Jon Lester yielded two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings in Friday’s 6-2 win over the Phillies.
It was a solid performance after his worst start of the year. The second run scored after Lester was pulled from the game. And after the first of two rain delays. The southpaw struck out seven and walked two to improve to 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA. He’ll get the Dodgers in his next start.
Adam Morgan was tagged for six runs over four innings in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.
Morgan gave up eight hits, including three home runs. His ERA now sits at 6.67 through six starts. The Phillies could look in another direction soon.
Jorge Soler went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Cubs topped the Phillies on Friday.
Soler got the Cubs on the board first with an RBI single in the first inning before slugging a long solo homer in the fourth. According to Statcast, the blast checked in at 461 feet, which is the longest home run by a Cubs player this season. After getting off to a miserable start, the 24-year-old is hitting .346 (9-for-26) with three home runs and six RBI over his last nine games. The talent is clearly there.
David Ross slugged the 100th home run of his career Friday against the Phillies.
It was a three-run blast during a four-run fourth inning against Adam Morgan. Ross intends to retire after the season and he’s going out strong. The 39-year-old is batting .254 with four home runs and an .828 OPS.
Maikel Franco (ankle) drove in two runs in his return to the lineup Friday against the Cubs.
Franco had a sacrifice fly in the third inning before driving in a run with an infield single in the seventh. The 23-year-old made an early exit from Wednesday’s game after spraining his right ankle, but he should be good to go moving forward.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Hunter Pence (hamstring) could still return to the Giants lineup on Friday.
Pence will test out his hamstring in the outfield and on the bases before Friday's game. Even if he doesn't make his way into the lineup, it sounds as though he's close and should return in the next day or two.
Edwin Escobar will start for the Diamondbacks on Monday against the Astros.
It'll be the first big league start for the 24-year-old southpaw. He has been uninspiring in five starts at Triple-A Reno this season, compiling a 4.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 17/6 K/BB ratio across 25 innings. He can be safely avoided for fantasy purposes.
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale announced Friday that Archie Bradley will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start in place of the injured Shelby Miller on Sunday.
Bradley has been outstanding at Triple-A this year, but has again struggled in his spot starts with the big league club. While the talent is there, he makes for a risky fantasy proposition until he shows the ability to get major league hitters out on a consistent basis.