Brandon Belt hit his 11th and 12th homers of the year Saturday as the Giants beat the Rangers 9-7 in 11 innings.
Hunter Pence had the go-ahead homer in the 11th before Belt hit his second of the game to provide an insurance run. Remarkably, both homers tonight were off lefties (Brandon Belt and Sam Freeman). He had been homerless in 66 at-bats versus southpaws this year.
Chris Heston surrendered three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Rangers.
Heston had his worst start in months, but his five-game winning streak remained intact thanks to ample run support. It's just the third time this season that he's failed to make it through five innings.
Hunter Strickland pitched two perfect innings Saturday to pick up a win in relief against the Rangers.
Incredibly enough, Strickland still hasn't given up a homer in 35 career regular-season innings. He gave up a whopping six in 8 1/3 innings in the postseason last year. He's back looking like a future closer now, and he might pick up the odd save down the stretch if Santiago Casilla battles more physical problems.
Cole Hamels surrendered five runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Giants in his debut for the Rangers on Saturday.
Hamels, coming off his no-hitter against the Cubs, retired his first six tonight before Brandon Belt homered to start the third. The Giants totaled three runs then, but Hamels kept them scoreless into the seventh afterwards. Despite giving up a Buster Posey homer in that frame, he came back out for the eighth. He retired the first two batters he faced, only to get pulled after a Joe Panik double. The Rangers still led 7-4 at that point, but Panik scored off Tanner Scheppers, as did two others, and Hamels lost his chance at a win. Hamels threw just 97 pitches, so there was little reason not to use him in the eighth. If only he had been left in to attack Matt Duffy after the Panik double, he might have gotten his win after all.
Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double against the Rangers on Saturday.
Posey never had a homer as a DH coming into 2015, but now he has two in three starts there. He's hitting .328 with 15 homers overall, and he's struck out just 33 times in 351 at-bats.
Making his A's debut, Aaron Brooks held the Indians to one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings in a victory Saturday.
Pitching for the Royals, Brooks gave up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first big league start on May 31. He allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings in his second start this June 21 against the Red Sox. This was his third start. If keeps improving at this rate, he'll allow -4 runs in 13 innings next time out. Still, we're a bit skeptical. He's a risky pickup in AL-only leagues.
Cody Anderson yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the A's.
It was better than his previous two starts, but still a far cry from his first four. If Anderson isn't better next time out, his rotation spot could come up for grabs.
Marcus Semien homered, walked and scored twice against the Indians on Saturday.
Semien has more errors (29) than RBI (23) or walks (25) this year, yet he still has an OPS (.670) right at the league average for shortstops. It's about as weird of a bad season as one could dream up.