Anthony Rendon went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in Friday’s loss to the Brewers.
It looked like Rendon was finally getting on track earlier this month, but he’s hitting just .170 (9-for-53) with 20 strikeouts over his last 15 games. His batting line sits at a disappointing .248/.330/.393 for the year.
Billy Hamilton netted two hits, a run, a walk and his 17th stolen base of the season on Friday.
One of the hits was a triple. After a brutally bad season at the plate last year, Hamilton has made modest strides this year. He will never help his fantasy owners in the home run or RBI categories, but his ability to steal bases by the dozen could make him a fantasy star if he could just score some runs and hit for a decent batting average. He hit .226 last year and has improved to .261 this year.
Kyle Hendricks took a no-decision despite giving up only one base hit against the Marlins on Friday, allowing four runs (none earned) in five innings with five strikeouts and four walks.
The only hit Hendricks allowed was a grand slam by Justin Bour in the first inning, but those runs were all unearned due to an error by Addison Russell. Hendricks uncharacteristically struggled with his control, walking four and burning 105 pitches in only five innings. Hendricks will take his 2.76 ERA and 1.02 WHIP into his next start on Wednesday in Cincinnati.
The Astros announced that A.J. Reed will be called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.
The move was reported earlier in the evening on Friday and now the Astros have confirmed it, as Tony Kemp was sent down to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the active roster. Reed figures to see most of his at-bats at first base, but Julia Morales of ROOT Sports hears that he'll serve as the designated hitter in his major league debut on Saturday.
Tom Koehler allowed two home runs in the first inning but survived to pitch six frames while allowing four runs in a no-decision versus the Cubs on Friday.
He gave up seven hits and two walks while fanning six. He came into the game having allowed only four longballs thus far this year. Koehler now has a 4.07 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 46 walks in 84 innings.
Astros optioned INF/OF Tony Kemp to Triple-A Fresno.
A.J. Reed will take his place on the roster when he is officially called up on Saturday. Kemp batted .238/.340/.357 in 22 games during his first stint in the majors and figures to get another chance later this summer.
Hector Rondon pitched the last four outs of the game to earn his 13th save of the season on Friday.
Rondon has been fantastic this season. He has a 1.48 ERA with 34 strikeouts and only 3 walks in 25 2/3 innings as the closer for the best team in baseball. The reason he has only 13 saves for a 48-win team is because the Cubs usually win by more than three runs, denying Rondon an official save opportunity in those games.
Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.
Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers.