Andre Ethier tripled and hit a solo home run in six at-bats Monday as the Dodgers took down the Rockies.
Ethier started the scoring with a solo home run off of Kyle Kendrick in the second inning. He tripled and scored in the sixth as well. While we're inclined to discredit the performance since it was against Kyle Kendrick at Coors Field, it's not like Ethier hasn't been doing it all year. He's hitting .309/.395/.551 with seven home runs and 20 RBI.
Howie Kendrick went 2-for-6 with an RBI single and a three-run home run as the Dodgers handily defeated the Rockies on Monday.
Kendrick capped off the Dodgers' six-run sixth inning with an RBI single, then added three more runs with a home run in the eighth inning. It was his first home run since May 12. He has five total on the season along with 23 RBI and a .292/.349/.443 triple-slash line.
Giants released RHP J.C. Gutierrez.
Steve Adams of MLBTradeRumors.com says Gutierrez has exercised the opt-out clause in his contract. The 31-year-old has posted a 4.94 ERA with 21 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings at Triple-A Sacramento this season. He should be able to latch on elsewhere pretty quickly.
Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.
Arenado has now homered six times in his last eight games, giving him 13 on the season with 37 RBI and a .289/.330/.578. One could say he's seeing the ball well right now.
Adrian Gonzalez had a perfect night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a pair of doubles as the Dodgers routed the Rockies on Monday.
In one night, Gonzalez exceeded the amount of hits he had accrued in his previous five ballgames. Despite reaching base five times, the Dodgers -- who scored 11 runs -- only brought him home once, in the eighth inning. The effort brings Gonzalez's OPS back up over 1.000. He has a .339/.415/.611 triple-slash line with 10 home runs and 35 RBI.
Francisco Rodriguez kept the Cardinals off the board in the ninth inning, earning his ninth save and preserving Monday's 1-0 victory.
Rodriguez allowed a leadoff single to Jason Heyward, but got two quick outs on strikeouts. Heyward then stole second, and Rodriguez walked Peter Bourjos to put the go-ahead run on base. He bounced back, inducing a game-ending ground out from Kolten Wong. The veteran closer has converted the save in all nine opportunities thus far with a 1.42 ERA and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
Jaime Garcia pitched brilliantly, limiting the Brewers to one run over seven innings, but took a tough-luck loss on Monday.
Garcia allowed Jean Segura to reach on a single to lead off the ballgame, then watched Segura score on a two-out Carlos Gomez single. They accounted for two of just three hits the lefty allowed on the evening while walking none and striking out four. In his first three starts since returning from the disabled list, Garcia has allowed seven runs (six earned) on 16 hits and five walks with 11 strikeouts in 20 innings. He's worth a flier in mixed leagues, but he will always be an injury risk. Garcia takes on the Dodgers in L.A. in his next outing.
Mike Fiers fired six shutout innings to earn the win against the Cardinals on Monday.
Fiers punched out six batters while issuing a pair of walks and allowing four hits, all singles. The Cardinals had a runner in scoring position only twice against him, in the first and six innings. Fiers has been solid over his last five starts despite making it to the sixth inning on just two occasions. On the season, he has a 4.06 ERA with a 1.49 WHIP and a 69/19 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Twins in a road start next.