Jason Grilli blew his first save of the year against the Reds on Wednesday, giving up a game-tying home run to Jay Bruce in the bottom of the ninth inning.
As Meatloaf said, 25 out of 26 ain't bad. The homer was Grilli's first allowed this year as well, and the earned run ballooned his ERA to 0.99. Everyone is entitled to a bad pitch every now and then; Grilli will be just fine.
Jay Bruce hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Jason Grilli and the Pirates on Wednesday.
Bruce picked a good time -- if you're a Reds fan, that is -- for his only hit of the night. The solo shot gave him 14 on the year to go with 49 RBI. The outfielder is now hitting .277/.323/.500 after a slow start.
Jeff Locke threw seven scoreless innings but was denied a win against the Reds on Wednesday.
Just when it seems Locke couldn't possibly be pitching better, he does. The southpaw kept the Reds off balance all night, giving up just four hits and three walks while striking out three. The only thing keeping him from being 7-1 was Jason Grilli's first blown save of the year. Locke will toe the rubber again on Tuesday against the Mariners in Seattle.
Bronson Arroyo allowed just one unearned run in seven innings of a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Arroyo was the victim of his own fielding blunder, as the unearned run scored on a fielding error he committed in the third inning. Otherwise he was spotless, keeping the Pirates off the scoreboard. He'll carry a 3.04 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the A's.
Rickie Weeks hit a game-winning two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Brewers beat the Astros 3-1 on Wednesday.
It was Weeks' first game hitting leadoff this year, and he responded by going 2-for-4 with the winning home run. The homer was his sixth of the season, and while he's taken a while to get going his average has been slowly rising since the middle of May. He's always a slow starter, so expect him to continue to get better as the season rolls on.
Francisco Rodriguez earned his fifth save of the season, number 299 of his career, against the Astros on Wednesday.
K-Rod is now just one away from 300, a number only 24 others have reached in baseball's history. Jim Henderson will be reinstalled as the Brewers' closer once K-Rod gets to the plateau, but even then Rodriguez should continue to be a valuable pitcher in leagues that count holds. He has a 0.68 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through 13 1/3 innings and will likely become the team's setup man once Henderson is back closing.
Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases on Wednesday, but the Astros fell to the Brewers.
Altuve took it upon himself to generate all the Astros offense on Wednesday, as he twice stole third base and scored the only Houston run on a sacrifice fly. The stolen bases gives him 16 on the year and seven in his last seven games.
Kyle Lohse allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Wednesday.
Lohse can't buy a win. The right-hander has limited teams to two earned runs over his last two starts with no wins to show for it, and he's won just two games all season. It doesn't take away from the effort on Wednesday, as he allowed six hits and two walks, striking out five. He'll look for better luck Tuesday against the Cubs.