Chris Archer pitched well in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings.
Archer struck out eight without walking a batter. He was ultra-efficient with his pitches and finished the evening having thrown just 84 (60 strikes). Corey Seager and Justin Turner burned him for RBI singles in the third inning, with the final run on his line coming home on a monster solo homer by Yasmani Grandal in the seventh. Whether he makes another start with the Rays remains to be seen. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier in July that a rival executive sees a 70% chance that Archer is traded to the Dodgers prior to the deadline. He has pitched to a 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 155/51 K/BB ratio over the course of 130 1/3 innings.
Bud Norris turned in a gem in Tuesday's win over the Rays, hurling 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.
Norris struck out six and walked two on the evening. He allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a single to Steve Pearce. And that was it. Pearce's single with one out in the seventh inning would cause manager Dave Roberts to make the call to the bullpen. The crisp outing is made all the more remarkable for the fact that Norris threw 23 pitches out of the pen in the 15th and 16th innings against the Cardinals on Friday. His last three starts prior to Tuesday saw him allow 14 runs on 21 hits in 15 innings. The outing before that stretch? Six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Norris' inconsistency equals out to a 4.27 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92/35 K/BB ratio over 99 innings between the Braves and Dodgers. He will try to keep things together in a home start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Athletics past the Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday.
Reddick hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and added an RBI single an inning later. It was a nice little showcase for the 29-year-old, who has been the subject of trade rumors in recent days. His .296/.373/.442 line has certainly increased his value, as have his seven homers, 27 RBI, 30 runs scored and four steals this year. We'll know soon enough whether the big night was his last as a member of the A's.
Joey Gallo hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.
So it begins. Gallo muscled a Sonny Gray pitch to left-center in the fifth inning to get the Rangers on the board. It was his only hit in four at-bats, and he struck out in two of the four at-bats. That's a typical Gallo night, as he'll strike out plenty but he hits it plenty far when he makes contact. The power makes him fantasy relevant, but the propensity to swing and miss makes him a high-risk, high-reward player.
Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo home run in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Crisp got the scoring started with a solo blast in the fourth inning, and he capped it with his RBI double in the ninth. The homer was his eighth of the year and his first since June 26. The 36-year-old outfielder is batting .237/.304/.405 with 41 RBI, 40 runs scored and five steals through 80 games to date.
Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
Semien connected for a solo dinger off Rangers starter Nick Martinez in the fifth inning, his 21st big fly of the year. That's easily a personal best for the 25-year-old, who will also set a new high for RBI in a season this year. Overall, Semien is hitting .236/.303/.460 with 49 RBI, 49 runs scored and nine steals.
Nick Martinez allowed five runs, including three home runs, over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.
Martinez gave up homers to Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien, accounting for four of the five runs allowed and three of the Athletics' six hits against him. It wasn't the outing he was hoping for in his return to the bigs, as the start was his first in nearly a month after being sent to Triple-A on July 9. Martinez holds a 7.18 ERA and 1.97 WHIP as a member of the Rangers this year, and it's hard to imagine they'll give him another start given the results.
Sonny Gray struck out eight while allowing three runs over six innings in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
It wasn't all good -- Gray still gave up two homers among his five hits allowed -- but the eight strikeouts were the most he's had in a single start this year. He's won two of his last three starts, but the right-hander still isn't himself, owning a 5.43 ERA and 1.48 WHIP through 19 starts overall. Gray will look to carry over some positive momentum when he takes on the Angels on Tuesday.