Adam Duvall swatted his 10th home run of the season as the Reds fell to the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday.
Duvall got the Reds started with a bang, smashing a three-run homer off of Brewers starter Zach Davies in the first inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has taken the club's starting gig in left field and ran with it this season, slashing .261/.293/.556 with 10 long balls and 22 RBI.
John Lamb was demolished in Friday's loss to the Brewers, getting shelled for six runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Lamb walked three and struck out three on the evening. The Brewers scratched out single runs in the first and third innings, then broke the game open with a four-run fourth. Lamb has been brutal in his limited time in the rotation, registering a 6.85 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 14/12 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings over five starts. It doesn't get any easier for the young southpaw either, as he'll travel to Coors Field to take on the Rockies on Wednesday.
Tyler Chatwood allowed just an unearned run over seven innings in Friday’s 5-2 win over the Giants.
And at Coors Field, to boot. Chatwood allowed just four hits and walked none while striking out three batters. He’s the first Rockies pitcher to throw seven innings or more with zero earned runs and zero walks at Coors Field since Juan Nicasio did it on July 15, 2011. Yep, it has been a while. Chatwood entered Friday’s action with a 6.65 ERA in four starts at home this season, so we wouldn’t say that he has turned a new leaf here. While the peripherals aren’t overly impressive, he has managed a 2.69 ERA through 10 starts overall. He remains a decent matchup play, though this start won’t change the fact that he’s best utilized on the road.
Jake McGee notched a one-out save Friday against the Giants.
McGee was called upon after Miguel Castro gave up a two-out RBI single to Gregor Blanco to bring the Giants to within three runs. He only faced one batter and got pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson to pop out to third base to end it. Fantasy owners will happily take the save. The 29-year-old hasn’t allowed a run in nine straight appearances and owns a 3.38 ERA with 14 saves in 16 chances.
Albert Suarez allowed three runs over five innings in relief on Friday against the Rockies.
Suarez entered the game in the second inning after Matt Cain left with a hamstring strain. The 26-year-old did fine under the circumstances, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out three. He was also credited with an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Suarez is a candidate to fill in if Cain needs a stint on the disabled list, though he’s not on the mixed league radar.
Jung Ho Kang homered and drove home three runs on Friday as the Pirates routed the Rangers 9-1 in Texas.
Kang clobbered a three-run homer that capped off a five-run uprising in the fifth inning. It was one of four home runs that the Pirates would hit in the contest, with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco each leaving the yard as well. Kang finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .308/.367/.731 with six homers and 17 RBI in his first 60 plate appearances.
Trevor Story went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Giants on Friday.
Story doubled in the fourth to knock in a run before adding an RBI single in the eighth. The 23-year-old has hit out of the No. 2 spot all season, but his recent struggles have pushed him down to the seventh spot in back-to-back games. It’s not a sure thing to continue, but Rockies manager Walt Weiss is going with the contact-oriented DJ LeMahieu out of the No. 2 spot instead.
Nolan Arenado had an RBI double Friday against the Giants.
Arenado entered Friday’s action hitting just .178 (8-for-45) over his last 12 games. Hopefully getting back to Coors Field will get him rolling again. Despite the recent struggles, he’s still tied for the NL lead with 36 RBI.