Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run homer in a win over the Padres on Thursday.
Tomas hit the two-run shot off Padres starter Jered Weaver in the fourth inning before knocking the RBI double in the sixth. The homer was his fifth of the season, giving Tomas 18 RBI and 12 runs scored in 21 games. The bat-first left fielder is hitting .308/.337/.615 overall.
Jered Weaver allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Weaver gave up three homers in this one, as Chase Field and fly ball pitchers are a bad combination. He allowed six hits and walked two while striking out just one overall. The start was his worst as a member of the Padres, but the club is actually 0-5 in Weaver's five starts this year. The 34-year-old will carry a 4.71 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into Wednesday's dangerous matchup with the Rockies.
Taijuan Walker struck out 11 while allowing two runs over eight innings in a win over the Padres on Thursday.
Walker had everything working, turning in easily his best start as a member of the Diamondbacks. Facing the Padres helps, too. The right-hander allowed just four hits without issuing a walk, running his record to 3-1 with a 3.94 ERA through five starts overall. One bright spot is his 33/7 K/BB ratio in those 29 2/3 innings of work. Walker will face a much stiffer test Wednesday when the D'backs face the Nationals in the nation's capital.
Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored as the Cardinals swept Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays with a 6-4 win in the nightcap.
The Cardinals put up runs in each of the first four innings, with Fowler's homer off Jays starter Casey Lawrence coming in the second. The homer was his third of the year and gives his 15 runs scored in 21 games. He went 5-for-9 on the day and seven hits in his last 14 at-bats with three extra-base hits, suggesting he may be breaking out of an early season slump that has his line at .224/.295/.388 through 21 games.
Kendrys Morales hit a three-run home run in a loss to the Cardinals in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
After sitting out the early game, Morales got the start at first base and jumped on an Adam Wainwright pitch in the fifth inning for the three-run jack. It was his only hit in four at-bats in the game. Morales now has four homers and 14 RBI on the year, but a disappointing .235/.293/.400 line to go with it. His struggles are indicative of the Jays' offensive struggles as a whole through April.
Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Thursday's nightcap win over the Blue Jays.
With closer Seung Hwan Oh having pitched in the afternoon contest, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called on Rosenthal to protect the two-run lead in the night game. Rosenthal responded, striking out two while needing just 13 pitches to get the job done. Healthy after a lat injury to start the year, the 26-year-old has a 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 13/0 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 innings and seems to have the inside track on the closer gig should Oh vacate it at any point.
Matt Adams went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
Getting the start at first base in the nightcap, Adams made the most of it, swatting an RBI double in the first inning before adding a run-scoring single in the third. Adams' place on the team has been in question recently with his inability to play anywhere else on the diamond, and his .242/.324/.303 line hasn't commanded playing time. Unless he starts hitting or gets traded somewhere where he's playing every day, he's an afterthought for fantasy purposes.
Casey Lawrence was battered for 10 hits and six runs over five innings in a loss to the Cardinals in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Lawrence actually fared better in his first start, a loss to the Angels last week, than he did in St. Louis, giving up more hits and runs while striking out just one. The result was the same in both, as Lawrence is now 0-3 with an 8.78 ERA in four appearances overall. The Jays started Mat Latos in the first game of the day, so it's not as though they're exactly flush with options at this point, but they'll likely do better than Lawrence for their start next week.