Jimmy Nelson gave up seven runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings, taking the loss as the Brewers were handed a 9-6 defeat by the Reds on Monday.
Nelson had poor control in this one, walking five Reds batters while allowing six hits and striking out only one. The 25-year-old had been superb in his first three starts, but some bumps in the road are to be expected in his first full season in the rotation. Nelson, now with a 3.63 ERA and an 18/9 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings, will hope for better results in a start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs next.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after Monday's game that Gregory Polanco (groin) is considered day-to-day.
Hurdle revealed that Polanco suffered the injury over the weekend in Arizona while running the bases. It appears to be a minor issue, but expect the Pirates to be careful here and give Polanco at least another day or two of rest. Andrew Lambo went hitless in four at-bats Monday as Polanco's replacement in right field.
Todd Frazier went 0-for-1 in Monday's win over the Brewers, drawing three walks, stealing two bases, and scoring three runs.
Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson battled his control, responsible for two of Frazier's three walks on the evening. Frazier is now up to three steals on the season while hitting .250/.358/.529 with five home runs, 14 RBI, and 15 runs scored. He enjoyed a 20/20 season in 2014 and could be on his way to a repeat performance this season.
Jay Bruce walked three times and smacked a two-run home run Monday in a win against the Brewers.
Bruce was joined by teammate Todd Frazier in the three-walk club against the Brewers on Monday. His home run, number four on the season, came in the second inning against Jimmy Nelson which started a four-run rally. Despite the long ball, Bruce has mostly done little at the plate this season, currently hitting .175/.293/.381 with four home runs and 12 RBI.
Yunel Escobar (hand) expects to miss 1-2 games.
Escobar suffered a lacerated hand when he was spiked by the Braves' Andrelton Simmons on a play at third base Monday. He had to be bandaged up but avoided any broken bones.
A.J. Cole will make his major league debut on Tuesday versus the Braves.
The Nationals have decided to keep Tanner Roark in the bullpen rather than giving him the spot start. Ranked by Baseball America before the season as the team's No. 6 prospect, Cole boasts a 2.40 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over his first 15 innings at Triple-A Syracuse this season. He'll be making just the one start, as Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to be ready in a couple days.
Jean Segura knocked in three of the Brewers' four runs on Monday in a losing effort versus the Reds.
Segura finished 2-for-5 on the night. He plated the Brewers' first run in the third inning with a single, then added his team's final two runs with another single in the ninth inning. Segura hasn't hit for much power but has otherwise performed well, batting .312/.338/.403 with eight RBI and three stolen bases.
Jason Marquis picked up his second win of the season after holding the Brewers to two runs over eight innings on Monday.
Marquis entered the game with a 7.20 ERA over his first three starts, so he sorely needed an outing like Monday's. The lowly Brewers could only squeak out two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three times. Marquis, with a more reasonable 5.48 ERA, also sports a 1.52 WHIP and a 24/7 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. He'll match up with the Braves at Turner Field in his next start.