Rubby De La Rosa struck out eight and allowed just one run over seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Pirates.
De La Rosa and A.J. Burnett were locked in an old school pitcher's duel, with both pitchers hurling seven innings of one-run ball and neither factoring into the decision. De La Rosa's struck out eight and did not walk a batter in the game. He allowed just four hits, with only an RBI double by Pedro Alvarez doing any damage. De La Rosa will take his 4.68 ERA and 25/5 K/BB ratio on the road against the Dodgers in his next start.
A.J. Burnett pitched well on Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits against the Diamondbacks.
Rubby De La Rosa matched him every step of the way, though, and neither pitcher ended up with a decision in the 2-1 Pirates win. Burnett struck out four and walked two in the contest. The former flamethrower has been great through four starts and currently holds a 1.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, with a 18/7 K/BB ratio over 25 innings. Despite the solid start, he has yet to pick up his first win of the year. He'll try for it (again) when the Pirates face off with the Cardinals.
Adam Wainwright acknowledged after Saturday's game that the injury is to the back of his left ankle.
In other words, it's his Achilles tendon. And if he ruptured it, the ace right-hander could be done for the rest of the 2015 season. "I thought I got hit by something," said Wainwright, who pulled up lame after a fifth-inning pop-out on Saturday night in Milwaukee. "If you look at the replay, I get out of the box and I looked back to think the catcher’s mask must of hit me or the bat must’ve hit me, something must’ve hit me."
Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury.
McCarthy exited after giving up a home run to Justin Upton in the sixth inning. He motioned for the trainer but it was unclear what was bothering him. Sergio Santos has come on to take his place. Until we know more, consider McCarthy day-to-day.
Trevor Bauer will start Tuesday's game against the Royals.
Food poisoning forced him to miss Saturday's start. Bauer has looked sharp all year, limiting opponents to a .125 batting average. The 24-year-old has collected at least seven strikeouts in each of his three starts.
Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run double in the eighth inning of Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.
Ramirez finished the game 3-for-4, one of the lone bright sparks for a floundering Brewer team. Despite the strong game, Ramirez is still hitting just .197/.197/.295. The 3-15 Brewers represent a statistician's nightmare. Last season, Ramirez slashed .285/.330/.427 for the Brew Crew, so it stands to reason that his numbers probably won't remained flat-lined for the rest of the season. More games like Saturday's will help toward that cause.
J.J. Hardy was given a shoulder injection on Saturday.
He'll rest up for a few days before testing his shoulder again on Wednesday. Hardy was originally expected to be back at the end of the month, but that's no longer an option. We won't know how close Hardy is until he begins a rehab assignment. Everth Cabrera has been filling in at shortstop for the Orioles.
Matt Holliday hit a three-run home run in Saturday's win over the Brewers.
Holliday cranked the three-run shot off of Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress in the seventh inning, extending the Cards' lead to 5-0. The Brewers would mount a mini-rally in the eighth, but would not move closer than the 5-3 final. It was Holliday's first home run of the season and gave him 10 RBI on the year. He's currently slashing .358/.478/.434 and remains one of the most quietly productive hitters in the game.