Mike Minor pitched seven and two-thirds innings of one-run ball against the Reds on Friday.
As the teams went extras, Minor did not factor into the decision. He was almost perfect in his time on the mound, allowing just one hit and striking out five. Really the only critique one could make of this start is that Minor walked four batters. Despite the stellar outing, Minor's numbers are still a little all over the place, as he boasts an ERA of 4.90 and a WHIP of 1.47. He will work on developing some consistency as he faces off with the Mets in his next start.
Mat Latos pitched six innings on Friday, allowing one run to the Braves.
Latos gave up nine hits in his six innings of work, but he only walked two batters and was able to dance out of trouble when necessary. The lone run against Latos came on a Tommy La Stella RBI groundout. On the season, Latos holds a 2.99 ERA and a nice 1.08 WHIP. He'll face the Cubs in his next start.
Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a single in Friday's loss to the Giants.
A single is better than nothing? Harper's been an enigma at the plate this season. While August's .278/.354/.403 slash line is nothing spectacular, it marks the best month that Harper has put in since April. Despite the decent batting average this month, it's hard to have faith that Harper will give fantasy owners a hot playoff run. On the season he has six home runs and just twenty-three RBI.
Miguel Montero went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, walk, two RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Padres.
Montero had been hitless in four of his last five games. He got Thursday off, so perhaps the veteran backstop was able to clear his head and soothe his joints. Montero is slashing a respectable .260/.345/.410 and is on pace for 16 homers and 82 RBI.
Joe Panik went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run on Friday.
The home run off of Doug Fister was Panik's first career home run and it helped blow the game open for the Giants on their way to a 10-3 win. He also committed an error in the contest, but we'll let that pass for the younger. In 126 ABs, the twenty-four year old is hitting .316/.344/.345.