Justin Grimm won after allowing three runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings versus the Mariners on Friday.
With some help from Jeff Nelson. Grimm intercepted an attempted 3-6-3 double-play relay in the second inning tonight while first baseman Mitch Moreland was still reaching for the ball. Nelson never realized that the pitcher, not the first baseman, caught the ball and gave the Rangers the out. It proved to be an especially big play when Brendan Ryan followed with a rare double. Were the call gotten right, it doesn't seem nearly so likely that Grimm would have pitched into the seventh inning tonight.
Joe Saunders fell to 3-5 after giving up six runs in five innings against the Rangers on Friday.
The Mariners had to know Saunders would give up more than his share of homers and hits after adding him to their rotation; the surprise is that he's already walked 22 batters in 57 2/3 innings. Last year, he walked a total of 39 in 174 2/3 innings. Saunders is at best a matchup guy in AL-only leagues. He'll be worth playing next week when he gets a road start in San Diego.
Jeff Baker went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer before being removed for a pinch-hitter Friday against the Mariners.
Baker is only playing against left-handers, so manager Ron Washington made the switch back to David Murphy when the Mariners brought in a righty. Baker has been terrific at his job so far, hitting .354 with five homers in 48 at-bats. Still, his fantasy value is quite limited while he plays on average twice a week.
Michael Saunders turned in another hitless game from the leadoff spot Friday, dropping his average to .227.
Saunders is 3-for-27 with 13 strikeouts and no walks in his last eight games. It's not going to get him taken out of Seattle's lineup, but it might get him knocked down from the top of the order, at least for a bit. He's a No. 6 or 7 hitter on a decent offense.
Lance Lynn pitched six scoreless innings, striking out nine, in the Cardinals' 7-0 shutout of the Dodgers on Friday.
Lynn allowed two of the three hits surrendered by Cardinals pitching in the gem. He was removed after just 77 pitches, though there was no indication there was anything physically wrong with him. The Cardinals probably just wanted to give him a break with the game seemingly in hand.
Chris Capuano gave up six runs -- five earned -- in five innings Friday in a loss to the Cardinals.
Capuano turned in back-to-back strong outings before tonight's stinker against a fine St. Louis offense, so we'll let him off the hook. It wouldn't have mattered much if he had allowed only one or two runs anyway; the Dodger offense wasn't getting anything done in the shutout tonight.
David Freese returned to action on Friday went connected on a two-run homer and an RBI double against the Dodgers.
It was Freese's first game in five days because of a cut right thumb. He's gone 6-for-15 with two homers in his last four games, so it seems his long slump is over. Now if only he can stay in the lineup.
Tyler Chatwood blanked the Giants for six innings Friday to win his third straight start.
Josh Outman, Matt Belisle and Wilton Lopez finished the five-hit shutout in a 5-0. Chatwood is sporting a nifty 1.90 ERA in four starts since joining the rotation, so it looks like he'll last for a while. We still don't trust him, not with his subpar command and poor changeup.