Colby Lewis pitched eight innings of one-run ball to defeat the Astros on Wednesday.
Lewis has been one of the Rangers' few pleasant surprises this far, going 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.08 ERA. Somehow, he's allowed just three homers in 38 innings. Last year, he gave up 25 in 170 1/3. The homers will come, so Lewis still shouldn't be picked up in mixed leagues.
Samuel Deduno was left in to give up 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings versus the Rangers on Wednesday.
Well, that's not very nice. The Astros were short-handed in the pen tonight and thus left him in to take the beating that raised his ERA from 2.70 to 7.00. Deduno was making his second straight start, but he'll probably return to the pen next time through.
Joe Wieland, making his 2015 debut, was hit hard early by the Brewers in a loss Wednesday as he gave up six runs over 4 2/3 innings.
The Brewers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning, helped by a pair of two-run home runs from Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind. To his credit, Wieland settled down from there. Overall, he gave up six hits and four walks while striking out two. The Dodgers are in need of starting pitching help with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy sidelined, but they may look elsewhere after Wieland's shellacking. If he's allowed to make his next scheduled start, it will come at home against the Marlins.
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss versus the Brewers.
Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick, batting in front of Gonzalez, were each held hitless, so he had no runners to drive in. The three hitters behind him combined to go 2-for-12 so they couldn't bring him home any of the three times he reached base. As much as Gonzalez tried, he couldn't do it himself. The slugger has an outstanding .370/.442/.740 batting line with nine home runs and 22 RBI this season.
Chris Carter hit his fourth homer in the ninth inning of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Rangers.
Carter has just two hits this month, but at least both have left the yard. He's batting .152 with four homers. If there's a silver lining, he was hitting .170 with four homers on this date a year ago.
Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Wednesday's win against the Dodgers.
Lind hit the second of two first-inning two-run home runs as part of a five-run outburst against Joe Wieland. The first baseman has been a rare source of consistent offense for the Brewers, now with five home runs, 15 RBI, and a .323/.396/.591 triple-slash line.
Joc Pederson belted a pair of solo home runs, but the Dodgers nevertheless lost to the Brewers on Wednesday.
The Dodgers were behind 5-0 after the first inning, so it was a matter of playing catch-up from there. Pederson did his best, homering in the fifth to make it 5-2, then homering again in the eighth to make it 6-3. The rookie has been on a power surge, hitting seven home runs in his last nine games, bringing his total up to nine on the season with 18 RBI and a .272/.423/.667 triple-slash line.
Evan Longoria hit a pair of solo homers and walked twice to lead the Rays to a 5-3 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.
The homers were his first and second since Opening Day. It's not like Longoria has been bad -- he's hitting .284 and he has nine doubles already -- but even after tonight, he has just eight RBI in 28 games. It's a combination of him not hitting with RISP and the Rays not putting guys on base for him. He's 2-for-18 with RISP this season.