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Chris Iannetta had a three-run homer and a grand slam as part of an eight-RBI night as the Diamondbacks beat the Marlins 13-11 on Friday.

A career high in RBI, topping the seven-RBI game he had against the Padres three months ago in June. Iannetta, who spent way too much of the first half playing behind Jeff Mathis, is hitting .257/.356/.514 with 15 homers in just 257 at-bats. That's pretty good for someone the Diamondbacks lucked into when no one else wanted to make a significant commitment; he's playing for just $1.5 million after signing in January.
Sep 23 - 2:19 AM

Zack Greinke was pulled after allowing eight runs in four innings Friday against the Marlins.

It's the first time all year that he's allowed more than six runs. He have given up seven total in his previous five starts. Tonight's outing took his ERA from 2.87 to 3.18, his highest mark since early June. He's slated to face the Giants next week in his final start of the regular season.
Sep 23 - 2:15 AM

Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth against the Marlins on Friday for his 300th career save.

300 saves is pretty good for a guy who had a total of 20 through age 30 and has been left for dead on several occasions since. He's saved 39 games this year despite a 4.42 ERA. As shaky as he can be, the stuff is still there; he's fanned 61 in his 53 innings and allowed just three homers.
Sep 23 - 2:12 AM

Justin Verlander gave up just one hit over seven scoreless frames in Friday’s 3-0 victory over the Angels.

Verlander and Garrett Richards matched each other through six innings, but the Astros pulled away in the seventh when Yuli Gurriel took Yusmeiro Petit deep. Verlander struck out six and walked a pair in the victory. He's now 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 32/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings through four starts with his new team.
Sep 23 - 2:12 AM

Garrett Richards allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

Richards struck out six and walked just one while throwing 51 out of 85 pitches for strikes. The only hit was a double from Josh Reddick in the first inning. The Angels have to thrilled with how Richards has looked since returning. He should be ready for something approaching a normal starter’s workload when he pitches against the White Sox next week.
Sep 23 - 2:11 AM

Adam Conley lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Only 19 of Conley's 36 pitches were strikes, and most of those were hit hard. After a modestly encouraging nine-start run to begin the second half, Conley has given up 17 runs over 16 innings in four starts during September. That's not going to help his cause for being penciled into the 2018 rotation.
Sep 23 - 2:10 AM

Ken Giles worked out of a jam for his 33rd save of the season Friday versus the Angels.

It wasn’t easy, as Giles gave up leadoff single to Ben Revere before walking Kole Calhoun. That brought Mike Trout to the plate as the tying run, but Giles got him to ground into a double play. Justin Upton then fouled out to first base to end the game. Giles has a ridiculous 1.27 ERA in 27 appearances during the second half.
Sep 23 - 2:10 AM

Yuli Gurriel carried the load for the Astros’ offense by slugging a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Angels.

His seventh-inning blast against Yusmeiro Petit was the only offense of the night for either team. He’s now up to 18 homers and 72 RBI to go along with a .299/.330/.488 batting line. He’s hitting .354 (17-for-48) this month.
Sep 23 - 2:09 AM

Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday’s win over the Angels.

Altuve singled to begin the bottom of the seventh inning and proceeded to steal second base before Yulieski Gurriel followed with a three-run homer. The stolen base was his 32nd of the season, though it was just his first since September 3. He’s one behind Whit Merrifield for the American League lead. The 27-year-old is batting .346/.409/.555 with 24 homers, 80 RBI, and 105 runs scored through 146 games this season. He’s looking like the odds-on favorite for AL MVP honors.
Sep 23 - 2:09 AM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored Friday against the Marlins.

Martinez has 26 homers in 55 games for the Diamondbacks after hitting a paltry 16 in 57 games for the Tigers. It looks like he's going to be cutting it very close to whether he gets to qualify for the slugging and OPS crowns without a penalty; he's at 462 plate appearances with eight games to do. He'd need exactly 40 in the remaining eight games, so that'd go out the window if the Diamondbacks decided to rest him at all.
Sep 23 - 2:08 AM

Mike Trout went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Astros.

Trout had a chance to play hero in the ninth inning, as he represented the potential tying run, but he grounded into a double play against Astros’ closer Ken Giles. He’s the greatest player on the planet and continues to get on base at a ridiculous clip, but his September has been rather quiet compared to his usual lofty standards. He’s hitting .231 (15-for-65) with two homers, five RBI, six steals, and 15 runs scored over 19 games.
Sep 23 - 2:08 AM

Marcell Ozuna hit a pair of homers, walked and scored three times Friday versus the Diamondbacks.

Ozuna drove in three runs, giving him 118 RBI for the year. He'd have a great chance of breaking the Marlins' single-season RBI record of 121, set by Preston Wilson in 2000, except for the fact that Giancarlo Stanton just tied it tonight.
Sep 23 - 2:03 AM

Rich Hill pitched six innings of one-run ball and struck out nine Friday as the Dodgers beat the Giants 4-2 to clinch the NL West.

It's the fifth straight year the Dodgers have won the division. Hill's performance has been rather up and down this season, but he's stayed healthier than anyone should have expected and he's on a nice stretch now, having allowed six runs in 22 innings this month. He's 11-8 with a 3.50 ERA overall.
Sep 23 - 1:52 AM

Cody Bellinger launched homers No. 39, a three-run shot off Jeff Samardzija, in Friday's win over the Giants.

Only two players 21 or younger have ever hit 40 homers; Mel Ott hit 42 as a 20-year-old in 1929 and Eddie Mathews finished with 47 at age 21 in 1953. Bellinger has eight games left to join them.
Sep 23 - 1:50 AM

Pablo Sandoval homered off Kenley Jansen in the loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

That's eight hits, including two homers and two doubles, in the last four games for Sandoval. There's not much he can do to make this year's numbers look anything other than abysmal, but if he can finish with a strong two weeks, the Giants will be a lot more likely to bring him back for 2018.
Sep 23 - 1:47 AM



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