Aaron Sanchez logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over his 6 2/3 innings of work.
The right-hander punched out six on the night while walking two. Sanchez departed in line for his fifth victory of the season, but the Jays bullpen was unable to hold on for him. He has been impressive through his first 10 starts, compiling a 3.29 ERA (3.25 xFIP), 1.20 WHIP and 58/23 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when he'll take on the Yankees at home.
Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night in Toronto.
Vazquez came through with a two-run single in the seventh inning which cut the Jays lead to 5-4. He has had a rough go of it at the plate this season, slashing a mere .223/.263/.330 with one homer and eight RBI.
Joe Kelly racked up eight strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Friday, but also surrendered five runs on nine hits and three walks.
Kelly was brilliant in his first start back from the disabled list on Saturday, but was much more hittable this time out. Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak each blasted solo home runs against him in the ballgame. Kelly will carry a frightening 6.30 ERA and 2.00 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Orioles in Baltimore.
Erick Aybar is listed as day-to-day after leaving Friday's game against the Marlins with a foot contusion.
Aybar was pulled after getting hit on the foot by a pitch from Adam Conley in the fourth inning. He may sit out on Saturday as a precaution, but expect him to return to the field before the weekend is through.
Matt Cain was forced to leave Friday's start against the Rockies in the second inning due to an apparent injury.
It's unclear at the moment exactly what happened, but Cain shook his head and looked toward the dugout after throwing a pitch in the second inning. Given his history of arm troubles, it could be something serious which would be a tough blow for the veteran right-hander and for the Giants after Cain had finally put together three straight quality starts. The Giants should have an update on his status shortly.
Jaime Garcia yielded two runs over seven innings in Friday’s victory over the Nationals.
It was an encouraging showing after back-to-back shaky outings. Garcia allowed seven hits (including a solo homer by Danny Espinosa) and walked just one batter while notching four strikeouts. He evened up his record at 4-4 with the victory and holds a 3.47 ERA and 55/21 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings over 10 starts. The southpaw will try to keep it going next week against the Brewers.
Max Scherzer took the loss Friday against the Nationals after giving up five runs over seven innings.
It was a strange outing. Scherzer gave up just three hits, but one of them was a grand slam by Stephen Piscotty in the third inning. He also walked in a run (one of four on the night) before the grand slam. Scherzer retired 14 batters in a row after the grand slam and finished with six strikeouts. Still, issues with the long ball are hurting him. He leads the majors with 15 home runs allowed and owns a 4.05 ERA through 11 starts overall. He’ll look for improvement against the Phillies next week.
Stephen Piscotty launched a grand slam in a 6-2 win over the Nationals on Friday.
Max Scherzer walked Matt Holliday with the bases loaded to force in a run before Piscotty delivered the big blow of the game. It was the first grand slam of his career. The 25-year-old has built off an impressive rookie season by batting .324/.395/.505 with six homers and 30 RBI over 48 games.