Jhonny Peralta went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.
Peralta jerked a Jorge De La Rosa offering out of the park in the fourth inning for his lone hit of the game. The tater was his 16th of the season. In addition to those 16 dingers, Peralta has driven in 54 runs and is hitting .288/.344/.468. He's homered in each of his last two games.
Astros optioned RHP Vincent Velasquez to Double-A Corpus Christi.
Velasquez lost his spot in the rotation when the Astros acquired Scott Kazmir from Oakland last week. The 23-year-old performed admirably during his first big league stint, compiling an impressive 9.29 K/9 in nine appearances. He'll be back with Houston as soon a rotation spot opens up.
Jorge De La Rosa pitched well in Saturday's win over the Cardinals, yielding two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
De La Rosa struck out four without walking a batter. Outside of solitary runs in the fourth and seventh innings, he kept the Cardinal offense at bay. He needed a start like this, as he had allowed six runs in each of his last two outings. De La Rosa holds a 4.87 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 92/46 K/BB ratio in 97 innings. Up next on the docket, a road start against the Nationals.
Lance Lynn couldn't provide the Cardinals depth in Saturday's loss to the Rockies, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.
Two of the four runs against Lynn came home after he coughed up a two-run home run to Nolan Arenado. He struck out five and walked three in the outing. The performance wasn't particularly impressive, but Lynn's been money for most of the season and currently holds a 2.89 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 129/40 K/BB ratio across 121 1/3 innings. A road outing against the Brewers awaits him next time he takes the ball.
Hank Conger hit a solo home run and a grand slam in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.
The Astros were teeing off on Jeremy Hellickson and the Diamondbacks, with both Conger and Carlos Correa posting two-homer games. It was Conger who came away with the more impressive performance, though. He smoked a solo homer off of Hellickson in the third inning, then crushed a grand slam an inning later to help drive Arizona's starter from the game. Neat game for Conger, who hit ninth in the contest. He's done a nice job in limited action this season and is hitting .254/.352/.508 with eight homers and 20 RBI over 122 at-bats.
Chad Billingsley will travel to Los Angeles to have his elbow examined next week.
This has all the makings of a season-ending injury. Billingsley has had trouble staying on the field his entire career. He's made just nine starts since 2013 and another Tommy John surgery could put his career in jeopardy. The Phillies knew they were rolling the dice when they signed Billingsley last offseason. Fortunately for Philadelphia, it was only a one-year commitment.
Andrelton Simmons left Saturday's game against the Phillies after jamming his right thumb on a play in left field.
Daniel Castro replaced him in the eighth inning. His X-rays came back negative but the soreness could keep Simmons out for a few days. He was hitless in three at-bats before exiting.
Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Astros.
In a season filled with highlights and astronomical numbers, Saturday's loss to the Astros won't be making the cut when Goldschmidt decides what to show his grandchildren. He failed to pick up a hit or walk in the game and couldn't put the ball in play for two of his three at-bats. These things happen--just not very often for Goldy, who is hitting .346/.462/.599 with 22 homers, 77 RBI and 17 steals. The steal number is one off of his personal best for a season.