Hernan Perez went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Brewers to a 5-3 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Perez, getting a rare start in the third spot in the lineup with Ryan Braun sidelined, took Pirates starter Jameson Taillon deep for a two-run shot in the first inning to set the tone. He tacked on an RBI single in the seventh inning to extend the Brewers' lead. After years of relative obscurity, the 25-year-old is trying to make a name for himself in 2016, batting .283/.308/.444 with seven homers and 16 steals in 66 games.
The Indians and Brewers have reached an agreement on a trade that will send Jonathan Lucroy to Cleveland, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Gregory Polanco hit his 14th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
The home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning, came off lefty reliever Will Smith, his third homer of the year against a southpaw. Polanco hit some rough patches in June and July, but he's shown signs of a resurgence in recent games. After Saturday's game, the 24-year-old is hitting .287/.360/.499 on the year.
Martin Perez limited the Royals to one run on four hits in seven innings and took a no-decison in the Rangers' 2-1 walk-off win on Saturday.
He struck out five batters while walking three. Perez has been walking a tightrope this year. He has a very poor 63/55 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings but has managed a decent 4.22 ERA anyway. The lack of strikeouts makes him an unattractive fantasy option.
Jonathan Villar went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored Saturday against the Pirates.
Villar continues to lead the league in thefts, as Saturday's was his 38th stolen base of the year. He also has 54 runs scored atop the Brewers lineup, with eight homers and 38 RBI to boot. They've certainly found something in the 25-year-old, who's hitting .298/.379/.438 overall.
Jameson Taillon allowed two runs over six innings, striking out six, in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
Taillon gave up six hits without issuing a free pass, but he was outdueled by Brewers starter Chase Anderson. Even so, it was Taillon's fourth straight quality start and his sixth in eight outings this year. He owns a 3.52 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 37/5 K/BB ratio in those eight starts. The young right-hander will hope for a better fate Friday against the Reds.
Chase Anderson struck out seven while allowing only an unearned run over five innings in Saturday's win over the Pirates.
Anderson came out of the gate strong, striking out the side in the first inning and finishing with his best strikeout total of the season. On the downside, he needed 95 pitches to get through those five innings, depriving him of a quality start. The win was good enough, though, improving him to 6-10 with a 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through 20 starts. He'll try to make it three in a row Friday at the Diamondbacks.
Ian Kennedy gave up only one run and struck out six batters in seven strong innings on Saturday, but had to settle for a no-decision against the Rangers.
He allowed six hits and no walks in the stellar outing. Kennedy has struck out 123 batters in 121 1/3 innings this season, which is excellent. But he has already allowed 26 home runs, which is why his record is 6-9 with a 4.23 ERA.