J.A. Happ lost in his Pirates debut, serving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings versus the Cubs on Tuesday.
Happ just didn't have much working, as he allowed 10 base runners on 10 hits and two walks and uncorked a wild pitch before departing with one out in the fifth. He did strike out six batters, something he'd only done five other times in 21 starts this year. Combined with his time with the Mariners, Happ now has a 4.78 ERA and has to face the Cardinals on the road in his next start.
Jake Arrieta didn't let the Pirates touch home plate in his seven innings of work, earning the win on Tuesday.
The right-hander was dominant, yielding only two hits and three walks with five strikeouts in the effort. After breaking out last season with a 2.53 ERA -- following years of mediocrity with the Orioles -- Arrieta has repeated this season, brandishing a 2.50 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a 152/37 K/BB ratio over 147 2/3 innings. He'll make a home start against the Giants next.
Juan Lagares hit a two-run triple in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.
With two runners on in the eighth inning, Lagares hit his fifth triple of the season to break the game open. Lagares came around to score one batter later. Lagares finished 1-for-4 in the game and is hitting just .253/.281/.337 on the year.
Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with a two doubles and two runs scored in Tuesday's win against the Pirates.
Rizzo doubled and scored in the third inning, and did the same in the fifth, accounting for two of the Cubs' five runs in their shutout win. The first baseman is having a terrific year, though it's been cast aside slightly by Bryce Harper and Paul Goldschmidt. Rizzo is batting .293/.401/.534 with 20 home runs, 61 RBI, 59 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.
Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the ninth inning to close out the Reds' 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Chapman fanned Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk before getting Mark Reynolds to fly out to end the game. The left-hander now owns a 1.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 81/24 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings this year. He could have gained some trade value with a move at the deadline, but even in Cincinnati Chapman is the game's best reliever.
Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.
Carpenter took Anthony DeSclafani deep in the third inning for his 14th homer of the season. After a terrible stretch that saw his batting average drop to .252, Carpenter is hitting .264/.363/.454 with 54 RBI and 60 runs scored this year.
Danny Duffy tossed seven innings of one-run ball, earning the win as the Royals topped the Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday.
The lone run came around in the sixth inning on a Victor Martinez RBI single. It was one of five hits Duffy allowed on the evening along with four walks and two strikeouts. The lefty has been quite good since the beginning of July, holding the opposition to two or fewer runs in six-plus innings in five of his last six starts. All told, Duffy has a 4.04 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a 54/37 K/BB ratio over 89 innings. He'll play host to the White Sox in his next start.
Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
Phillips has come alive in recent days, as he's 10-for-21 in his last five games. He's also stolen four bases in that span, including swiping third base off Yadier Molina -- but mostly John Lackey -- in Tuesday's game. He's now got 15 stolen bases this season, the most since 2012. Phillips is hitting .282/.318/.374 with 50 runs scored on the year.