Yasmani Grandal went hitless in three plate appearances Monday, watching his season batting line drop to .188/.281/.357.
The Cubs managed to hold the Dodgers to just one hit on the day even after losing starter Jason Hammel to a hamstring cramp after two innings. Grandal can't wait to flip the calendar to June, as he's batted an ugly .123/.183/.292 in May after a .295/.426/.477 April.
Collin McHugh went the distance against the Diamondbacks on Monday allowing three runs while striking out eight in an 8-3 victory.
It wasn't the prettiest outing as far as complete games go, as McHugh served up a couple home runs among the three runs he yielded. However, he also walked just one to go along with his eight punchouts and at Chase Field it was certainly an impressive effort. It's baby steps, but McHugh boasts a 26/3 K/BB ratio over his last 21 1/3 innings. He faces the A's at home this weekend.
Miguel Rojas left Monday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury.
No official word yet on the injury or its severity, although Rojas appeared to be be favoring his shoulder after swinging. The Marlins should release an update on his status soon. Derek Dietrich replaced Rojas at second base.
Edwin Escobar's first start in the majors didn't go well, as he was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- over just 3 1/3 frames in a loss to the Astros.
The D'Backs surely didn't want to have to turn to Escobar in this one,as his numbers in the upper minors have been rather lackluster. But, with Shelby Miller (finger) and Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) on the shelf, they didn't have many options. There's a good chance Arizona will go with someone else this weekend against the Cubs. If Escobar gets trotted out there again, it will be ugly.
Jake Lamb belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Astros.
Lamb's longball was ultimately inconsequential, as he took Collin McHugh deep with one out in the ninth to cut the Astros' lead to five, which was as close as the D'Backs got. He's sitting regularly against lefties, but Lamb has been very productive in what has mostly been a platoon role, batting .280/.367/.537 with eight homers and 27 RBI.
The Cubs believe Jason Hammel (hamstring) will be fine for his next start.
Hammel left Monday's start against the Dodgers after pitching only two innings. He was unable to continue after experiencing a cramp in his hamstring. Fortunately, the injury is believed to be minor and shouldn't cause him to miss his next start.
Dan Straily didn't pitch well but got a win anyway Monday, allowing five runs across six frames in an 11-8 victory over the Rockies.
Credit Straily for hanging in there after coughing up five runs in his first three frames, as he held it together for three innings after that and watched the Reds charge back to take the lead. The righty entered the outing with a sub-3.00 ERA and we won't hold this showing against him too much. He'll get the Nationals over the weekend.
J.C. Ramirez notched his first career save by retiring the only batter he faced in Monday's win over the Rockies.
Don't read too much into this. Ramirez had to relieve closer Tony Cingrani, who entered the ninth with a six-run lead looking to get some work in but departed having allowed three runs. Ross Ohlendorf, who looks to be second in line for saves in Cincy, struck out two in a perfect eighth inning. Anything can happen in the Reds' mess of a bullpen, but we wouldn't pick up Ramirez, whose ERA on the year sits at 5.21.