Adam Wainwright limited the Brewers to two runs over seven innings Saturday in a 10-2 Cardinals victory.
Wainwright was staked to a massive early lead and went into cruise control, walking none and fanning four. He'll finish the second half of the 2014 regular season with a fantastic 12-4 record, 1.83 ERA, and 0.91 WHIP. The Cardinals are now tied for first place in the National League Central with the Brewers, who have dropped seven straight games.
Jimmy Nelson was hammered for eight runs -- six earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Saturday by the Cardinals.
Nelson looked hittable from the start, yielding three runs in the first inning, two runs in the second inning, and one in the third. The Cardinals then poured on two more runs in the fifth en route to a 10-2 blowout win. Nelson has been outstanding this year at Triple-A Nashville, but he got a rude awakening at Miller Park on Saturday. The Brewers have lost seven straight games.
Indians acquired LHP Nick Maronde from the Angels for cash considerations.
Maronde had a 12.79 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched for the Angels this year.
Chris Johnson homered twice Saturday as the Braves won an 11-6 shootout against the Cubs.
Both starting pitchers were terrible on a day that the flood gates opened early and often at Wrigley Field. Johnson hit a two-run shot off Edwin Jackson in the top of the second inning and then took E-Jax deep again in the top of the fourth. He finished the afternoon with four RBI.
Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-5 with two runs scored Saturday in the Cubs' loss to the Braves.
Alcantara doubled in the first inning and then singled in the fifth. He's now 7-for-18 (.389) at the major league level and appears ready to take over as the Cubs' starting second baseman for good. The 22-year-old is worth grabbing in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Mike Minor was knocked around for six earned runs in six innings Saturday by a weak Cubs team.
Minor took a step in the right direction Monday against the Mets, allowing only two runs and two hits over seven strong innings, but his struggles returned Saturday at Wrigley Field. Chicago managed 11 hits off him -- including five doubles -- but the Atlanta offense was even better and netted him a victory. Minor has a disappointing 4.86 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the season.
Edwin Jackson was shelled for nine earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Saturday as the Cubs lost to the Braves.
E-Jax was dreadful, yielding seven hits -- including three home runs -- while walking four Atlanta hitters. He's now by far the highest-paid player on the Cubs and simply hasn't lived up to his $11 million salary, now with a 5.64 ERA and 1.58 WHIP on the season.
Shane Greene delivered 7 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday in the Yankees' 3-0 blanking of the Orioles.
Greene struck out nine and surrendered only four hits in the dominant outing. He looks to be locked into a rotation spot with the Yankees, but his numbers at Triple-A were never very good and the 25-year-old right-hander is probably due for some regression in the second half.