John Axford collected his sixth save of the year Saturday as the Rockies beat the Giants 5-3 in the second half of a doubleheader at Coors Field.
Axford gave up a leadoff single to Gregor Blanco, but that's all the damage the Giants could muster down two in the ninth. Axford has been pretty steady all season and is now running away with the Rockies' ninth-inning gig. He's obviously a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues, even as the closer on a bad Colorado team.
Yusmeiro Petit allowed four earned runs over six innings Saturday as the Giants dropped the second half of a doubleheader against the Rockies.
Petit hadn't gone more than three innings in any appearance this season as the Giants' most-trusted long reliever, so that he was able to make it through six (on just 81 pitches) was a big help to the Giants' pitching staff as a whole. But the Colorado offense got to him for two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to split the doubleheader. Petit will head back to the bullpen now.
Anthony Rizzo finished 2-for-5 with a home run and six RBI in the Cubs' 9-6 defeat of the Diamondbacks on Saturday night in Arizona.
Rizzo slugged a go-ahead three-run bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth inning off Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa and then gave the Cubs the lead for good with a three-run homer off Enrique Burgos in the top of the ninth. The six RBI tied his career-high. Rizzo is batting .322/.444/.586 with nine home runs, 29 RBI, and 27 runs scored in 42 games this season. He also has nine stolen bases as a cherry on top for fantasy owners.
Rubby De La Rosa allowed four earned runs over six innings Saturday in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Cubs.
De La Rosa appeared headed for another good outing before the top of the fifth inning, when he hit Kris Bryant with the bases loaded and then Anthony Rizzo followed with a bases-clearing three-run double. De La Rosa yielded just four hits in all and struck out eight. The 26-year-old right-hander has emerged as a solid mixed-league starter and has a favorable matchup next week in Milwaukee.
Mike Bolsinger delivered eight shutout innings Saturday in the Dodgers' 2-0 win over the Padres.
Bolsinger was absolutely terrific, yielding only one hit while striking out eight against a plenty-good Padres lineup. He did not walk a batter. The 27-year-old has posted tremendous numbers this season between Triple-A Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, and he's worth a shot in mixed fantasy leagues while the fire is lit. Some regression is probably coming. A road date with the Cardinals is next.