Gerrit Cole allowed only a pair of unearned runs over seven innings to pick up his eighth win of the season against the Giants on Monday.
Jung Ho Kang's fielding error and a wild pitch contributed to the Giants scoring twice in the first inning. Cole settled down from there, limiting the Giants to five hits and a pair of walks while striking out nine. The 24-year-old has been among baseball's best, now 8-2 with a 1.90 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and a 79/16 K/BB ratio over 71 innings. Cole will take the hill against the Braves in Atlanta next.
Andrew Cashner struck out 12, but allowed six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings to get the loss as the Padres fell 7-0 to the Mets on Monday.
Cashner's line is one of the weirder ones you'll see this season. He gave up 11 hits and didn't issue a walk along with the 12 punch-outs. The Mets rallied for four runs in the fifth inning to chase Cashner from the game. The right-hander is now 2-8 on the season with a 3.46 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a 72/15 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings. Cashner will try to get back in the win column in Cincinnati against the Reds in his next start.
Matt Kemp went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being ejected in Monday's loss to the Mets.
Kemp was ahead in the count 3-1 in the eighth inning, but was ejected mid at-bat by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna. Manager Bud Black was tossed as well. Alexi Amarista came off the bench to pinch-hit and lined out. Kemp has not done much at the plate this season, batting just .246/.282/.329 with one home run and 26 RBI.
Ruben Tejada had three hits and scored twice in five at-bats as the Mets took down the Padres on Monday.
Tejada now has three multi-hit games out of his last four. He doubled and scored in the first inning, then singled and scored in the fifth. Tejada was recently anointed the club's regular third baseman by manager Terry Collins. He has good job security as long as David Wright is out and he's hitting. Tejada is batting .274/.357/.419 with eight RBI and nine runs scored in 70 plate appearances.
Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI single, and a two-run home run in Monday's victory versus the Padres.
Murphy started the scoring early with an RBI single in the first inning. He added a two-run home run in the fifth, starting a four-run rally. Murphy has been up-and-down offensively this year, but is currently hitting .286/.337/.418 with four home runs and 29 RBI.
Jacob deGrom was excellent in a winning effort on Monday, shutting the Padres out over eight innings of work.
DeGrom was flirting with a perfect game until Clint Barmes singled to right field to lead off the sixth inning. It was one of only two hits the right-hander gave up on the evening. He also struck out eight without issuing a walk. A few mediocre outings earlier in the season had deGrom's ERA as high as 3.46, but it's all the way down to 2.41 now along with a terrific 0.99 WHIP and a 71/13 K/BB ratio in 71 innings. He'll try to win his fourth straight decision in a weekend road start against the Diamondbacks.
Archie Bradley struggled and took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings as the Diamondbacks fell 8-1 to the Braves on Monday.
The Braves rallied against Bradley in the second inning, using four singles, a double, and a walk to plate three runs. They scored two more in the fifth inning on a Freddie Freeman home run. Bradley gave up eight hits and walked three while striking out one overall on the evening. The rookie has struggled in four starts after he was hit with a line drive. He's carrying a 5.80 ERA on the year with a 1.63 WHIP and a 23/22 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. Bradley will look for better results his next time out at home against the Mets.
Alex Wood earned the win with a terrific outing on Monday against the Diamondbacks, allowing only one run in eight innings.
The only run came in on an Ender Inciarte sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Wood scattered seven hits without issuing a walk while striking out four. The lefty is on a hot streak, posting a 1.88 ERA over his last four starts. On the year, he's carrying a 3.19 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and a 42/18 K/BB ratio in 62 innings. Wood will look to win in his fourth consecutive start when he faces the Pirates at home next.