Kolten Wong hit an RBI triple in Saturday's win over the Brewers.
The second inning three-bagger was Wong's first of the season and his only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-4. Wong also struck out once and scored once. He's now hitting .288/.350/.442. If Jason Heyward continues to scuffle, Wong could see time in the two-hole. As of now, he's hitting sixth for yet another strong Cardinals team.
Severino Gonzalez will make a spot start Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Gonzalez's big league debut won't be an easy assignment, but the Phillies don't have many other options. Sean O'Sullivan is on the DL with a knee injury and Dustin McGowan is ill-equipped to be a starter. The 22-year-old Gonzalez has gone 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Lehigh.
Wily Peralta pitched well in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, allowing just two runs on seven hits in the contest.
Nice bounce-back outing for Peralta, who allowed six runs to the Reds in his last start. Against the Cardinals on Saturday, things went much more smoothly. He struck out four and walked just two while scattering seven hits across six innings. Peralta will need more starts like this if he wants to match his numbers from 2014, when, he boasted a 3.53 ERA and a 154/61 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings. A road outing against the Cubs is next on the docket.
David Lough's home run off of Koji Uehara in the bottom of the tenth inning gave the Orioles a 5-4 win.
The Orioles were actually down 4-3 entering the bottom of the tenth inning. The normally reliable Koji Uehara was unable to hold the lead, though, and after a Chris Davis sacrifice fly tied the contest at 4-4, Lough stepped to the plate and delivered his dramatic shot to win it. It was Lough's first home run of the season. Not surprising, given that he hit just four last year. Lough works mostly as a backup outfielder and a late-game defensive substitution. Walk-off home runs are just a bonus.
Corey Dickerson left Saturday's game in the seventh inning.
It's likely a recurrence of the plantar fasciitis Dickerson has battled throughout the year. Drew Stubbs has come on to take his place. Even after going 0-for-3, Dickerson is still hitting .317 with a .635 slugging percentage. If Dickerson misses Sunday's game, it will be his first absence of the season.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run off of Wei-Yin Chen in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Orioles.
The home run was Napoli's first of the season and doubled his RBI total to four. He also added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. Even with the big effort, his season-slash still sits at a paltry .183/.300/.283. Owners should exercise patience with Napoli. His tendency to whiff can lead to prolonged slumps, but so long as he remains healthy, he'll probably be good for 20+ home runs and a fair number of RBI in a stacked Red Sox lineup.
Trevor May left Saturday's game after taking a line drive off his right forearm.
The liner came off the bat of Kyle Seager. Tim Stauffer relieved May with one out in the fourth inning. May was charged with two runs on three hits, walking one with five strikeouts. May is likely headed for X-rays. We should know more after the game.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched a strong game against the Red Sox on Saturday, allowing just two runs over eight innings.
Chen surrendered just four hits while striking out five and walking one in the contest. Despite his sterling start, he didn't factor in the decision, though his team did ultimately pick up a 5-4 extra-innings win. Both runs Chen allowed came courtesy of a Mike Napoli two-run homer in the second inning. The 29-year-old's ERA now sits at 2.78 and he holds a 16/9 K/BB over 22 2/3 innings. He's been incredibly consistent since entering the majors in 2012, having never posted a single-season ERA higher than 4.07. Chen will try to keep on keepin' on against Rays in his next start.