Jonathan Papelbon was far from effective on Sunday, but still managed to secure his fourth save of the season despite allowing a ninth inning run to the Braves.
A solo home run by Alberto Callaspo inched the Braves to within 5-4, but Papelbon managed to shut the door in awkward fashion after that, inducing a Kelly Johnson flyball out with runners on first and second to secure his fourth save of the season. To be fair, the pitcher was home in bed with illness on Friday and it's very possible that he's still feeling the aftereffects of his ailment. He's saved four of the team's seven wins and now boasts a 1.23 ERA and 0.50 WHIP over 7 1/3 innings pitched. The Callaspo home run was the first run Papelbon has allowed this season.
Marlins prospect Justin Nicolino kept his scoreless streak going with six shutout frames Saturday in a start for Double-A New Orleans.
The left-hander hasn't allowed an earned run since April 9. Nicolino, who was acquired from the Blue Jays two years ago in the Jose Reyes trade, has won his last two starts after opening the year with consecutive no-decisions. The 23-year-old went against former Cy Young winner Barry Zito on Saturday. Nicolino is the Marlins' fourth-ranked prospect according to MLB.com.
Kyle Lobstein yielded three earned runs over seven innings but the Tigers topped the Indians on Sunday.
Lobstein gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out four Cleveland batters in the solid outing. He's done a nice job of eating innings for the Tigers with Justin Verlander (triceps) on the shelf, boasting a 2-1 record and 3.50 ERA through 18 innings (three starts). A road date with the Royals is next.
Marlins sent LHP Grant Dayton outright to Triple-A New Orleans.
Dayton was designated for assignment on Friday but passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll continue to provide organizational bullpen depth for the Fish and could get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the 2015 campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.