Kennys Vargas, out of the starting lineup despite six hits this month, homered off the bench Wednesday against the A's.
Oddly enough, it's Vargas's third homer in 19 at-bats as a first baseman. He's hitting .167 with no homers in 62 at-bats as a designated hitter. Of course, the Twins aren't going to have him and Joe Mauer switch spots anytime soon, so he's going to have to perform better at DH to stick in the majors.
Hector Rondon escaped with his sixth save on Wednesday as the Cubs edged the Cardinals 6-5.
Rondon allowed a leadoff single to Peter Bourjos, who advanced to third base on an infield ground out on a hit-and-run. Rondon then walked Matt Holliday before getting Mark Reynolds to strike out and Jhonny Peralta to ground out to end the game. Rondon is now 6-for-7 in save chances with a 1.50 ERA and a 12/2 K/BB ratio in 12 innings.
Lance Lynn fell to 1-3 on Wednesday, giving up five runs in six innings to the Cubs.
Lynn allowed eight hits, half of which went for extra bases. He also walked two and struck out six. Anthony Rizzo did a lot of the damage, hitting a solo home run in the third and knocking in two runs with a double in the fifth. Lynn's ERA moves up to 3.82 with a 1.27 WHIP and a 42/10 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings. He'll try to rebound against the Indians in Cleveland in his next start.
Jon Lester picked up his second win of the season on Wednesday, allowing four runs (one earned) in seven innings against the Cardinals.
One of the unearned runs was Lester's fault, as he made a fielding error in the second inning that led to a run. Addison Russell committed the other error in the sixth that sparked a two-out, two-run rally for the Cardinals. Lester otherwise was decent, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out six. With a few good starts in a row, it looks like Lester has settled down. His ERA is down to 4.04 with a 1.32 WHIP and a 34/8 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. The Mets await him in a home start next.
Jhonny Peralta hit a solo home run in a losing effort against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Peralta went 1-for-5 on the evening, securing his only hit when he drilled a home run to left-center in the fourth inning against Jon Lester, pulling the Cardinals to within 3-2 at the time. It's only the third home run of the season for Peralta, but he's still done a good job at the plate, batting .298/.348/.452 with 13 RBI.
Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a solo home run to help the Cubs take down the Cardinals on Wednesday.
It was a back-and-forth affair between the NL Central rivals. Rizzo hit a solo home run in the third inning to push the Cubs' lead to 3-1. He added a two-run double in the fifth, making it a 5-2 ballgame. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak, batting .341/.474/.593 overall with five home runs, 15 RBI, and seven stolen bases.
Francisco Rodriguez got his sixth save of the season when he closed out Wednesday's 6-3 win against the Dodgers.
Rodriguez allowed a leadoff double to Adrian Gonzalez, but sandwiched strikeouts of Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke around an Andre Ethier fly out. The right-hander is perfect in six save opportunities with a 1.64 ERA and a 14/2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings.
Carlos Peguero went 3-for-4 with two homers Wednesday as the Rangers crushed the Astros 11-3.
Peguero, who didn't have a homer until Tuesday, is now tied for the Rangers lead at three with Kyle Blanks, who was just called up last week. Peguero has struck out a whopping 20 times in 41 official at-bats, but the power is real and he does have 10 walks to go along with his .238 average. He should be a fixture against right-handers until Josh Hamilton returns.