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Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless inning and struck out three while picking up the win on Friday against the Astros in extra innings.

Treinen did allow a walk, but that was it. It's the sixth victory of the season for the closer, and those wins are on top of the 32 saves he's picked up. Even more impressively, his ERA is now at 0.87, and the three strikeouts give Treinen 86 in 62 innings. There haven't been many closers -- or pitchers, period -- that have been better than Treinen in 2018.
Aug 18 - 8:06 AM

David Peralta was unavailable for Friday's game against the Padres because of an illness.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo lied to the media before the game, saying that Peralta was fine and would be available during the game. It's unclear if Peralta will be back in the lineup on Saturday.
Aug 18 - 2:54 AM

Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and three walks in the leading the Diamondbacks past the Padres 9-4 on Friday

Goldschmidt is batting .386 with four homers and four doubles during his current 10-game hitting streak. In spite of his first-half slump, it looks like he's going to finish with something pretty close to his usual numbers this season. The exception is in steals; he's stuck on five right now after finishing with 18 last season and 32 in 2016.
Aug 18 - 2:36 AM

Robbie Ray walked five and was lifted after allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

If the Diamondbacks make it into the NLDS, one wonders if Ray will even be a part of their rotation. He had been a little better of late, allowing two runs or fewer in three of his previous four starts, but the control still isn't where he needs it to be. His ERA stands at 4.91 right now, and it's scarcely been much lower than that at any point of the season.
Aug 18 - 2:33 AM

Joey Lucchesi lost to the Diamondbacks after giving up five runs in four innings Friday.

It was nearly a match for his previous start against Arizona, when he gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings on July 29. He has a 7.71 ERA in four starts against the Diamondbacks and a 2.80 ERA in 15 starts against everyone else. Unfortunately, his next start is a tough one; he'll get the Rockies in Colorado on Wednesday.
Aug 18 - 2:30 AM

Joe Mauer crunched a pinch-hit, three-run dinger to provide the key blow as the Twins beat the Tigers 5-4 on Friday.

The come-from-behind blast turned the game around as the Twins tried to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Mauer was getting the day off until called from the bench in a clutch situation. He has a relatively empty .274 batting average with four home runs and 37 RBI in 385 plate appearances in the final year of his $184 million contract. He is in his 15th season with the Twins.
Aug 18 - 2:29 AM

Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks and three runs scored on Friday.

Escobar has three homers in his last six games. Unfortunately, he's now gone a season-high seven straight games without a double, putting a big dent into his chances of getting to 60 (he's currently at 42).
Aug 18 - 2:26 AM

Manuel Margot homered Friday in the Padres' loss to the Diamondbacks.

Margot had a bad week, so now he's been sitting every third game again, even though he's a building block on a team playing out the string. The homer tonight was his sixth of the year. He's been a disappointment there and as a basestealer, but he's still been a perfectly fine regular for the Padres since a very rough first five weeks.
Aug 18 - 2:23 AM

Eddie Rosario went 1-for-4 and cracked a solo home run during a win against the Tigers on Friday.

He yanked a Matt Boyd offering over the wall as the Twins began their comeback in the sixth inning. The 26-year-old outfielder broke out at the plate last year and has kicked it up another notch this year. He has a .295 batting average with 21 home runs, 69 RBI, 77 runs scored and seven stolen bases through 119 games. That is excellent production considering the mediocre lineup surrounding him.
Aug 18 - 2:20 AM

Matt Olson hit his first career walkoff homer in the 10th as the A's edged the Astros on Friday.

The A's tied it on a very close play in the ninth -- pinch-runner Ramon Laureano was originally ruled out at the plate on Nick Martini's double, but the call was overturned on replay -- and then won the game an inning later to pull back within a game of the Astros in AL West. Olson's homer was his 23rd. While fantasy owners have been hoping for a run like the one that like he had in August and September of last season, Olson has been pretty consistently average all year. Still, the power is there for him to put up a 10-homer month.
Aug 18 - 2:17 AM

Taylor Rogers retired the last batter of the ballgame and was awarded with his first career save on Friday against the Tigers.

The Twins' bullpen is a hot mess since the departure of Fernando Rodney. The Twins came in to the ninth inning nursing a two-run lead and sent Matt Magill out to lock it down. He got the first two outs but gave up a run in the process, so they turned to the left-hander Rogers to get the final out against switch-hitter Jeimer Candelario. Rogers has one save and a 3.55 ERA in 54 games. He has a nice 58:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 50 2/3 innings and could see more save chances depending on platoon matchups in the ninth inning. Trevor Hildenberger will get most of the save chances but he hasn't been very good and could lose the closer's role at any time.
Aug 18 - 2:16 AM

Edwin Jackson pitched five innings of two-run ball against the Astros on Friday.

Jackson have up solo homers to Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado, but none of the other three hits or two walks against him did any damage. It's the ninth time in 10 starts for Oakland that Jackson has allowed three runs or fewer. The A's are 8-2 when he pitches.
Aug 18 - 2:13 AM

Roberto Osuna pitched a scoreless eighth for his first hold for the Astros on Friday.

Osuna has allowed just one run in five innings since being added to Houston's bullpen. The expected move into the closer's role could come now since Hector Rondon blew his fifth save in the ninth tonight.
Aug 18 - 2:12 AM

Hector Rondon took his fifth blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the A's.

Rondon gave up a walk and then an RBI double with one out. The runner was originally called out at the plate on the double, but replay correctly overturned it. Rondon was able to preserve the tie from there, but the Astros went on to lose in 10. One wonders if this might have been Rondon's final stand as a closer. He hasn't done badly, but he's blown two saves in a row and Roberto Osuna seems ready to take over.
Aug 18 - 2:10 AM

Mark Canha finished 0-for-4 against the Astros on Friday.

Canha has been an everyday guy for the A's of late, even though pretty much all of his production has come against lefties. He's batting .293/.343/.618 versus southpaws, compared to .223/.313/.326 against righties. He hasn't really hit anyone lately; he's without an RBI in August.
Aug 18 - 2:07 AM



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