Jordy Mercer doubled twice, walked and scored three times in the Pirates' 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.
After going down 4-0 in the fifth, the Pirates scored once in the sixth, three times in the eighth and five times in the ninth to win. Mercer's big game tonight came in a rare start in the two hole. He's performed well enough to deserve that spot lately; by month, he's posted OPSs of .422 in April, .594 in May, .735 in June and .824 in July.
Kurt Suzuki doubled and drove in three runs against the White Sox on Friday.
Suzuki ended the game 2-for-4. He hit the third inning double off of White Sox starter Chris Sale and added an RBI single in the seventh and an RBI groundout in the ninth. Suzuki had a chance to do more damage than that, as the bases were loaded in the final frame, but he couldn't come through against Jake Petricka as the Twins lost 10-8. Suzuki has had a solid season, especially in the average and on-base categories, slashing .309/.372/.395. Maybe there's just something in the air in Minnesota that allows catchers to hit for average.
Tony Watson was credited with his eighth win in relief after pitching a scoreless inning against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Watson had a 0.93 ERA when he was named to the NL All-Star team last month. He's given up five runs over 8 2/3 innings in his last eight appearances, but he's picked up three wins during that span anyway.
Vidal Nuno was denied a win after giving up just one run and three hits in six innings Friday against the Pirates.
Nuno left with a 4-1 lead, but that was blown by Randall Delgado in the seventh. As a result, Nuno remains winless in five starts for the Diamondbacks, even though he has a 3.07 ERA during that span.
Jose Abreu was perfect at the plate on Friday, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.
No virtuoso displays of power by Abreu on Friday, but the 3-for-3 night brought his average up to .310. His fourth inning RBI single off of Logan Darnell plated Adam Eaton and gave Abreu 84 RBI on the season. Abreu's slashing .310/.364/.639.
Yasiel Puig left Friday's game against the Cubs because of mild left hamstring soreness.
The Dodgers stressed that it was a precautionary move, so it sounds like Puig could be right back in there on Saturday.
Brian Dozier went 3-for-4 with three singles in Friday's 10-8 loss to the White Sox.
In addition to the three singles, Dozier also scored three runs. With the effort, he ran his slash line to .239/.335/.424. He's been the best player on the Twins this season. Granted, that isn't saying a ton, but still.
Logan Darnell pitched erratically in allowing four runs in four innings against the White Sox on Friday
Last time out, the White Sox knocked him for seven runs, so technically this four-run jaunt was an improvement. Darnell walked four, struck out four and allowed five hits. He has an 8.25 ERA. He is not on the fantasy radar.