Hanley Ramirez finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday.
Ramirez's leadoff blast to straight-away center field off reliever Mario Hollands in the eighth inning provided the Dodgers a valuable insurance run in what was, at the time, a 3-2 affair. This was a much-needed positive performance from the scuffling star who entered play batting just .234. The media had speculated that Han-Ram was still suffering from hand pain stemming from his beaning in San Francisco last week; in the six games since, he'd gone 2-for-22 (.091 average), with both hits being singles. But the shortstop insisted it wasn't a problem, and he perhaps ended that discussion this evening.
Kenley Jansen struck out one over a perfect ninth inning to lock down his eighth save of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Phillies.
Jansen tossed 17 pitches in a tie game (and eventual loss) on Tuesday night and turned around 24 hours later to finish off the Phillies with 14 offerings. Jansen, now 8-for-10 in save conversions to go with a 3.46 ERA and 1.54 WHIP, has dialed up four straight scoreless appearances. He's appeared in five games over the past week, so Brian Wilson might be called upon if the Dodgers manufacture a save opportunity on Thursday.
Zack Greinke punched out 11 Phillies while surrendering two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 victory on Wednesday.
Greinke surrendered only five hits -- one of them inexplicable -- and a walk. Skipper Don Mattingly allowed Greinke to bat in the seventh inning -- despite the fact that he was over 100 pitches -- and the hurler improbably doubled and then scored on Yasiel Puig's triple. Greinke then allowed a game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Jayson Nix to lead off the eighth and was promptly yanked for J.P. Howell. All is well that ends well, we suppose. Greinke improves to 4-1 lifetime against the Phillies. He'll take a 4-0 record, 2.45 ERA and 0.99 WHIP into a stellar matchup on Tuesday at Target Field against the Twins.
In his season debut, Cole Hamels allowed two runs on six hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers.
Activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, the southpaw struck out five and walked one. He showed no ill-effects from the biceps tendinitis that robbed him of the first three weeks of the schedule, but that wasn't a surprise after his strong showing on a rehab assignment. Hamels will toe the rubber at home against the Mets on Tuesday.
Glen Perkins picked up his fourth save with a perfect 12th inning as the Twins defeated the Rays 6-4 on Wednesday.
Perkins had no issue getting through the Rays' 4-5-6 hitters, getting a weak fly ball, a ground ball, and a strike out for his fourth save. He has a 4.00 ERA on the season, but hasn't allowed a run in his last six appearances.
Josh Lueke allowed two runs in two innings of relief work, taking the loss as the Rays lost to the Twins in 12 innings on Wednesday.
Lueke put runners on second and third with no outs in the 12th inning before serving up a two-run single to Chris Colabello to break a 4-4 tie. Lueke's peripherals have been decent -- nine strikeouts and one unintentional walk -- but he's also allowed runs in five of his 10 appearances.
Jake Odorizzi turned in his third consecutive mediocre start, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Twins on Wednesday in a no-decision.
Odorizzi allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five. His big mistake came in the fourth inning when Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run, part of a four-run fourth inning. Odorizzi has a 6.52 ERA over four starts and will look to get back on track against the White Sox next.
Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings and took the no-decision as the Twins defeated the Rays in 12 innings on Wednesday.
Pelfrey took the mound in the sixth inning but was removed after allowing a single and hitting a batter. Overall, Pelfrey allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out one. The right-hander has not been reliable for the Twins over four starts, as he has a 7.32 ERA with an 8/15 K/BB ratio. He'll have a tough match-up in the Dodgers in his next start.