Daily Dose: Working the Count

Daily Dose: Working the Count
Dave Shovein recaps a record-breaking afternoon for Brandon Belt, Mitch Haniger's hot start and much more in Monday's Daily Dose.
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Yasmani Grandal delivered a two-run double in the sixth inning on Sunday, helping to lead the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

Grandal got the Dodgers on the board with a two-run double off of Jeremy Hellickson in the sixth inning, sparking a three-run rally that would eventually springboard the Dodgers to victory. He also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the night 1-for-3. The hard-hitting backstop has been the Dodgers' biggest weapon on offense this season, slashing .349/.446/.587 with three homers and 16 RBI.
Apr 22 - 11:34 PM

Chris Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the Dodgers came from behind to beat the Nationals on Sunday Night Baseball.

Taylor doubled off of Jeremy Hellickson with one out in the sixth inning, sparking a three-run rally that tied the game. He has struggled at the dish in the early going this season, slashing just .239/.277/.432 with three homers and eight RBI. He was also caught stealing on Sunday for the third time this season, and he has yet to successfully swipe a base.
Apr 22 - 11:34 PM

Kenley Jansen earned his third save of the season on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead against the Nationals.

As has been the case throughout the season with Jansen, it wasn't easy. He allowed consecutive singles from Matt Adams and Wilmer Difo to begin the inning, before fanning Andrew Stevenson and Trea Turner and getting Howie Kendrick on a deep fly ball. Jansen now owns a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 10/4 K/BB ratio through 8 2/3 innings on the season.
Apr 22 - 11:34 PM

Alex Wood logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over his six frames.

The left-hander punched out four while walking one in the ballgame. He served up a solo homer to Michael Taylor in the fourth inning, then the Nats scratched out runs with sacrifice flies in each the second and sixth innings. Wood now sports a 3.72 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 26/2 K/BB ratio through his first 29 innings on the season. His next outing will come on Saturday against the Giants in San Francisco.
Apr 22 - 11:29 PM

Michael Taylor had a monster day at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, going 3-for-3 with a double and his first home run of the season.

Taylor also walked, scored a pair of runs and swiped a pair of bases. His solo shot in the fourth inning increased the Nationals' lead to 2-0. He'll never be expected to hit for a high average, but his combination of power and speed is certainly valuable in most mixed leagues. He's now hitting .224/.280/.329 with a homer, five RBI and eight stolen bases on the year.
Apr 22 - 11:29 PM

Jeremy Hellickson was handed his first loss of the season on Sunday, allowing three runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Dodgers.

Hellickson allowed a double to Corey Seager in the first inning, then kept the Dodgers at bay until the sixth, at one point retiring 14 consecutive hitters. The Dodgers finally broke through in the sixth, using three doubles to score three times and chase Hellickson from the game. He'll carry a 4.50 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the Diamondbacks.
Apr 22 - 11:29 PM

Brandon Belt homered in his fourth straight game Sunday, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored as the Giants bested the Angels 4-2.

The home run and the four-game streak are impressive -- he caught up to a high and tight fastball from Blake Parker in the fifth inning, yanking it over the right field wall -- but he set an MLB record with his first at-bat of the afternoon, a 21-pitch saga that ended with a lineout. It was one of the few times Angels hitters were able to get him out Sunday, and with the good game he's now hitting .288/.386/.576 through 17 games.
Apr 22 - 9:35 PM

Joe Panik went 3-for-5 with a run scored in a win over the Angels on Sunday.

He's not facing the Dodgers, so Panik hasn't been hitting any homers lately, and he'd been in a bit of a rut in recent games -- he had one hit in his previous 19 at-bats -- before Sunday's outburst. The good news is Giants manager Bruce Bochy has kept Panik atop the lineup despite his low output, leaving him some fantasy value as a MI. The 27-year-old is hitting .278/.345/.421 overall.
Apr 22 - 9:25 PM
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