David Buchanan limited the Brewers to one run over seven innings Thursday in the Phillies' 9-1 victory.
The Brewers were up 1-0 when Buchanan's afternoon came to an end, but they ended up scoring seven times in the top of the eighth and twice more in the ninth to make it look like a laugher. Buchanan moved to 5-5 with a 4.40 ERA. He's done a better job than expected of keeping the Phillies in games, but we'd still have a hard time trusting him in NL-only leagues.
After starting off with six hitless innings, Matt Garza took a loss Thursday against the Phillies, surrendering two runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Those two runs scored after he was pulled in the eighth, and the Phillies went on to have a seven-run inning against Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler. Garza lost the no-hitter when Jimmy Rollins delivered the first of two singles in the seventh. He allowed three hits in all.
Ben Revere pinch-ran Thursday and then stayed in to single in his lone at-bat.
Revere is bothered by soreness in the right ankle he originally injured last year. He might start tomorrow anyway. Tony Gwynn Jr. went 0-for-5 as the Phillies' center fielder today.
Ryan Howard had an RBI double and a two-run homer Thursday against the Brewers.
Both hits came off left-handed relievers. The homer came off the league's worst pitcher in Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang, a guy who really should be in A-ball at the moment, but the double was off an excellent southpaw in Will Smith. Howard entered the day with no homers and just two RBI in his previous 20 games.
Travis d'Arnaud will bat fifth Thursday against the Braves.
And why not? D'Arnaud is batting .300/.340/.560 with three home runs and four doubles in 13 games since returning from the minors. He has earned a promotion in the batting order with his hot-hitting and could stick there if he keeps it up.
Cubs optioned RHP Kyle Hendricks to Triple-A Iowa.
This means that the Cubs have decided to keep Arismendy Alcantara around for a little longer. Hendricks gave up four runs in six innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Reds and should get another shot in the Cubs' rotation after the All-Star break.
Anthony Rizzo finished first in the balloting for the National League Final Vote.
Rizzo beat out Justin Morneau, Anthony Rendon, Casey McGehee, and Justin Upton to secure the first All-Star selection of his career. The 24-year-old has been excellent this season, batting .277/.386/.406 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI over 89 games.
Arismendy Alcantara went 4-for-5 with a triple, a double and three RBI as the Cubs beat the Reds 6-4 in 12 innings on Thursday.
Needing a homer for the cycle, Alcantara instead settled for an infield single in the 12th. He and Starlin Castro came around to score when Skip Schumaker couldn't grab Luis Valbuena's shot to the wall in right. Valbuena tried to turn it into an inside-the-park homer, only to get cut down at home plate (the appeal on whether Devin Mesoraco blocked the plate was denied). It was Alcantara who was the star, though. He had as many RBI today as Darwin Barney did in his last 24 games combined. the Cubs have indicated that Alcantara would return to Triple-A when Barney returned from the paternity list, but Alcantara is their best option at second base right now.