Sean Manaea blanked the Giants for 5 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.
Manaea gave up three of his six hits in the fourth, but they were all singles and none plated a run. It's the first time in 10 major league starts that he's gone without allowing a run, and it comes in his return from a pronator strain that put him on the DL for two weeks. He'll get the Twins next time out. That's a pretty good matchup, but Manaea remains too risky to play in mixed leagues.
Jake Peavy was tagged for seven runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings by the A's on Wednesday.
Peavy had gone six straight starts without a homer before giving up two tonight to two guys who had combined for two all year (Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso both had one apiece coming into the game). The Giants won't worry overly much about one bad outing on the heels of a nice month-plus, but this is why we still don't trust him in fantasy leagues.
Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in Wednesday's win over the Giants.
It's just the second homer of the year for Alonso, but he is hitting .325 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) in 83 at-bats this month. It's raised his season OPS from .552 to .640.
Junior Guerra was magnificent in a 7-0 Brewers win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, firing eight scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and two walks.
He struck out seven batters. Guerra improved his record to 5-1 and is now sitting on a 3.25 ERA. He has 60 strikeouts and 21 walks in 69 1/3 innings across 11 starts. The 31-year-old rookie has a challenging two-start week versus the Nationals and Cardinals coming up.
Brock Stewart struggled to the tune of five runs and eight hits across five innings to take a loss in his major league debut on Wednesday.
The big blow was a three-run home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the second inning. Stewart struck out seven batters and walked two in the outing. He had an excellent 99/14 K/BB ratio and 1.47 ERA in 86 minor league innings prior to his call-up. The 24-year-old former 6th round pick started this season in High-A ball and shot up to the majors very quickly.
Jonathan Villar rapped three hits in four at-bats, raising his batting average to an even .300 on the season.
Villar has come out of nowhere to generate significant fantasy value this year. Most of that value comes from his 26 stolen bases and high batting average. The steals have always been a strength and should stay that way. The batting average is going to fall. His .397 BABIP is unsustainable, so enjoy the high AVG while it lasts.
Ryan Braun hit a two run home run and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI on Wednesday.
His other hit was a two-run double. Despite battling some nagging injuries, Braun is having an excellent season. The home run was his 12th of the year to complement his .322 batting average.
Corey Seager doubled in a 1-for-4 game on Wednesday in Milwaukee on a night when the Dodgers could muster only two base hits.
Seager is now batting .296/.355/.531 on the season. Not bad fora 22-year-old, eh? He has 16 home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI to boot. Yasiel Puig got the only other Dodgers' hit before leaving with a minor leg injury.