Kyle Gibson pitched a great game on Sunday, surrendering two runs over seven innings in an extra-innings win over the Mariners.
Gibson struck out three and walked three in the contest. Both of the Mariner runs off Gibson came in the fourth inning, when Seth Smith hit a solo homer and Logan Morrison managed an RBI grounder. Gibson recovered to make it through seven innings, though he would not factor into the decision. Despite the great start, Gibson's overall numbers are troubling. He boasts a 5/12 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings and a 1.70 WHIP. Predictably, his ERA is close to 5.00. Gibson strikes out so few batters that he absolutely has to show pinpoint control, and that has rarely been the case this season. Until he improves his control, he's not usable in mixed leagues. He'll try to build off of Sunday's start when the White Sox waltz to town next weekend.
Josh Reddick drove in a run with a triple in Sunday's loss to the Astros.
Reddick finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The triple was his first of the season and extended his current hitting streak to five games. Given that he opened the 2015 campaign on the DL with an oblique injury (and has not played more than 114 games in either of the last two seasons), it's a great sign that he feels healthy enough to push himself on the bases. His current hot streak has pushed his slash line to an impressive .348/.412/.522.
Luke Gregerson pitched a clean ninth inning against the A's on Sunday, notching his fourth save of the season.
The Astros scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning on an Evan Gattis double and Gregerson made sure that his teammates' comeback efforts were not in vain, nailing down the save to secure a 7-6 win. It was a nice rebound, as it comes just two days after Gregerson blew a 10th inning opportunity. He's now 4-for-5 in save opportunities and sports an even 2.00 ERA and 8/1 K/BB ratio over nine innings.
Drew Pomeranz struggled against the Astros on Sunday, surrendering five runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings.
Pomeranz struck out four and walked three in the outing. The Astros tagged him for three runs in the third and two in the fourth. The runs in the third came on a pair of RBI singles, while Jake Marisknick's two-run homer supplied the damage in the fourth. Pomeranz's current 4.50 ERA is more or less indicative of what you can expect from the pitcher. He will pitch effectively at times, but shouldn't be seen as much more than a league-average starter. The 26-year-old southpaw will take to the road against the Rangers in his next outing.
Neil Walker went 3-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Sunday, leading the Pirates offensive attack in an 8-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Walker's two-run double off Jeremy Hellickson in the fifth inning plated a pair of runs and gave the Pirates a 4-0 lead. He also drew a walk and scored a run on the afternoon. Serving primarily as the team's cleanup hitter this season, Walker is off to a strong start hitting .300/.333/.457 with nine RBI in the early going.
Adam Wojciechowki allowed five runs in four innings during Sunday's win over the A's.
Wojciechowski did not factor into the decision. He surrendered two runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth while striking out four and walking two. This was the right-hander's second start since being recalled from Triple-A to replace an injured Brad Peacock (hip). In those two starts, he's allowed nine runs in eight innings. He'll get the Mariners at home in his next outing.
Francisco Liriano delivered a strong performance in Sunday's victory over the Diamondbacks, whiffing six over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.
In typical Liriano fashion, the hard-throwing southpaw allowed just two hits but issued six walks, giving the Diamondbacks ample scoring chances. He was able to make big pitches in key situations though and came through the outing unscathed. He now sports a 2.22 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 30/12 K/BB ratio across 24 1/3 frames on the season. He'll look to replicate this effort when he does battle against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday.
Aaron Hill's rough start to the 2015 season continued on Sunday as he went hitless in a losing effort against the Pirates.
He finished the afternoon 0-for-2 and left two men stranded. If the Diamondbacks are hoping to build his trade value and then flip him elsewhere, his atrocious .156/.208/.200 slash certainly isn't helping their cause.