Jorge De La Rosa struck out seven Giants on Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits.
De La Rosa missed most of April with a groin injury. His first start, on April 20th against the Padres, was a nine-run disaster, but the pitcher showed improvement on Saturday. De La Rosa put up respectable numbers for the Rockies last season, posting a 4.10 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 184 1/3 innings. He'll try to give up fewer than nine runs when he faces the Padres again in his next start.
Tim Hudson pitched a nice game against the Rockies on Saturday, allowing three runs on eight hits across seven innings.
Hudson would not factor in the decision, as the Giants blew a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning to deprive their starter of a win. Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki touched Hudson up for a pair of solo home runs, but there's no shame in that. The veteran right-hander now holds a 3.91 ERA and a 13/7 K/BB ratio. Five of those walks came in one game against the Padres. Hudson will take on the Angels in his next outing.
Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game with elbow tightness.
Miraculously, McCarthy is still in line for the win despite giving up six runs, including three homers, in five innings of work. McCarthy was scheduled to pitch Friday against the Diamondbacks, but that seems unlikely now that he's dealing with elbow tightness. Mike Bolsinger may be called upon to make a spot start.
Dodgers signed 1B/OF Mike Carp to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Carp was cut by the Nationals just before Opening Day and did not accept an assignment to their Triple-A affiliate. He'll act as organizational depth at first base and corner outfield for the Dodgers. The 28-year-old owns a decent .254/.330/.414 career slash line in exactly 1,000 major league plate appearances.
Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.
Even Earth's mightiest heroes sometimes flail in futility against A.J. Burnett. Twas the case with Goldschmidt, who came into the game slashing .298/.420/.596, with five home runs, 16 RBI and 11 runs scored. None of that mattered on Saturday. When you see guys like Goldschmidt or Mike Trout take the collar, your best response is to shrug and wait for the day. If he stays healthy (he played in just 109 games in 2014), he's on his way to a monster season.
Matt Kemp was ejected from Saturday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called strike.
Kemp had a very productive night before his ejection, finishing with two hits and a stolen base. Wil Myers will take over in right field with Alexi Amarista moving from shortstop to center field. David Ortiz got suspended for arguing with an umpire last week but we don't expect any further punishment for Kemp.
Mark Melancon walked one and allowed a hit in Saturday's contest with the Diamondbacks, but did not allow a run in picking up his fifth save of the season.
It was a less than clean outing for Melancon, though despite the struggles, he still picked up the save for the third straight game. Even with the string of saves, we would stay far, far away from Melancon in mixed leagues. He's allowed six runs in 9 1/3 innings pitched and his diminished velocity doesn't portend things getting much better.
Rubby De La Rosa struck out eight and allowed just one run over seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Pirates.
De La Rosa and A.J. Burnett were locked in an old school pitcher's duel, with both pitchers hurling seven innings of one-run ball and neither factoring into the decision. De La Rosa's struck out eight and did not walk a batter in the game. He allowed just four hits, with only an RBI double by Pedro Alvarez doing any damage. De La Rosa will take his 4.68 ERA and 25/5 K/BB ratio on the road against the Dodgers in his next start.