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Going Gomez
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news and notes from around the league including our surprising saves leader.
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Hector Rondon tallied his eighth save of 2016 as the Cubs beat the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Stephen Piscotty and Matt Adams opened the bottom of the ninth inning with back-to-back singles, but Rondon rallied to strike out both Yadier Molina (after Molina showed bunt) and the hot-hitting Randal Grichuk. Jedd Gyorko grounded back to the mound for the final out. Rondon has a 1.58 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2015 season and he is 10-for-10 lifetime in save opportunities against St. Louis.
May 25 - 5:50 PM

Kris Bryant finished 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Cubs topped the Cardinals 9-8 on Wednesday.

Bryant singled and scored in the Cubs' six-run second inning and cracked a long three-run homer off Seung Hwan Oh in the top of the sixth. The star third baseman has an .870 OPS with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 44 games this season for the Cubs, who now hold an eight-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central. Bryant has done nothing but rake since he arrived in the majors last April.
May 25 - 5:46 PM

Tyler Skaggs (elbow, biceps) threw a third bullpen session on Wednesday.

Skaggs will pitch in a simulated game on Saturday and could begin a rehab assignment shortly after. In a text, he told MLB.com that his arm "feels great, with no restrictions." The 24-year-old left-hander underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in July of 2014. A bought of biceps tendinitis sidelined him from rehab work at the beginning of May.
Source: MLB.com
May 25 - 5:41 PM

Carlos Martinez was pounded for six runs in the second inning as the Cardinals fell to the Cubs on Wednesday.

Martinez looked pretty sharp in the top of the first, but it all fell apart for him in the top of the second as the Cubs rattled off six runs on six hits and two walks. The young Cardinals right-hander has struggled now in three straight outings -- since he began experiencing flu like-symptoms in early May. It's not quite panic time yet, but we're getting there. He has a pedestrian 4.25 ERA in nine starts overall.
May 25 - 5:40 PM

Jake Arrieta allowed four earned runs over five innings but got a win Wednesday in St. Louis.

Arrieta gave up a first-inning run for the first time in 12 months, but the Chicago offense backed him with a six-run outburst in the second. It was a rare off game for the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, who watched his ERA rise from 1.29 to 1.72. He'll try to get back on track next week against the Dodgers.
May 25 - 5:33 PM

Melky Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

With the White Sox trailing 4-1 in the eighth inning, Cabrera made matters slightly more interesting with his two-run home run off reliever Bryan Shaw. Alas, no more runs were to cross the plate and Cabrera's squad fell by a score of 4-3. The veteran outfielder is slashing .294/.362/.417 with nine doubles, three homers and 20 RBI over 180 at-bats.
May 25 - 5:33 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said that Giancarlo Stanton is dealing with "a little soreness" on his right side.

Stanton is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays. It is not known if this current bout of soreness is related to a mid-May outfield collision with teammate Marcell Ozuna. Unless further word surfaces, the slugger should be considered day-to-day moving forward.
May 25 - 5:29 PM

Corey Kluber was fantastic in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the White Sox, firing 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball while striking out nine.

Only one of the two runs on Kluber's line was earned. The nine strikeouts stand as his second-best effort of 2016. After struggling for much of April, the ace right-hander has worked his ERA down to 3.78. He also holds a 1.11 WHIP and 67/16 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings. He will look to continue to round into form in a home start against the Rangers next time he takes the ball.
May 25 - 5:21 PM
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