Jon Lester picked up his second win of the season on Wednesday, allowing four runs (one earned) in seven innings against the Cardinals.
One of the unearned runs was Lester's fault, as he made a fielding error in the second inning that led to a run. Addison Russell committed the other error in the sixth that sparked a two-out, two-run rally for the Cardinals. Lester otherwise was decent, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out six. With a few good starts in a row, it looks like Lester has settled down. His ERA is down to 4.04 with a 1.32 WHIP and a 34/8 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. The Mets await him in a home start next.
Jhonny Peralta hit a solo home run in a losing effort against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Peralta went 1-for-5 on the evening, securing his only hit when he drilled a home run to left-center in the fourth inning against Jon Lester, pulling the Cardinals to within 3-2 at the time. It's only the third home run of the season for Peralta, but he's still done a good job at the plate, batting .298/.348/.452 with 13 RBI.
Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a solo home run to help the Cubs take down the Cardinals on Wednesday.
It was a back-and-forth affair between the NL Central rivals. Rizzo hit a solo home run in the third inning to push the Cubs' lead to 3-1. He added a two-run double in the fifth, making it a 5-2 ballgame. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak, batting .341/.474/.593 overall with five home runs, 15 RBI, and seven stolen bases.
Francisco Rodriguez got his sixth save of the season when he closed out Wednesday's 6-3 win against the Dodgers.
Rodriguez allowed a leadoff double to Adrian Gonzalez, but sandwiched strikeouts of Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke around an Andre Ethier fly out. The right-hander is perfect in six save opportunities with a 1.64 ERA and a 14/2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings.
Carlos Peguero went 3-for-4 with two homers Wednesday as the Rangers crushed the Astros 11-3.
Peguero, who didn't have a homer until Tuesday, is now tied for the Rangers lead at three with Kyle Blanks, who was just called up last week. Peguero has struck out a whopping 20 times in 41 official at-bats, but the power is real and he does have 10 walks to go along with his .238 average. He should be a fixture against right-handers until Josh Hamilton returns.
Wily Peralta pitched eight strong innings in a win against the Dodgers on Wednesday, yielding three runs (two earned).
Both earned runs came on Joc Pederson solo home runs. The unearned run came in the fourth inning when Justin Turner scored as a result of shortstop Jean Segura's throwing error on an Andre Ethier infield single. Peralta scattered seven hits, walked none, and struck out six. He's now in the win column at 1-4 with a 3.92 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a 24/8 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. He'll look to keep it going next week at home against the White Sox.
Colby Lewis pitched eight innings of one-run ball to defeat the Astros on Wednesday.
Lewis has been one of the Rangers' few pleasant surprises this far, going 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.08 ERA. Somehow, he's allowed just three homers in 38 innings. Last year, he gave up 25 in 170 1/3. The homers will come, so Lewis still shouldn't be picked up in mixed leagues.
Samuel Deduno was left in to give up 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings versus the Rangers on Wednesday.
Well, that's not very nice. The Astros were short-handed in the pen tonight and thus left him in to take the beating that raised his ERA from 2.70 to 7.00. Deduno was making his second straight start, but he'll probably return to the pen next time through.