Week That Was: Royal Pain

Week That Was: Royal Pain
Both defending league champs suffered big losses in the lineup. We cover those and much more in our weekly recap.
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Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Bruce burned Jimmy Nelson for a long solo tater to right in the second inning. The bomb was his ninth of the season. Along with that homer tally, the 29-year-old outfielder is slashing .262/.317/.512 and has driven in 31 runs across 164 at-bats.
May 29 - 6:05 PM

Mitch Moreland slugged a three-run homer Sunday in the Rangers' 6-2 victory against the Pirates.

Moreland went deep off Francisco Liriano in the bottom of the fourth inning, not long after Prince Fielder cranked a solo shot. Consistency remains an issue for Moreland -- he's still batting .222/.293/.392 overall -- but the 30-year-old first baseman does have six home runs and 21 RBI in 45 games this season.
May 29 - 6:01 PM

Jimmy Nelson pitched well in Sunday's win over the Reds, allowing two runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Nelson struck out five and walked two, with only a Jay Bruce solo homer and Tucker Barnhart RBI double play in the second inning doing damage to the scoreboard. The 26-year-old right-hander is in the midst of his best major league season and holds a 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 59/28 K/BB ratio through 11 starts (72 innings). He will look to continue his roll in a road date with the Phillies next time he toes the rubber.
May 29 - 6:00 PM

Martin Perez limited the Pirates to two runs over six innings Sunday to earn his third win.

Perez gave up an RBI double to Andrew McCutchen in the top of the first inning and a solo homer to David Freese in the top of the third, but he settled in from there. The left-hander wound up with three strikeouts against one walk, moving to 3-4 on the year with a 3.12 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 40/31 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings. When his control is right Perez can be pretty effective, and his control has been right over the last several weeks. He'll face the Mariners at home next.
May 29 - 5:58 PM

Brandon Finnegan managed to touch the seventh inning in Sunday's loss to the Brewers, surrendering four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 frames.

Finnegan struggled with his control at times and walked four on the afternoon. The Brewers dinged him for a run in the first inning, two in the third and one in the fifth. Through 11 starts (63 innings), the 23-year-old southpaw holds a 4.14 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 44/31 K/BB ratio. A home start against the Nationals shows next on his schedule.
May 29 - 5:55 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed five earned runs over six innings Sunday as the Pirates fell to the Rangers.

Texas scored four in the fourth on a solo shot by Prince Fielder and a three-run blast by Mitch Moreland. Liriano gave up his fifth run of the afternoon on a Bryan Holaday sacrifice fly in the sixth. It's been a rollercoaster season so far for the 32-year-old left-hander, who stands 4-4 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 10 starts. He gets the Angels at home next.
May 29 - 5:55 PM

Dustin Pedroia snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI double in the 11th inning of Sunday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Pedroia came up clutch against reliever Drew Storen, hitting an RBI grounds rule double as part of a two-run 11th inning. Long before the game hit extras, Pedroia also had an RBI single. He finished 2-for-6 and is slashing .308/.369/.480 with 14 doubles, six homers, 21 RBI and 37 runs scored. The second baseman has picked up five doubles in his last five games.
May 29 - 5:49 PM

David Ortiz is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his injured foot came back negative on Sunday.

Ortiz was scratched from the Red Sox lineup on Sunday due to the lingering soreness from getting hit in the foot by a pitch in Saturday's game. It sounds as though he should return to the lineup on Monday.
May 29 - 5:42 PM
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