Jonathan Lucroy's second home run of the game also served to give the Brewers a 4-3, walk-off victory over the Reds on Tuesday.
Lucroy homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the sixth inning, and leading off the ninth he took reliever Sam LeCure out to send the fans home happy. The homers were his first since July 4, also against the Reds. The All-Star catcher has now got 11 home runs to go with a .310/.381/.500 line on the year.
Allen Craig went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the Cardinals' loss to the Rays on Tuesday.
Craig was an odd choice to start against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi with left-handed-hitting outfielder Oscar Taveras sitting on the Cardinals' bench. Taveras entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and capped off an eight-pitch at-bat with a single into right-center field. Craig is hitting just .242/.292/.354 this season.
Jay Bruce returned to the lineup Tuesday and contributed an RBI double in the Reds' loss to the Brewers.
Bruce was given Monday off after he started the second half 0-for-11, and he responded with his 19th double to get the Reds on the board in the fourth inning. It was his first extra-base hit since July 8. Bruce is streaky and is currently in a down period, but fantasy owners need to stick with the talented 27-year-old as he works to break out of his funk.
Adam Wainwright was lit up for six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rays.
Wainwright had an abnormal amount of rest after pitching one inning in last week's 2014 MLB All-Star Game and looked off at home versus Tampa Bay, issuing four walks and surrendering six hits in the rough outing. He should be able to bounce back next week in San Diego. The ace right-hander still boasts a 2.02 ERA and 0.95 WHIP on the season.
The Cubs have promoted outfield prospect Albert Almora to Double-A Tennessee.
The No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Almora was batting .280/.304/.396 with six homers, 47 RBI and six stolen bases at High-A Daytona. The 20-year-old is still a long ways away from the majors but certainly has plenty of upside if he can hit his ceiling.
Aramis Ramirez hit his 12th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Reds.
Ramirez took Homer Bailey deep in the first inning, his first homer since June 26. The third baseman is hitting .284/.333/.455 with 46 RBI and isn't showing many signs of slowing down despite turning 36 years old last month.
The Cubs have promoted outfield prospect Jorge Soler to Triple-A Iowa.
Soler needed a new challenge after batting .415 with six homers over 65 at-bats at the Double-A level. The 22-year-old seems unlikely to get a promotion in September but could be a key member of the Cubs in 2015.
Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday's win over the Reds.
Braun hit one of the team's three solo home runs against Reds starter Homer Bailey on the evening. The blast was his 13th of the season, giving him 57 RBI and 50 runs scored. He's batting .304/.356/.534 with an OPS that's eighth-best in the National League. Assuming his nagging injuries don't play a major role, Braun should continue to be a nice fantasy contributor in the season's second half.