Wily Peralta pitched well in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, allowing just two runs on seven hits in the contest.
Nice bounce-back outing for Peralta, who allowed six runs to the Reds in his last start. Against the Cardinals on Saturday, things went much more smoothly. He struck out four and walked just two while scattering seven hits across six innings. Peralta will need more starts like this if he wants to match his numbers from 2014, when, he boasted a 3.53 ERA and a 154/61 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings. A road outing against the Cubs is next on the docket.
David Lough's home run off of Koji Uehara in the bottom of the tenth inning gave the Orioles a 5-4 win.
The Orioles were actually down 4-3 entering the bottom of the tenth inning. The normally reliable Koji Uehara was unable to hold the lead, though, and after a Chris Davis sacrifice fly tied the contest at 4-4, Lough stepped to the plate and delivered his dramatic shot to win it. It was Lough's first home run of the season. Not surprising, given that he hit just four last year. Lough works mostly as a backup outfielder and a late-game defensive substitution. Walk-off home runs are just a bonus.
Corey Dickerson left Saturday's game in the seventh inning.
It's likely a recurrence of the plantar fasciitis Dickerson has battled throughout the year. Drew Stubbs has come on to take his place. Even after going 0-for-3, Dickerson is still hitting .317 with a .635 slugging percentage. If Dickerson misses Sunday's game, it will be his first absence of the season.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run off of Wei-Yin Chen in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Orioles.
The home run was Napoli's first of the season and doubled his RBI total to four. He also added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. Even with the big effort, his season-slash still sits at a paltry .183/.300/.283. Owners should exercise patience with Napoli. His tendency to whiff can lead to prolonged slumps, but so long as he remains healthy, he'll probably be good for 20+ home runs and a fair number of RBI in a stacked Red Sox lineup.
Trevor May left Saturday's game after taking a line drive off his right forearm.
The liner came off the bat of Kyle Seager. Tim Stauffer relieved May with one out in the fourth inning. May was charged with two runs on three hits, walking one with five strikeouts. May is likely headed for X-rays. We should know more after the game.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched a strong game against the Red Sox on Saturday, allowing just two runs over eight innings.
Chen surrendered just four hits while striking out five and walking one in the contest. Despite his sterling start, he didn't factor in the decision, though his team did ultimately pick up a 5-4 extra-innings win. Both runs Chen allowed came courtesy of a Mike Napoli two-run homer in the second inning. The 29-year-old's ERA now sits at 2.78 and he holds a 16/9 K/BB over 22 2/3 innings. He's been incredibly consistent since entering the majors in 2012, having never posted a single-season ERA higher than 4.07. Chen will try to keep on keepin' on against Rays in his next start.
Just Masterson surrendered three runs in seven innings in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Orioles.
This was one of Masterson's stronger starts of the season, though he did not come away with a decision. Jimmy Paredes had his number in the contest, hitting an RBI double and a solo home run, but Masterson was mostly able to limit the non-Paredes damage. Saturday's outing marked the first time that Masterson's pitched seven innings this season. He currently holds a lackluster 5.16 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 22 2/3 innings pitched, but both of his last two starts have been solid and he's looked healthy thus far, which probably matters more than the early numbers. Masterson has a home date with the rival Yankees next time he takes the mound.
Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Braves.
The dinger was Howard's second of the season. He hit the two-run shot off of Braves starter Shelby Miller in the fourth inning and put the Phillies out to a 2-0 lead, but that home run would represent the only runs the 6-12 Phillies scored in the 5-2 loss. Howard's now hitting just .189/.246/.358, with two home runs and six RBI and has shown little evidence that his bat might suddenly regain its glory of yore. If we're stretching for signs of life, he does have two home runs in his last four games.