Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in a perfect ninth inning for his 19th save in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
The Cubs were no match for Chapman's stuff, as he made quick work of Junior Lake, Justin Ruggiano, and Mike Olt. Chapman is 19-for-21 in save opportunities with a 2.36 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and a 52/9 K/BB ratio.
Anthony Rizzo provided his club's only offense, lacing a solo home run in the third inning in Wednesday's loss against the Reds.
Rizzo also singled and walked. His solo shot off of Alfredo Simon, which tied the game at 1-1, was his 20th of the season and his 49th RBI. The first baseman is also slashing .280/.387/.512. Rizzo is one of five National League finalists in the All-Star Game final vote.
Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game against the Cubs with a tight left hamstring.
Hamilton was seen grabbing his hamstring during his last at-bat, and he was double-switched out by manager Bryan Price in the eighth inning. The Reds should provide more information on the severity of the injury after the game.
Billy Hamilton drew a walk and hit an RBI triple in four plate appearances as the Reds went home winners against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Hamilton tripled with two outs in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. He would later score on a Brandon Phillips single in what turned out to be a three-run inning. Hamilton was also caught stealing, pushing his league-leading total up to 13 along with 37 successful attempts. The 23-year-old speedster is slashing .281/.315/.423.
Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game against the Cubs with a sprained left thumb.
The injury initially appeared to be to his wrist, but the Reds clarified shortly after. Phillips hurt the thumb diving for a ball in the eighth inning. X-rays on the thumb came back negative, a good sign, but there's still no indication of how much time he might miss with the injury. We likely won't see him until after the All-Star break regardless.
Collin McHugh (finger) will be re-evaluated after he throws a bullpen session on Thursday.
McHugh was expected to throw on Wednesday, but he played catch in the outfield instead. The catch session went off without a hitch, but the real test will be Thursday. "It's kind of unpredictable," McHugh said. "I could see them going either way with it for the next start." If McHugh can't go Saturday, the Astros will likely rearrange their rotation to have Jarred Cosart make the start instead.
Jenrry Mejia escaped danger in the ninth inning to pick up his ninth save of the season as the Mets earned a 4-1 victory over the Braves on Wednesday.
Mejia gave up back-to-back one-out singles, giving the Braves at least two at-bats with the tying run at the plate. Mejia, however, was able to get Chris Johnson to foul out and Tommy La Stella to strike out to end the game. The 24-year-old right-hander is now 9-for-11 in save chances with a 3.98 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and a 64/31 K/BB ratio.
Travis d'Arnaud belted a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats, as the Mets defeated the Braves on Wednesday.
d'Arnaud has been performing better since returning from a two-week demotion to Triple-A. His seventh-inning two-run home run, his third in 13 games since returning and sixth of the season, off of Ervin Santana padded his team's lead to 4-1. The catcher is slashing .213/.289/.354 with 19 RBI on the season.