Week That Was: So Long Joe

Week That Was: So Long Joe
We recap the week's biggest baseball news, including Nathan's injury, Hamilton's impending trade and brawl suspensions.
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Carlos Carrasco was hammered for five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Sunday as the Indians fell to the Tigers.

Carrasco had to be pulled from his last start after just 60 pitches due to general body tightness and he looked off from the jump on Sunday afternoon in Detroit, yielding two runs in the first inning, one run in the third inning, and two more in the fifth. Carrasco was struck in the face by a Melky Cabrera comebacker two weeks ago. Maybe he's dealing with some lingering effects, both mental and physical. The right-hander faces the Blue Jays at home next.
Apr 26 - 4:23 PM

Jerome Williams allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings during Sunday's win over the Braves.

Williams walked two and struck out two in the contest. The Braves did all of their damage early, with a pair of runs scoring in the first inning via a two-run single by Jace Peterson and another running coming in during the third when Kelly Johnson hit a shallow double to score Freddie Freeman. Williams has been solid for the Phillies thus far, posting a 3.80 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings. Considering he was out of baseball completely from 2007-2011, it's remarkable that the 33-year-old appears to have found new legs. Williams will square off with the Marlins in a road start when he next takes the mound.
Apr 26 - 4:21 PM

Twins prospect Byron Buxton drove in a season-high four runs Saturday for Double-A Chattanooga.

Buxton had just three RBI all season prior to Saturday. He's still getting the hang of Double-A, though his raw talent is definitely evident. In 14 games for Chattanooga, the 21-year-old has hit .200 with 15 strikeouts in 55 at-bats. Four of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 26 - 4:20 PM

Trevor Cahill allowed three runs in the first inning on his way to a four-run, six-inning outing against the Phillies in Sunday's loss.

Cahill struck out two and walked three while scattering five hits over six innings. The Braves handed Cahill a 2-0 lead in the first inning, which was immediately squandered when he served up a a three-run home run to Ryan Howard. While the 27-year-old right-hander allowed just one run in his remaining five innings in the game, he still fell to 0-3 on the season. Cahill now owns an 8.03 ERA and 1.78 WHIP through three starts. Given his 5.61 ERA over 110 1/3 innings last season, it's hard to see much positive here. He'll try to right the ship against the Reds during an upcoming homestand.
Apr 26 - 4:19 PM

Jake Arrieta held the Reds to two runs over six innings Sunday in the Cubs' 5-2 win.

Arrieta had a perfect game until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Todd Frazier slugged a two-out solo homer to left field. Arrieta allowed only one more run the rest of the way -- on a Billy Hamilton fielder's choice in the bottom of the fifth inning -- moving to 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 25/7 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 total frames. He gets the Brewers at home next time out.
Apr 26 - 4:16 PM

Chris Archer kept rolling along Sunday, yielding just two hits and one walk while striking out seven across seven shutout frames in a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Archer allowed two of the first four hitters he faced to reach base and then just one got on the rest of the way. The young right-hander is on some kind of streak, as he hasn't allowed an earned run in his last four outings after a so-so Opening Day start. He already has three starts this season where he's given up two hits or fewer and no runs across seven innings. Archer will take on the Orioles in Baltimore next weekend.
Apr 26 - 4:12 PM

Anthony DeSclafani allowed five runs -- one earned -- over five innings Sunday in the Reds' loss to the Cubs.

DeSclafani was victimized by fielding errors from Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips in taking his first loss of the 2015 season. Because four of the Cubs' runs were unearned, DeSclafani still boasts a shiny 1.04 ERA in 26 innings to go along with a 0.77 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio. He'll hope for some better defense next Friday in Atlanta.
Apr 26 - 4:10 PM

Rajai Davis was removed from Sunday's game against the Indians due to tightness in his right groin.

Davis pulled up while running to first base on a single in the ninth inning. He appears to have avoided anything significant though and is considered day-to-day.
Apr 26 - 4:10 PM
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