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Christian Villanueva socked his 16th home run Wednesday in San Diego’s loss to the Athletics.

It came in the ninth with the Padres trailing 12-1. He also contributed an infield single in the fourth inning. Villanueva’s round-tripper—a solo shot off Josh Lucas—was his first since May 31. That snapped a 13-game homerless drought for the 27-year-old.
Jun 20 - 7:00 PM

Brian Anderson went 3-for-5 with an RBI in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

Anderson's RBI came in the ninth inning off of Sam Dyson to bring the Marlins to within a run at 6-5. The three singles up his average on the 2018 season to .299, and his .376 on-base percentage and .426 slugging mark are nothing to sneeze at, either. Anderson is legitimate candidate for the NL Rookie Of The Year.
Jun 20 - 7:00 PM

Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in a victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Pence singled in a run in the sixth inning to give the Giants a 3-1 lead, and he doubled his run-production with a bloop single in the bottom of the eighth inning; a run that proved crucial in the 6-5 victory. It's been a terrible year for the 35-year-old outfielder, as he's still hitting just .195/.245/.218 with no homers and seven RBI over 32 games.
Jun 20 - 6:58 PM

Reyes Moronta picked up the final out on Wednesday to record his first save of the 2018 season against the Marlins.

Moronta came on to replace Sam Dyson, who gave up two runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. The right-hander came in with the tying run on second and go-ahead run on first, but he was able to strike out J.B. Schuck to earn the save. He now owns a 1.91 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the 2018 season, and he's struck out 39 hitters in his 33 innings for the Giants.
Jun 20 - 6:56 PM

Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-5 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Belt's RBI came on a ground-rule double, and he had two more singles in the contest. The three hits push his average to .305 on the 2018 campaign, and it's his 35th RBI in 58 games with the Giants. He's looked like the same hitter he was before the emergency appendectomy, and somewhat quietly, he's been one of the best first baseman in all of baseball in 2018.
Jun 20 - 6:53 PM

Jose Urena allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

Urena allowed eight hits, and he walked two while striking out five. The right-hander breezed through the first five innings, but gave up five runs in the sixth inning as he struggled against the Giants in their third time seeing him in the game. There have been moments of good for Urena, but there have been just as many -- if not more -- struggles in 2018. He takes a 4.40 ERA into his next start against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Jun 20 - 6:51 PM

Derek Holland gave up three runs in six-plus innings with seven strikeouts in a victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Holland has struggled to get deep into games in 2018, but he was able to pitch into the seventh in this one. Unfortunately he gave up two runs in that seventh inning, and exited without getting an out. It was still a relatively strong start for the southpaw, even if it didn't end quite as well as he'd have liked. Holland's next scheduled start comes Tuesday against the Rockies.
Jun 20 - 6:51 PM

Julio Teheran will start on Sunday against the Orioles.

Teheran had some cramping issues in his first start off the disabled list on Sunday, but he'll be good to go against Baltimore. He was excellent in his previous outing, throwing six no-hit innings and striking out 11 against the Padres.
Jun 20 - 6:48 PM
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