Chris Devenski pitched well in his second start Thursday, holding the Mariners to one run over six innings in a no-decision.
Devenski struck out six on the evening and left in line for his first victory, but the bullpen -- in a somewhat ironic twist, given that Devenski was part of that bullpen tasked with holding leads just a few weeks ago -- let him down. Even so, he's now put forth two good starts since moving to the rotation. All he has to show for his performance is an 0-1 record, 1.46 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, but he'll try to change that Tuesday against the Indians.
Wade Miley allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Astros.
Miley allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. It wasn't quite the complete-game shutout he tossed his last time out, but Miley still left in line for his third win before the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Still, it was another promising turn after a poor month of April. Miley will carry a 4.74 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Rays.
White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.
Johnson was called up less than 12 hours ago to start against the Red Sox, but the White Sox won't be starting him again for the time being. Versus Boston, the 26-year-old right-hander surrendered four earned runs over five innings. While he could see future major league time this season, there's little to excite on a fantasy level.
Kyle Hendricks threw six shutout innings en route to the Cubs' 5-2 win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Hendricks allowed just two hits while walking two over his six innings of work. The right-hander struck out four. The win was his first since his season debut despite owning a nice 3.10 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through five starts. He's now 2-2 and will attempt to get over the .500 mark against the Padres on Tuesday.
Jayson Werth hit his sixth home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.
Werth hit the dong, a two-run shot, in the ninth inning against reliever Travis Wood. It was his only hit in four at-bats. Werth now has three homers in his last six games, going 7-for-22 in that span. He's hitting a less robust .222/.294/.478 on the year.
Tommy La Stella went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Drawing another start, the infielder had a double among his three hits, scoring twice on Ben Zobrist hits. Not only was he in the lineup, the 27-year-old occupied choice real estate batting second between Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant. Cubs manager Joe Maddon seems content to ride the hot hand, and that's La Stella, who's now batting .341/.413/.561 in 16 games.
Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Zobrist came through with a two-run single in the fourth inning before blasting a two-run homer in the eighth. The homer was his second in as many games and his third of the season. After a bit of a slow start, the 34-year-old is batting .261/.377/.413 with 20 RBI and 17 runs scored.
Joe Ross struck out nine while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.
Ross pitched well enough to win, especially against that offense, giving up five hits and walking two on the evening. Alas, he instead took his first loss of 2016, dropping to 3-1 through five starts. In those five appearances he owns a stellar 1.23 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 23/9 K/BB ratio. Perhaps he'll find a better fate Tuesday against the Tigers in an interleague battle.