John Danks held the Yankees in check Saturday by allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings as the White Sox held on for an 8-2 victory.
Maybe the Yankees should have paced themselves. After scoring 13 runs on Friday, New York couldn't muster much of anything against Danks, managing only four walks and three hits. Danks tied a season-high with eight strikeouts in the win. The 30-year-old hasn't exactly been the model of consistency this season (6-8, 4.80 ERA) but he must be doing something right having not lost since June 22.
Raisel Iglesias turned in a solid performance against the Pirates on Saturday, allowing just two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Iglesias struck out five and walked two. He coughed up a solo home run to Jung Ho Kang in the fourth inning and an RBI single to Travis Ishikawa in the seventh, but otherwise kept the Pirates from damaging the scoreboard too badly. The owner of a bloated 5.13 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings, he'll try to build on this start when he takes to the road to face the Diamondbacks in his next start.
Gerrit Cole came away with a tough loss in Saturday's contest with the Reds, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings.
Cole didn't pitch poorly, but this was far from his sharpest start. He struck out eight and walked one in his relatively limited time on the mound. Solitary runs scored in the second, fourth and fifth innings before the young ace exited stage left. While he was unable to pick up win No. 15 in the outing, he still holds a fantastic 2.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 138/29 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings. He's been one of the best starters in the bigs this season and will face the Dodgers in his next start.
Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.
Rizzo launched his three-run homer off of Brewers starter Matt Garza in the third inning. It was his 20th of the year and pushed his RBI total to an even 60. After a prolonged power-drought that saw just one home run in 31 games, Rizzo's now homered in four straight games. He's hitting .290/.400/.531 over 373 at-bats this season.
Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
The double was Lind's 21st of the season. It was also the only extra-base hit that the 44-61 Brewers managed for the game. A long-time Blue Jay, Lind is hitting a cool .278/.356/.485 with 16 homers and 60 RBI in his first season playing for the Brew Crew.
Matt Wisler got lit up in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.
The Phils got to him for seven runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old watched his ERA rise from 3.43 to 4.44. Wisler hadn't lost a decision since June 25 against Washington. He'll look for better result when he toes the rubber Thursday against Miami.
Kyle Hendricks pitched well in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings.
With the win, Hendricks improved to 5-5 on the year. He struck out six and walked two, with only a Khris Davis RBI single in the fourth inning mucking up the potential shutout. Hendricks has been a dependable starter this season and holds a 3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 103/25 K/BB ratio across 122 2/3 innings. He's set to take on the Giants at Wrigley in his next scheduled start.
Matt Garza tossed a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Cubs, allowing three runs on four hits over six innings.
Garza's name was floated about in various rumors prior to the trade deadline, but the veteran right-hander remains a Brewer for the time being. He struck out five and walked four in Saturday's contest with the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo burned him for a three-run homer in the third inning, but Garza otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. His overall numbers are poor, as he holds a 5.17 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, but he'll toss up a respectably veteran outing from time to time. The Padres are up next on his schedule.