Chad Billingsley was hit hard in his return to the Phillies starting rotation on Thursday, allowing six runs on 10 hits over his five innings of work.
The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out one on the evening. The Brewers jumped on him early and often in this one, pushing three runs across in the first inning and never looking back. While Billingsley has been awful this season, as evidenced by his 7.71 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio in 21 innings, the Phillies don't have any better options so he'll get the ball again on Tuesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Shawn Tolleson worked a perfect ninth inning against the Orioles on Thursday, protecting a two-run advantage to earn his 12th save of the season.
Tolleson continues to excel in his ninth inning role, converting each of his first 12 save chances while registering a 2.60 ERA and 35/7 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings. There's no reason to believe at this point that he won't keep the closer's gig for the remainder of the season.
Leonys Martin broke up a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the ninth inning on Thursday, leading the Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the Orioles.
Martin finished the night 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. He has been a major disappointment for the Rangers and fantasy owners alike this season, slashing a mere .225/.268/.328 with five homers, 24 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Yovani Gallardo extended his scoreless innings streak to 29 1/3 with another six shutout frames against the Orioles in a no-decision on Thursday.
The right-hander was once again superb, scattering just two hits and three walks on the evening while striking out two. He now boasts a tremendous 2.56 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 72/31 K/BB ratio over 102 innings on the season. He'll look to extend his dominance further when he does battle against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
David Lough was the lone bright spot on offense for the Orioles on Thursday, going 2-for-3 in a losing effort against the Rangers.
The Orioles were shut out by Yovani Gallardo and company on Thursday, with Lough tallying two of the team's three total hits. He has struggled for the most part in limited time with the O's, slashing just .216/.262/.351 on the season.
Kevin Gausman dazzled in a spot start against the Rangers on Thursday, racking up seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.
Gausman surrendered just four hits and two walks in the impressive outing. While he's supposed to be heading back to Triple-A Norfolk, it's hard to envision the Orioles keeping the struggling Bud Norris in the rotation much longer with Gausman ready to take over. His fantasy value the remainder of the season entirely hinges on him securing a spot in the starting rotation.
Cameron Maybin delivered a walk-off RBI single in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Nationals.
The game-winning rally was set up after pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco reached on an infield single and was moved over to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Jace Peterson. Maybin then hit a chopper just inside the third base line to plate Ciriaco for the win. The 28-year-old has had a huge first half with Atlanta, putting up a .281/.354/.388 batting line to go along with six home runs, 37 RBI, and 14 steals over 70 games.
Max Scherzer gave up two runs over 8 1/3 innings in a complete-game loss against the Braves on Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 until Scherzer gave up a walk-off single to Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the ninth. While he took the loss, it was still a heck of an outing. Scherzer allowed a total of five hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. He now has a 42/1 K/BB ratio over his last four starts and has gone the distance in three of them. Quite a run for someone who had one complete game over his first 210 starts in the majors.