Joe Ross held the Phillies to one run over seven innings of work in Tuesday's 5-1 victory.
Aaron Nola pitched well, but Ross was a bit better. He permitted just three hits and two walks on the night while striking out five, throwing 103 pitches across his seven frames. Ross' strikeouts have been down from his rookie season, as he's punched out a disappointing 46 over 60 2/3 innings. However, he'll carry a 2.37 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into June. Ross gets the White Sox next.
Julio Urias could start Thursday at Wrigley Field.
That would be Kenta Maeda's turn, and Maeda is currently questionable with a swollen right hand. Urias hasn't pitched since his MLB debut last Friday night against the Mets, so he's available. But the Braves at home this weekend would obviously be a much safer matchup than the Cubs for real-life and fantasy purposes. Urias was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night with Alex Wood (elbow) landing on the disabled list.
Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
The homer, off Brewers reliever David Goforth in the eighth inning, was Gyorko's sixth of the season. The infielder has been utilized in a part-time role this season, batting .245/.325/.451 with those six homers, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored through 38 games.
Aaron Nola held the Nationals to two runs over six innings but was tagged with a loss on Tuesday.
Nola was a little shaky in the first two frames, as he served up a solo shot to Jayson Werth in the first and had to pitch around a runner on third, no-out jam in the second. He settled in after that but gave up a go-ahead dinger to Daniel Murphy in the sixth and that was all she wrote. Although he's just 4-4, Nola boasts a 2.88 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 76/13 K/BB ratio over his first 72 innings. He'll face the Brewers at home on Sunday in his first start of June.
Wily Peralta allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.
The final score was lopsided, but Peralta actually did his best to keep the Brewers in the game. Alas, he took his sixth loss while improving his ERA to 6.51. You read that correctly. Peralta has been better in his past three starts, allowing three runs or fewer in each, and he'll look to continue trending in the right direction Sunday against the Phillies.
Mike Leake held the Brewers to two runs over six innings in a win Tuesday.
Leake gave up a home run to Jonathan Lucroy but yielded just five hits and a walk in total. The right-hander struck out four in the outing. Leake had a three-game winning streak snapped his last time out, but he's still 4-1 in his last five with five straight quality starts. He'll carry a 3.82 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Tuesday's start against his former team, the Reds.
Daniel Murphy singled and ripped a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.
Another day, another big night for Murphy, who evidently hasn't been told that the 2015 postseason is over. The second baseman put the Nationals ahead with a solo blast off of Aaron Nola in the sixth inning and that proved to be the winning run. Murphy finishes the first two months of the season with an improbable .397/.428/.634 batting line.
Corey Seager went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Cubs.
Seager had a couple hits and a run scored before launching a three-run shot in the ninth to extend the Dodgers' lead. The homer was his ninth of the season, giving him 27 RBI. Seager has largely been as advertised in his rookie year, batting .278/.333/.474 while batting near the top of the Dodgers' lineup on a daily basis.