Ruddy De La Rosa yielded three runs and two homers in five innings Wednesday against the White Sox.
Homers from Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie scored the first two runs. The third came on a Mike Napoli error, but the run was declared earned because of a triple afterwards. De La Rosa could be sent right back down to Triple-A now because the Red Sox won't need him again until after the break, but he should be the team's fifth starter in the second half. Assuming that happens, he'll be worth playing in AL-only leagues and deeper mixed leagues.
Doug Fister improved his record to 8-2 after limiting the Orioles to two runs over seven innings on Wednesday.
Fister put together his fourth consecutive quality start, holding the Orioles to seven hits -- including Manny Machado's solo home run -- and two walks while striking out three. Fister has turned out to be exactly what the Nationals hoped for when they traded for him, as he now carries a 2.90 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and a 45/8 K/BB ratio. When the Nationals return from the All-Star break, Fister will take the hill against the Brewers at home.
Chris Sale was charged with one run in 7 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.
Sale left with a 4-0 lead and two outs in the eighth, but a full-blown meltdown took place afterwards. The Red Sox scored three times then, pushing across the one runner Sale left on base, and twice more in the ninth to win. Sale lowered his ERA to 2.08 with the performance.
After bailing the White Sox out in the eighth, Javy Guerra took a blown save and a loss while giving up two runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Jake Petricka struggled after coming in with two outs in the eighth, retiring none of the four hitters he faced. That led to Guerra coming on with men on second and third and two outs in a one-run game. He got Mike Carp to ground out, but then he hit a batter, gave up an RBI double and surrendered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth. It'd seem to bode well for Zach Putnam getting the White Sox's next save chance.
Alfredo Simon picked up his league-leading 12th win, allowing one run over 6 2/3 innings as the Reds triumphed over the Cubs by a 4-1 margin on Wednesday.
Simon continues to pitch lights out baseball, as he hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since May 27. The injured Masahiro Tanaka and Simon are the only pitchers in baseball with 12 wins presently. Against the Cubs, the right-hander allowed four hits -- including a solo home run to Anthony Rizzo -- while walking two and striking out eight. Simon will take a 2.70 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and a 75/28 K/BB ratio into a road start against the Yankees following the All-Star break.
Conor Gillaspie had another nice game Wednesday against the Red Sox, delivering his third homer and his 21st double of the season.
It's bizarre how Gillaspie has gone from hitting third at the beginning of the year, when he seemed like a pretty lousy bet, to sixth now, even though he's batting .320. He didn't have a homer until July, but now he has three in seven games. Maybe it'll get him moved back up in the order.
Dallas Beeler took his second loss in as many starts after allowing four runs in five innings to the Reds on Wednesday.
Beeler rejoined the Cubs' rotation in the wake of the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel departures. His second start didn't go quite as well as his major league debut on June 28 in which he allowed one unearned run to the Nationals over six frames. He yielded six hits and four walks without recording a strikeout against the Reds. Following the All-Star break, Beeler will travel to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks.
Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in a perfect ninth inning for his 19th save in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
The Cubs were no match for Chapman's stuff, as he made quick work of Junior Lake, Justin Ruggiano, and Mike Olt. Chapman is 19-for-21 in save opportunities with a 2.36 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and a 52/9 K/BB ratio.