Carlos Santana slugged a solo homer, drew a walk, and scored two runs Friday against the Athletics.
He got the Indians on the board in the sixth inning before they plated four runs in the seventh to move in front. Santana is now up to 22 homers on the year, so he’s in strong position for a new career-high. He hit 27 homers in 2011 and 2014. He also has a chance to set a new career-high in runs scored as the Indians’ leadoff man.
Josh Reddick slugged a solo homer and scored two runs Friday versus the Indians.
It was his eighth homer on the year and his second in his last three games. The A’s and Reddick haven’t made progress on a contract extension, so he’s looking like an obvious trade candidate moving into Monday’s deadline. The 29-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter.
Alex Dickerson was forced to leave Friday's game against the Reds in the first inning after a nasty collision with teammate Travis Jankowski.
Dickerson was attempting to track down a line drive from Zack Cozart in the left-center field gap when he was upended by a sliding Jankowski. He was able to walk off the field under his own power eventually, but will certainly head for further evaluation. Dickerson had homered in each of his last four games and his absence for any length of time would be a big blow to the Padres offense.
Nick Markakis went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Friday, leading the Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Phillies.
Markakis delivered a run-scoring single in the third inning to put the Braves ahead 2-1, and that's how the score would remain for the rest of the night. He also drew a walk, reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances in the ballgame. With the three-hit night, Markakis is now hitting .265/.345/.371 with five homers and 51 RBI on the season.
Tyrell Jenkins earned the first victory of his major league career on Friday, allowing only an unearned run over six strong innings against the Phillies.
The 24-year-old right-hander scattered four hits and four walks in the contest while striking out four. Jenkins came into the outing with a 6.17 ERA and 16/11 K/BB ratio, but was able to harness his command and keep the Phillies hitters off-balance in this one. He'll look to duplicate this fine outing when he does battle against the Pirates on Thursday.
Cesar Hernandez had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Braves, reaching base four times and scoring the Phillies' lone run.
Hernandez went 1-for-2 and drew three walks, serving as a terrific catalyst atop the Phillies lineup. The only issue was that the hitters behind him failed to drive him in. Hernandez is having a nice season offensively, slashing .289/.341/.375 with two homers, 26 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Tyler Chatwood spun seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Mets on Friday.
Perhaps Chatwood should change his nickname to Hawk or Animal, because he’s a Road Warrior. While he walked four batters, the only damage came on a solo homer from James Loney in the second inning. He now owns a 1.30 ERA through nine starts on the road this season. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t been nearly as effective at home, where he has a 5.69 ERA in 10 starts. He gets the Dodgers at Coors Field next week.
Steven Matz took the loss Friday against the Rockies after giving up two runs over six innings.
Things could have been worse, as Matz gave up a season-high 10 hits while also walking a batter, but he managed to avoid the big inning. But the Mets couldn’t get anything going against Tyler Chatwood and an RBI single from Nick Hundley in the sixth put him in line for the loss. Matz hasn’t been the same since the bone spur in his elbow surfaced, but he continues to hang in there for now. He’ll bring a 3.35 ERA into the Subway Series against the Yankees next week.