Randal Grichuk went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, triple and a run scored as the Cardinals thumped the Nationals 9-4 on Saturday.
Grichuk had two of the team's seven extra-base hits against Gio Gonzalez and company, including an RBI double in the fifth inning. Grichuk now has four multi-hit games in his last five starts, raising his average to .237 with a .755 OPS. If any impatient fantasy owners jumped off the Grichuk train early, it might be time to get back on it.
Gio Gonzalez was hit hard by the Cardinals on Saturday, allowing six runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss.
Gio gave up six hits, including a home run to Matt Holliday, while walking four in the outing. The loss was his second in a row and his second bad showing, raising his ERA to 3.57. He'll try to get back on the winning path Friday when the Nats visit the Reds.
Adam Wainwright allowed four runs, including three home runs, over seven innings in a win over the Nationals on Saturday.
Wainwright was actually pretty good, giving up six hits without issuing a walk, but a couple mistakes left the yard. Wainwright struck out five in the start, tying a single-game high, strangely, in what has been a trying year for the 34-year-old. Despite his 5.71 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, Wainwright has now won his last five decisions. He'll try to make it six Friday against the Giants.
Carl Crawford was removed for a pinch runner after beating out an infield single in Saturday's contest against the Mets.
Crawford was replaced by LHP Alex Wood, which signaled that the 34-year-old outfielder could've suffered an injury while legging out a grounder to second base. If he is not injured, it represented a creative way to save his legs in a blowout victory. Something is up, though, it seems. Crawford is now hitting .209 with zero homers in 71 plate appearances.
Tony Cingrani struck out three over a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 7-6 win over the Brewers on Saturday.
The save was Cingrani's fourth of the season and his first in nearly two weeks. It was a reassuring showing from the southpaw, who is the team's closer for lack of a better option. Cingrani owns a 3.32 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings to date.
Chase Anderson held the Reds to one run over five innings in a no-decision on Saturday.
Anderson yielded just five hits without issuing a walk, but he hit two batters -- including Reds starter Alfredo Simon -- and received some retribution from Simon in the fifth inning. Anderson didn't come back out for the sixth, exiting after just 76 pitches, but the Brewers didn't say anything about an injury. As it is, Anderson remains 2-6 with a 5.00 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through 10 starts. He'll next take on the Phillies on Thursday.
Alfredo Simon was ejected from Saturday's game after hitting Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson with a pitch in the fifth inning.
Reds batted Eugenio Suarez had been hit earlier in the game, but it was surely Simon being hit by an Anderson pitch an inning prior that prompted Simon to seek some revenge. Simon had allowed three runs -- two earned -- over four innings before being tossed. The right-hander somehow continues to start despite owning a 9.60 ERA and 2.06 WHIP through 10 appearances. Things won't get any easier Thursday when the Reds visit the Rockies.
Trayce Thompson was removed from Saturday's game against the Mets due to lower back soreness.
Thompson left the game in the fifth inning and was replaced by Yasiel Puig in right field. It's unclear how this will effect the 25-year-old's playing time in the coming days. Thompson has enjoyed a breakout season, hitting .274/.336/.528 with seven home runs in 116 plate appearances.