Tyler Duffey was obliterated on Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Braves.
Duffey walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. Just when Twins fans thought it couldn't get any worse after Duffey surrendered six runs over 2 1/3 innings his last time out, he was even worse against a struggling Braves offense on Wednesday. This could be the straw that forces him out of the Twins rotation before he has a chance to take on the Indians in Cleveland on Monday.
Adam Wainwright was touched up for four runs in 6 2/3 innings but escaped with a no-decision as the Cardinals came back to beat the Mets 5-4 on Wednesday.
He was sailing along like an ace until the seventh inning, when he gave up three runs, including two on a Yoenis Cespedes home run. He allowed 11 hits and one walk and fanned four. It was his first (and last) bad start of the month. Wainwright has really turned things around since his awful slump early in the season. His record holds at 9-5 with a 4.16 ERA. Due to two Cardinals off days he won't start again until Wednesday of next week in Cincinnati.
Hunter Pence (hamstring) hit the third homer of his rehab assignment in Wednesday's game with Triple-Sacramento.
Pence has been on the shelf since undergoing surgery to repair his right hamstring in early June. While he has suffered several setbacks while recovering from that surgery, the veteran outfielder is finally starting to put it together during his rehab assignment. CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic writes that the Giants are "[leaving the] door open for [an] early return." A reunion with the Giants this weekend is not out of the question.
Logan Verrett was quality in a no-decision versus the Cardinals on Wednesday, giving up three runs in seven innings with seven strikeouts.
The strikeouts were nice to see from a guy with only 51 whiffs in 74 1/3 innings. Verrett has been pressed into starting duty since Matt Harvey went on the disabled list and now has a 4.12 ERA with three wins against six losses. Today's effort should help him solidify a slot in the Mets' rotation.
Yasmany Tomas had a monster day at the dish on Wednesday, blasting a pair of home runs and plating five as the Diamondbacks routed the Brewers 8-1 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Tomas capped off a five-run uprising off of Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson in the first inning with a three-run shot. He inflicted more damage in the fifth inning, with a two-run homer to chase Nelson from the ballgame. Tomas finished the night 2-for-5, raising his season slash to .262/.305/.477 to go with 17 homers and 42 RBI in what has been a breakout season offensively.
Archie Bradley struck out six over seven innings of one-run ball, defeating the Brewers to earn his fifth victory of the season on Wednesday.
The young right-hander struck out six, walked three and scattered four hits on the night. The only damage against him came on a sacrifice fly by Hernan Perez in his final inning of work. He'll look to carry the momentum over from this fine outing when he takes on the Nationals at home on Monday.
Seung Hwan Oh struck out one batter in a spotless ninth inning to earn his sixth save on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old rookie has been rock solid all season. He has fanned 69 batters with 14 walks and only 30 hits in 52 1/3 innings. He is now the Cardinals' closer and seems unlikely to relinquish that role anytime soon.
Hernan Perez went 1-for-2 and drove home the Brewers' lone run in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
Perez brought home Jonathan Lucroy with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, pulling the Brewers to within seven runs at 8-1. He has been a pleasant surprise in the Brewers lineup this season, slashing .274/.301/.411 with five homers, 28 RBI and 14 stolen bases.