Aledmys Diaz paid tribute to his friend Jose Fernandez on Tuesday, hitting a grand slam en route to the Cardinals' 12-5 drubbing of the Reds.
Diaz, who was away from the team in recent days to be with Fernandez' family, smacked a Robert Stephenson fastball into the left-center field bleachers to give the Cardinals the lead in the fourth inning. As he touched home he pointed to the sky in remembrance of his boyhood friend, and again Diaz gestured to the heavens after a curtain call from Cardinals fans. The 26-year-old will surely be playing with a heavy heart for as long as the Cards stay in it, but Tuesday was a moment he likely won't forget.
Jefry Marte went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the A's
Marte stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth inning. Facing off against Daniel Mengden, he proceeded to launch a 405-foot bomb to dead central to jump the Angels to a 5-0 lead. That was more than enough for a game Ricky Nolasco. In addition to the granny, Marte also picked up a double. He has done a nice job in a complementary role this season, hitting .251/.307/.461 with 13 homers and 42 RBI over 243 at-bats.
Julio Teheran yielded six runs over four frames but escaped with a no-decision in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Phillies.
Teheran blinked and was down 4-0, as Ryan Howard launched a grand slam off of him in the first inning. The score was 6-0 when a rain delay arrived and the Braves then scored seven unanswered runs the rest of the way. Teheran has been a little hit-or-miss since returning from a lat injury last month. He'll finish off his season on Sunday versus the Tigers.
Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.
Peralta hit a three-run jack in the fifth inning, one of the Cardinals' five home runs on the night. The homer was a big one for Peralta personally, as he hadn't gone yard since September 6. The 34-year-old has just eight homers and 29 RBI in total through 77 games, and he's slashing a pedestrian .259/.307/.415 in those games.
Jerad Eickhoff tossed four innings of one-run ball before exiting following a rain delay Tuesday versus the Braves.
It's too bad for Eickhoff's fantasy owners, as he had struck out five while yielding only a Freddie Freeman solo shot before the skies opened up. It was surely set to be the righty's seventh straight quality start. Eickhoff's season will conclude against the Mets on Sunday.