Nick Markakis delivered a go-ahead two-run single in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Marlins.
Markakis went 2-for-4 with a walk on the night. The score was knotted at 2-2 before he came up to the plate with the bases loaded against David Phelps with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and hit a liner which deflected off Martin Prado’s glove and brought home two runs. The play was originally ruled as an error, but Markakis was later credited with a hit and two RBI. The veteran outfielder came into Friday’s action with just one hit in his last 24 at-bats, so he really needed a night like this one.
Arodys Vizcaino recorded his sixth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Marlins on Friday.
Vizcaino threw 16 pitches in the frame and notched one strikeout. He hasn’t received many save opportunities on an awful Braves team, but the 25-year-old has been fantastic this season. He owns a dominant 1.31 ERA and 30/7 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings.
Williams Perez yielded two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Marlins.
Perez had a rough third inning, but otherwise held the Marlins’ offense in check. However, the Braves didn’t pull ahead until the eighth. Perez struck out three and walked one and has lowered his ERA from 4.78 to 3.72 over his last two outings. Still, he’s not a good source of strikeouts and doesn’t come recommended in most fantasy formats.
Adam Conley gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Braves.
Conley gave up two runs on four straight hits in the fifth inning before getting pulled. He allowed eight hits on the night and tied a club record by hitting three batters. The southpaw has seen his ERA increase from 3.06 to 4.15 ERA over his last four starts and hasn’t gone more than six innings since his no-hit bid back April 29. It’s getting tough to trust him in mixed fantasy leagues.
Ichiro Suzuki doubled in Friday’s loss to the Braves.
Suzuki is now up to 2,961 hits in MLB. The 42-year-old has turned back the clock so far this season by batting .351 over 37 games, so he has made some serious progress over the first two months. Barring injury, he has a good chance to make it to 3,000 this year.
Mike Wright struggled in a no-decision against the Indians on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits and a pair of walks over 4 2/3 innings.
Wright struck out four on the evening. The O's offense staked him to an early 3-0 lead, but he let the Indians chip away with single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to even things up. He'll look to improve upon a disappointing 5.05 ERA and 1.40 WHIP when he does battle against the hot-hitting Red Sox on Wednesday.
Marcell Ozuna stayed hot Friday against the Braves by going 3-for-4 with an RBI double.
Ozuna has now reached base safely in 34 consecutive games. The 25-year-old has hit safely in nine straight games, including six straight multi-hit games. He’s batting .343/.387/.591 overall. It appears that the breakout is upon us.
Mike Napoli clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Indians past the visiting Orioles.
Napoli tagged O's starter Mike Wright with a solo shot in the fourth inning, pulling the Tribe to within a run at 3-2. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .232/.304/.463 with nine long balls and 31 RBI on the season.