Collin McHugh was obliterated in Friday's loss to the Tigers, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work.
McHugh struck out one and didn't walk a batter in the game. The Tigers jumped on him for two runs in the first inning, then beat him into submission with six more in the second, the final two riding home on a three-run homer by Tyler Collins after McHugh had departed. He has been brutally inconsistent this season and now owns a troublesome 4.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season. He'll look to turn things around on Wednesday in a tough matchup against the Blue Jays.
Logan Forsythe went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a win over the Yankees on Friday.
Forsythe hit his first career leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning and later added a single in the eighth. The 29-year-old was productive after returning from a fractured left shoulder blade last month, but his production has dropped off significantly in July. Still, he already has as many homers against right-handers (seven) as he had all of last season.
Corey Dickerson homered and knocked in two runs Friday against the Yankees.
Dickerson slugged a solo homer in the first inning before driving in a run with a fielder’s choice in the third inning. His first season with the Rays has been a struggle, but he’s up to 15 homers on the year and has hit .295 this month.
Alex Rodriguez had a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning Friday against the Rays.
Long time, no see. This was A-Rod’s first appearance in a game since last Friday. The 41-year-old is hitting just .210 with nine homers and a .625 OPS over 59 games this season. He continues to take grounders at first base before games, but look for him to continue to have a diminished role.
Edwin Encarnacion socked his 28th home run of the season on Friday, powering the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the visiting Orioles.
Encarnacion hit one of three first-inning solo shots off O's starter Kevin Gausman, as Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki also tagged him. Encarnacion also doubled and walked in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He's now hitting .265/.357/.549 with 28 bombs and a league-leading 88 RBI on the season.
Marco Estrada earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings against the Orioles.
Estrada racked up six strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The O's got to him early, with a two-run double from Mark Trumbo in the first inning, but the right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards. He has been tremendous for the Jays this season, registering a 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 108/42 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Wednesday.
Manny Machado clubbed his 22nd home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Orioles past the Blue Jays.
Machado's solo shot came in the eighth inning and pulled the O's to within a run at 6-5, but that would be as close as they would get. He finished the night 1-for-2 plus a pair of walks and scored three of his club's five total runs. Machado is now slashing .309/.370/.554 with 22 homers and 58 RBI on the year.
Kevin Gausman was hammered in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night, allowing six runs on six hits in only three innings.
The right-hander walked three and struck out four in the ballgame. The Jays jumped on him early in this one, with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki each belting solo homers in the first inning. They pushed across three more runs in the third inning to chase Gausman. Now 2-8 on the season, he'll bring a 4.18 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Rangers.