Tyler Anderson turned in a quality start at Coors Field, yielding three runs in six innings to help the Rockies beat the Braves 8-4 on Saturday.
The rookie continues to impress. He struck out six batters, walked one and gave up eight base hits, none of which left the yard. It was his seventh start since being called up, and five of them have come at Coors Field. He is 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA. He has a 41/10 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. Perhaps most impressively, he has given up only four home runs, and two of those came on the road.
Matt Wisler took a beating at Coors Field on Saturday, giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings and earning his 10th loss of the season.
Good things rarely happen for pitchers in Denver and today was no exception. Wisler allowed seven baserunners and six of them scored. He gave up five hits and two walks while fanning three. The bad game lowers his record to 4-10 with a 4.92 ERA. As a mediocre pitcher on a team that rarely gives him much run support, Wisler is only an option for desperate fantasy owners. On the other hand, he is only 23 years old and is holding his own in the major leagues already, so maybe he will be a good fantasy pitcher in a few years.
Miguel Sano went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI as the Twins outlasted the Red Sox 11-9 on Saturday.
Sano had three of the team's 19 hits, including his solo home run in the eighth inning. The dinger was his 15th of the season and his fourth in the month of July. It has been a good month all around for the 23-year-old, who is hitting .251/.349/.474 in his first full season in the bigs.
David Ortiz finished 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Ortiz got his runs batted in by way of a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk, proving that he does more than just mash baseballs out of the park. He does plenty of that, too -- he's got 24 home runs, and his 81 RBI are second-most in the AL. We'll continue to sing the praises of Ortiz, who is now hitting .332/.423/.671, until his final game in a Red Sox uniform, it appears.
Eddie Rosario went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.
All four of Rosario's hits were singles, but that's about all the fault you can find with his night Saturday. The 24-year-old has been a breath of fresh air since being recalled on July 2, batting .396 (21-for-53) with two homers, seven RBI and 11 runs scored. With the Twins going nowhere, it would behoove them to continue to find Rosario at-bats with the hope that this could finally be the breakout that has been promised for years.
Trevor Story stuffed the box score on Saturday, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.
He hit a two-run homer in the second inning, then added a solo shot in the eighth. The rookie now has 26 longballs on the season, which is a lot more than he ever hit in a minor league season. He is batting .272/.347/.580 with 63 runs, 67 RBI and seven steals. He has an extremely high strikeout rate, but that has not interfered with his stellar overall production yet.
Xander Bogaerts finished 4-for-6 with a run scored in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.
The Red Sox pounded out 15 hits on the night, led by Bogaerts' four, but the Twins won the slugfest. That wasn't by fault of the 23-year-old Bogaerts, who is 11-for-22 in his last five games. The ultra-talented young shortstop is hitting .329/.385/.474 with 61 RBI and 72 runs scored, sixth-most in the American League, on the season.
Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-6 with three RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.
Nunez had an RBI single in the second inning and chipped in a two-run single in the Twins' five-run seventh inning. The stolen base was his 24th of the season, already a single-season best for the 29-year-old. It's been a year to remember all around for Nunez, who's hitting .302/.328/.452 overall.