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Brad Johnson covers the latest home run news including a ridiculous week from Gleyber Torres and a spotlight on a resurgent Yasiel Puig.
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Brad Ziegler surrendered three runs on four hits over 2/3 of an innings in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

For the longest time, the Marlins were clinging to a 1-0 lead. That fell apart late, though, with Wilmer Difo smacking a game-tying solo home run off Wei-Yen Chen in the eighth inning and Ziegler proceeding to surrender three runs in the top of the ninth. Mark Reynolds got that collapse started for the closer, greeting him with a solo home run after he trotted out to start the frame. Matt Adams and Trea Turner would later each come up with RBI singles to finish off the miserable frame. When the dust settled, the Nats held a 4-1 lead. Despite the run-scoring machinations, here, Ziegler was not weighed down with a blown save, as the game was tied when he entered for his fateful frame of work. He remains a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities, but has now surrendered three-plus runs in two of his last four appearances this season.
May 26 - 8:04 PM

Brad Keller has been told he'll start Wednesday's game against the Twins.

Keller will start in place of Eric Skoglund, who was terrible before hitting the disabled list with a strained UCL. Keller, a Rule 5 pick in this past winter's draft, has been better at run suppression but without overwhelming peripherals, owning a 13/7 K/BB ratio across 22 1/3 relief innings this year. He'll be a player to watch with interest Wednesday, but not one to take a shot on in a streaming scenario.
May 26 - 8:01 PM

Jaime Garcia surrendered just one run in seven innings but had to settle for a no-decision against the Phillies on Saturday.

He was locked in a tight pitchers' duel with Aaron Nola and the game wasn't decided until they were both in the clubhouse. Garcia allowed five hits, did not issue a free pass and struck out five in the premium outing. A solo dinger by Maikel Franco provided the only run he was charged with on the day. It was a surprisingly good effort from the struggling veteran, who was activated from the disabled list prior to the game after recovering from shoulder inflammation. He is 2-3 with a 5.52 ERA in nine starts. He has a strong strikeout rate but has uncharacteristically battled the base-on-balls this season. He has 43 strikeouts and 21 walks in 45 2/3 innings.
May 26 - 8:00 PM

Tanner Roark yielded one run on four hits over seven innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Roark struck out five and walked two on the evening. Brian Anderson burned him for an RBI single in the fourth inning, but otherwise, the Marlins were unable to touch the scoreboard while he was on the mound. This season, the veteran right-hander has pitched to a respectable 3.17 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 58/19 K/BB ratio across 10 starts covering 65 1/3 innings. He'll be hitting the road to take on the Braves in an interdivisional showdown next time out.
May 26 - 7:54 PM

Jose Martinez went 3-for-4 and drove in a run during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Pirates.

He smacked a liner to center to drive in Yairo Munoz in the third inning then got nailed at second trying to stretch the single into a double. Martinez may be an atrocious fielder but there is no doubt about his hitting skill. He has a .316 batting average with five home runs and 31 RBI in 202 plate appearances.
May 26 - 7:48 PM

Wei-Yin Chen allowed one run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

Chen struck out six and walked one in the strong outing. The only run to score while he was on the mound came in the eighth inning, when Wilmer Difo knocked him out of the contest via a solo game-tying home run. While Chen's overall marks -- a 5.22 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP -- do little to inspire, he's pitched well of late, having surrendered just three runs on 11 hits over 17 innings combined in his last three starts. He'll try to keep the good vibes going in a road date with the Padres next time he takes to the mound.
May 26 - 7:48 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 and snapped a solo home run during Saturday's win over the Pirates.

He led off the game with a solo shot against Pirates starter Trevor Williams. Carpenter was perhaps the worst hitter in baseball for the season's first month and a half but has been on fire the last 10 days or so. He's finally above the Mendoza line and streaking higher. He has a .206/.321/.387 slash line with five homers and 18 RBI on the season.
May 26 - 7:44 PM
C.J. Cron - DH - Rays

C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

With one run already having crossed the plate in the second, Cron came through with a two-run double off Andrew Cashner to boost the Rays to a 5-0 advantage. They would sail through the rest of the contest without issue. After a hot April in which he cracked seven home runs and drove in 19 runs, Cron's cooled off in May, but not to a severe degree. Comparing the slash-lines, he hit .281/.327/.552 with the seven home runs and 19 RBI across 23 contests for the month of April, while entering action on Saturday, he was working to a .261/.327/.432 triple slash with four home runs and nine RBI in 22 May games with about a week remaining in the month.
May 26 - 7:40 PM
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