Jose Fernandez only lasted five innings and gave up three runs on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but he still managed to earn his third win.
Fernandez hasn't been able to find his groove this year. He needed 60 to get through his first three innings, and that was without surrendering a single run. Those three came in the fourth and fifth frames. The 23-year-old righty has a 4.28 BB/9 and even with the some of the best stuff in the majors, he's discovering that he needs refine his command and his approach on the mound if he's going to find consistent success against big-league lineups. His ERA increased to 4.28 in 33 2/3 innings. He'll look to post gaudy numbers against a vulnerable Brewers lineup next Monday.
Russell Martin looped a walk-off single over the head of Nomar Mazara in right field to secure a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Martin took reliever Tony Barnette to deep right field with the bases loaded to plate the winning run. It's been a difficult season for the 33-year-old catcher, as he's dealt with neck stiffness that has kept him from playing everyday and has hindered his abilities at the plate. He's hitting .169/.241/.183 and has just one extra-base hit all year, though his walk-off single would've been a double in any other situation.
Roberto Osuna entered in a non-save situation in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Rangers, but was rewarded with his first win of the season.
It's hard to remember that Osuna is only 21 years old and never pitched above High-A before making the jump to the majors. He's emerged as one of the best relievers in the league. It's not supposed to be that easy. The righty worked an easy ninth inning in a tie game on Wednesday, and Russell Martin's walk-off single ensured that Osuna would pick up his first win of the year and only the second major-league run of his career. He now has a 2.08 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in 13 innings.
Edwin Encarnacion launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning of Wednesday's win over the Rangers, finishing the day 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Encarnacion hasn't quite hit his stride in 2016, but he's still driving in runs and the power is showing signs of coming around. The 33-year-old got a mid-80s fastball up in the zone from Colby Lewis and promptly deposited it in the second deck of the left-field stands. He's hitting .245/.306/.400 with four homers and 18 RBI.
Rougned Odor led off the game with a double and went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Odor has now collected a hit in seven of his last eight games and is hitting .382 over that same stretch. He's been a top-five fantasy second baseman and is starting to show some power. Two homers and four doubles have come in these past eight games. The 22-year-old now has a .283/.321/.472 slash line with four homers and four stolen bases in 112 plate appearances.
Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision after seven quality innings of three-run ball against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Things got off to a shaky start, as Sanchez allowed three base hits to the first three batters he faced, but the right-hander recovered nicely to collect his fifth quality start of the season. Aside from the six-run disaster against the Athletics on April 22, Sanchez has only surrendered six earned runs in 34 innings. Overall, he has a 2.82 ERA with a strong 3.32 FIP, indicating that his strong start perhaps has some staying power. He'll look to carry over his momentum when he takes the rubber against the Giants on the road on Monday.
Colby Lewis limited the powerful Blue Jays to just three runs in seven innings, but didn't factor into the decision on Wednesday.
No one expected Lewis to escape Wednesday's contest without giving up a home run, which he did in the sixth inning, a two-run shot to Edwin Encarnacion. But the right-hander threw strikes and exploited the Jays' swing-and-miss tendencies to fan seven batters in his seven innings. He now has a 3.32 ERA in 38 innings and will get the White Sox at home next Monday.
Steven Souza exited Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with a pectoral spasm.
Souza whacked a solo home run in the fourth inning for his lone hit in two at-bats. The pectoral issue raised its ugly head several innings later and he was replaced in center field by Kevin Kiermaier in the seventh inning. Per the Rays, Souza's injury is not considered major.