Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Nationals.
Byrd, who was one of many notable untraded players on the Phillies, hit a go-ahead solo home run in the sixth inning off Doug Fister. It was his only hit of the game, but that run would end up being the difference, as neither team scored again. The bomb was Byrd's 21st and gave him his 63rd RBI on the year. He's slashing .271/.319/.481 on the year.
Roenis Elias pitched well in a losing effort against the Orioles on Friday, surrendering two runs (one earned) on seven hits over his 5 2/3 innings.
Elias punched out seven on the evening while walking just one. Unfortunately for him, Wei-Yin Chen was a bit better on the other side of the diamond and held the Mariner bats in check. He'll bring a 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 117/46 K/BB ratio into Thursday's matchup against the White Sox.
David Ross was forced to leave Friday's game against the Yankees due to a recurrence of his plantar fasciitis.
It's an injury that Ross has been dealing with for some time now, and has been noticeably hobbled while running the bases of late. He shouldn't be expected to return to the Red Sox lineup for at least a couple of days.
Ryan Vogelsong allowed just two hits in a complete game 5-1 win over the Mets on Friday night.
It was the second complete game of his career and his first of the nine-inning variety. Vogelsong needed 102 pitches to go the distance, walking just one batter while striking out five. This was his first win since way back on June 21, which brings him to 6-8 with a 3.74 ERA for the year. He'll try to keep it going next week against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Roberto Hernandez pitched eight innings of one-run ball to pick up his sixth win of the season on Friday against the Nationals.
Hernandez was incredibly efficient in his eight innings of work, throwing only 94 pitches. The lack of both strikeouts (three) and walks (one) help to explain that. He gave up an RBI single to Ian Desmond in the second and that was all she wrote. The win moves Hernandez to 6-8 on the season. Hernandez holds a 3.87 ERA. This marks back-to-back starts in which Hernandez has gone seven innings or deeper.
Carlos Gonzalez was removed from Friday's game against the Tigers after aggravating his right ankle sprain.
Gonzalez made a tremendous sliding catch along the right field wall to end the fifth inning, but paid the price for doing so. Consider him day-to-day for now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him held out on Saturday for precautionary reasons.
Doug Fister tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday.
Fister was fantastic, but ended up the tough luck loser in this one, as Roberto Hernandez was just a little better. The deciding blow was a sixth inning Marlon Byrd solo home run. Fister allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five. This was the sixth start in his last ten in which he's gone at least seven innings. The loss dropped him to 10-3. He'll take his 2.68 ERA out against the Mets next time around.
Jon Niese allowed five runs (three earned) over eight-plus innings in a loss to the Giants on Friday night.
The Giants were very aggressive against Niese, who ended up throwing just 87 pitches. The southpaw dug a hole for himself by committing an error in the second inning, which opened the door for two runs to score. He has now lost three straight starts since coming off the disabled list while seeing his ERA go from 2.88 to 3.23. He'll face the Nationals on the road next week.