Tom Koehler performed well in Thursday's start against the Marlins, but took a loss after allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.
Both runs, as it happens, crossed the plate in the top of the seventh following a Jordany Valdespin error to begin the inning. Koehler to that point had shut the Reds out, even outdueling Johnny Cueto. Overall, the right-hander allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out three. He owns a 3.70 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 100/47 K/BB ratio. Koehler will try to keep the strong pitching going when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh next week.
The Athletics are expected to keep Jason Hammel in their rotation over Jesse Chavez.
Hammel has a 9.53 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in four starts with Oakland, but the A's think he's capable of turning things around. Chavez boasts a 3.44 ERA and 119/41 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings this season, but he's struggled in July and could be tiring after years of pitching mostly as a reliever. The 30-year-old is dropped in mixed leagues.
Ryan Ludwick proved to be the difference, driving in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning as the Reds went on to defeat the Marlins on Thursday.
The game was 1-0 in favor of the Marlins entering the frame, but the Reds staged a rally against a tiring Tom Koehler and the Marlins' bullpen. The Reds tied the game at 1-1 on a sacrifice fly. Ludwick then put them ahead with a two-run single to center field. Ludwick has mostly been quiet at the plate this year, Thursday notwithstanding, as he holds a .261/.325/.391 slash line with six home runs and 27 RBI.
Aroldis Chapman worked around a ninth-inning walk to grab his 24th save of the season in Thursday's win against the Marlins.
Chapman walked Casey McGehee to begin the bottom of the ninth, but instantly erased his mistake with a ground ball double play. He fanned Marcell Ozuna to end the ballgame, extending his major league record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout to 46. Chapman is 24-for-26 in save opportunities with a 2.10 ERA and a 68/12 K/BB ratio.
Giancarlo Stanton homered for the 25th time this season, his only hit in four at-bats in a losing effort against the Reds on Thursday.
Stanton put the Marlins up 1-0 in the first inning with a line drive over the left field fence off of Johnny Cueto. It was the only damage the Marlins could do against the Reds' right-hander. Stanton has homered in back-to-back games, and has a total of four since the All-Star break. He's slashing .293/.394/.541 with 72 RBI on the season.
Michael Bourn (hamstring) did some light running on the field Thursday.
Bourn will eventually progress to running the bases once he's comfortable. He'll be ready for a rehab assignment at that point, though it's still totally up in the air as to when that will come. The outfielder has been out since early July with a left hamstring strain.
Marlins released INF Miguel Tejada.
Tejada was inked to a minor league deal in May but played in only four games for Double-A Jacksonville before going down with a right shoulder injury. He was close to returning, but the Marlins decided to go ahead and cut the 40-year-old loose. Tejada remains unlikely to play in a major league game again.
Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will be shut down for at least the next two weeks.
The Nationals haven't officially commented on the severity of Zimmerman's right hamstring strain, but it's been reported that it's a Grade 3 strain and he's likely out at least 6-8 weeks. He'll be re-evaluated in two weeks, but it's possible his season is over. The Nats traded for Asdrubal Cabrera Thursday to help shore up their infield situation.