Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-5 with a double in his first game back in Philadelphia, a Dodger loss to the Phillies.
Rollins went 5-for-15 with two doubles, a home run, and five RBI when the Phillies visited for four games at Chavez Ravine last month. In his first game back in Philadelphia since he was traded to the Dodgers during the winter, Rollins struck out in his first at-bat leading off the game, then doubled in the third inning and singled in the fifth. The veteran hasn't been the offensive force he was last year, batting a meager .219/.273/.362 with 11 home runs, 33 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 15 attempts.
Maikel Franco hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, helping the Phillies fend off the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Franco, who finished 1-for-4, made the Dodgers pay for some erratic pitching in the seventh when he ripped a Joel Peralta pitch into the stands in left field for a tie-breaking grand slam, putting the Phillies up 5-1. Franco is on a six-game hitting streak, batting .282/.339/.491 overall with 12 home runs and 44 RBI. If he can keep it up, he'll be in the conversation for the NL Rookie of the Year Award at the end of the season.
Jake Peavy struck out eight while allowing one run over six innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday.
Peavy was obviously in the zone -- his eight strikeouts were the most in a game since September 11 of last season. He gave up just five hits and a walk before exiting. Peavy didn't factor in the decision despite his strong start, leaving his record at 2-4 on the year. The right-hander will carry a 3.77 ERA and 1.19 WHIP into Sunday's matchup with the Cubs.
Jonathan Papelbon escaped by the skin of his teeth with his 19th save in Tuesday's 5-4 win against the Diamondbacks.
Papelbon allowed a leadoff single to Jake Lamb, who advanced to second base on a deep Jarrod Saltalamacchia fly out. Welington Castillo ground out, pushing Lamb to third base. Lamb crossed home when Yunel Escobar threw the ball away on a grounder that would have ended the game. Papelbon bounced back to get Cliff Pennington on a 1-3 ground out. The run was unearned. He's gotten the save in both opportunities since joining the Nationals, giving him 19 on the year with a 1.69 ERA.
Patrick Corbin threw 54 pitches, but recorded only four outs and allowed three runs in a loss to the Nationals on Tuesday.
The first inning was a disaster for the lefty. Yunel Escobar led off with a home run, then the Nationals got three more consecutive hits to plate another run. Jayson Werth brought in run number three with a ground out. He left with one out in the second inning after walking Bryce Harper to put runners on first and second. Corbin has otherwise been solid in six starts, carrying a 3.99 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 30/7 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings. He'll aim to rebound versus the Reds at home.
Jon Niese held the Marlins to one run over seven innings in the Mets' 5-1 win on Tuesday.
Niese gave up a run in the third inning but otherwise kept the Marlins in check. The southpaw allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out six. The strong start was his third such in his last four starts, but he's just 6-9 on the year. Niese will take a 3.51 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into Monday's start against the Rockies.
Max Scherzer gave up three runs in six innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
All three runs scored in the fourth inning when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an RBI single and Chris Owings hit a two-run double. They were two of four hits Scherzer allowed along with three walks and nine strikeouts. The right-hander now has a 2.31 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 181/22 K/BB ratio over 156 innings. He'll face the Rockies at home next.
Yunel Escobar went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run as the Nationals eked out a win against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Escobar led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo blast against Patrick Corbin. It's his second homer in his last three games and he's now on a five-game hitting streak. The veteran is having his best season since at least 2011, currently hitting .315/.362/.425 with seven home runs and 33 RBI.