Michael Saunders turned in another hitless game from the leadoff spot Friday, dropping his average to .227.
Saunders is 3-for-27 with 13 strikeouts and no walks in his last eight games. It's not going to get him taken out of Seattle's lineup, but it might get him knocked down from the top of the order, at least for a bit. He's a No. 6 or 7 hitter on a decent offense.
Lance Lynn pitched six scoreless innings, striking out nine, in the Cardinals' 7-0 shutout of the Dodgers on Friday.
Lynn allowed two of the three hits surrendered by Cardinals pitching in the gem. He was removed after just 77 pitches, though there was no indication there was anything physically wrong with him. The Cardinals probably just wanted to give him a break with the game seemingly in hand.
Chris Capuano gave up six runs -- five earned -- in five innings Friday in a loss to the Cardinals.
Capuano turned in back-to-back strong outings before tonight's stinker against a fine St. Louis offense, so we'll let him off the hook. It wouldn't have mattered much if he had allowed only one or two runs anyway; the Dodger offense wasn't getting anything done in the shutout tonight.
David Freese returned to action on Friday went connected on a two-run homer and an RBI double against the Dodgers.
It was Freese's first game in five days because of a cut right thumb. He's gone 6-for-15 with two homers in his last four games, so it seems his long slump is over. Now if only he can stay in the lineup.
Tyler Chatwood blanked the Giants for six innings Friday to win his third straight start.
Josh Outman, Matt Belisle and Wilton Lopez finished the five-hit shutout in a 5-0. Chatwood is sporting a nifty 1.90 ERA in four starts since joining the rotation, so it looks like he'll last for a while. We still don't trust him, not with his subpar command and poor changeup.
Tim Lincecum surrendered four runs in seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rockies.
It was all Michael Cuddyer's fault; he doubled in the first two runs and homered for the fourth. He even scored the third after reaching base on a strikeout/wild pitch in the fourth. Lincecum did a bang-up job against everyone else, finishing with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Michael Cuddyer delivered a two-run double and a homer Friday in his return from the disabled list.
Picking up right where he left off. Cuddler is already halfway to last year's homer total with eight in 32 games. He's also driven in 26 runs.
Brandon McCarthy limited the Padres to one run in seven innings Friday to win his second straight start.
McCarthy has allowed just the one run over 24 innings in his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 6.75 to 4.36. His schedule will start getting more difficult again next week, with the Rangers and Cardinals next in line for him.