Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save for the third consecutive day, slamming the door on the Brewers in the ninth inning as the Phillies earned a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.
Papelbon had another 1-2-3 inning, also his third in a row. The Phillies will likely have to rely on Jake Diekman or Ken Giles in the ninth inning if they need to in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Papelbon is 22-for-24 in save chances with a 1.24 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 32/9 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.
Jimmy Rollins broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning as the Phillies defeated the Brewers on Wednesday.
Rollins' homer off of Kyle Lohse, which turned out to be the game-winning hit, was his first home run in over a month. The shortstop hasn't done a whole lot offensively after a quick start to the season, but still has average numbers relative to his position. He is slashing .240/.325/.375 with nine home runs, 34 RBI, and 17 stolen bases.
Chase Utley singled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats as the Phillies won their third consecutive game against the Brewers on Wednesday.
Utley gave the Phillies an early 1-0 lead, lining a home run to right field off of Kyle Lohse. It's his second homer of the series and his third consecutive two-hit game. The second baseman is now slashing .294/.351/.453 with eight home runs and 46 RBI. Utley will try to help the Phillies go for a four-game series sweep on Thursday.
Billy Hamilton said he's been dealing with hamstring tightness since spring and that he'll be fine in a couple of days.
Hamilton left Wednesday's game with a tight left hamstring, but the injury doesn't appear to be anything too serious. The Reds may give him the rest of the week off to ensure he's healthy heading into the second half. It's unfortunate timing, though -- Hamilton had been tearing the cover off the ball in recent days.
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer off Kirby Yates in the ninth to lead the Royals to a 5-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday.
It was Perez's 11th homer, leaving him just two shy of last year's total. He hasn't been driving in runs like he did last season, but the rest of his numbers are about what was expected from him. Odds are that he'll do better with RISP the rest of the way.
Kyle Lohse fell to 9-4, allowing four runs over eight innings in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.
Lohse had only allowed one home run total over his previous five starts, but the Phillies were able to rip two against him on Wednesday. Chase Utley went yard in the first and Rollins hit a two-run shot in the sixth. Overall, Lohse allowed seven hits, walked none, and struck out eight. He carries a 3.26 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a 95/23 K/BB ratio. Lohse will face the Nationals on the road in his next start following the All-Star break.
Alex Cobb surrendered two runs in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.
Cobb left with a two-run lead, but the Rays pen couldn't make it stand up. Still, it was a nice outing for Cobb, whose results have been awfully mediocre of late. His peripherals have remained very strong, so we still expect good things from him in the second half.
Joel Peralta and Kirby Yates combined to blow the Rays' two-run lead in the ninth Wednesday against the Royals.
With Grant Balfour, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger having been used to get four outs in the seventh and eighth, Peralta was meant to pitch the ninth in a 4-2 game. Peralta, though, was pulled after retiring one of the three batters he faced, with Yates taking over. Yates, who hadn't recorded a win, loss, save, hold or blown save since being called up over a month ago, immediately gave up a three-run homer to Salvador Perez, and the Rays went on to lose 5-4. We're guessing Maddon won't be using this tactic again anytime soon. Ideally, he'd prefer to save Balfour or McGee or even Boxberger for the ninth.