Jimmy Nelson gave up 11 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Braves on Saturday.
Not much went right for Nelson on this day -- four of the Braves' 11 hits went for extra bases, and he struck out just two of the 24 batters he faced. It was his third straight subpar start and dropped him to 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA and 1.53 WHIP overall. Nelson will have another tough assignment Thursday when the Brewers visit the Cardinals, the club he lost to his last time out.
Jaime Garcia earned his first win as a member of the Braves on Saturday, holding the Brewers to two runs over six innings.
Garcia gave up just three hits but free passes were an issue, with the southpaw giving out five walks. He was able to largely limit the damage, though, and the Braves offense provided him with more than enough support to get Garcia his first win in five tries. He's turned in quality starts in each of his past three outings, and Saturday's performance got his ERA below 4, to 3.99. Garcia will try to keep that streak going Thursday against the Mets.
Ivan Nova limited the Marlins to three hits in a complete-game, 4-0 shutout on Saturday.
Nova was brilliant, keeping the Marlins to a pair of singles and a double while needing just 95 pitches to complete the task. A 7/0 K/BB ratio helped, and Nova now has 22 strikeouts to one walk over 36 innings this year. He's picked up right where he left off after joining the Bucs at last year's trade deadline, posting a 1.50 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in five starts, and a date with the division-rival Reds is on tap for Thursday.
Dan Straily allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.
Straily cruised through five innings, allowing a lone run, but he ran into trouble in the sixth. After a one-out single, the right-hander walked three straight hitters to walk in a run, and another run was walked in after Straily exited. He allowed four hits and struck out five in the loss. It was the second loss of the year for the 28-year-old, who is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.12 WHIP through five starts. He's got a good shot at bouncing back when he faces the Rays in an interleague tilt Thursday.
John Jaso hit his first home run of the season Saturday against the Marlins.
It's been a brutal start to the year for the 33-year-old, as he's got just five hits in 39 at-bats. The homer came in the ninth inning to give the Bucs a little extra protection. Jaso has found some playing time in right field with Starling Marte suspended, but the Pirates will likely find better options unless he starts hitting, and fast.
Andrew Triggs set a personal best with nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings in the Athletics' 2-1 win over the Astros on Saturday.
One start after getting beatdown by the Mariners, Triggs rebounded with his best start of his abbreviated major league career. The nine strikeouts bested the eight he recorded in a start last year, and it was actually the first time he'd gotten through seven innings as a member of the A's. The 28-year-old has now held the opposition without an earned run in four of his five starts, good for a 1.84 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 29 1/3 innings. Triggs will seek an encore performance Friday against the Tigers.
Joe Musgrove was on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair Saturday, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the A's.
Musgrove gave up just five hits and a walk while striking out six, but the Astros couldn't muster any offense until a Jose Altuve solo homer in the eighth that was too little, too late. Even so, it was easily the best outing of the year for Musgrove, who was able to lower his earned run average more than a full run to 4.88 with the start. That a strong start still leaves him with a 4.88 ERA tells a story about the 24-year-old's start to the year, and he'll try to string together good starts when he faces the Rangers on Thursday.
Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's win over the Astros.
The homer, Lowrie's second of the year, got the A's on the board in the fourth inning. He's now had multiple hits in five of his last nine games, going 14-for-36 (.389) in that span. The good stretch has the 33-year-old's overall numbers up to .306/.368/.459 through 23 games.