trevor Rosenthal from the closer role.
It's jarring to see one of the best closers in baseball demoted to a setup role but Matheny is making the right move. Rosenthal has unraveled this month, pitching to a nightmarish 14.14 ERA over his last 10 outings. Friday's meltdown against Seattle was the nail in the coffin. Matheny says the Cardinals will go with a closer by committee with Seung Hwan Oh, Jonathan Broxton and Kevin Siegrist all getting save chances. All three are worth speculative adds. Rosenthal is too good to be banished from the ninth inning permanently, but it may take some time for him to win back Matheny's trust.
Justin Bour homered in his third straight game, racking up three RBI, as the Marlins outlasted the Cubs 9-6 on Saturday.
Bour is as hot as the day is long, as he's now got four homers in his last six games and is hitting .339 with five homers, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored in the month of June. His home run Saturday was a two-run job, and he also added an RBI double. Bour has 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 27 runs scored with a .273/.342/.535 line on the year.