Colin Rea gave up four runs (one earned) in five innings in a win over the Reds on Friday.
He struck out seven and walked four while giving up three hits. The Padres gave Rea plenty of run support to raise his record to 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA on the season. He lines up for an interleague game against the Yankees in New York next Friday.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis swatted a go-ahead two-run homer in a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Friday.
Keon Broxton tied things up with his first MLB homer in the fifth before Nieuwenhuis took Max Scherzer deep in the sixth to put the Brewers in front. It was a bit of a flashback for the Nationals, as he hit a crushing go-ahead homer against them last September while with the Mets. Nieuwenhuis struck out in his other three at-bats on Friday, which has been the norm for him this year. The 28-year-old has provided some patience and speed, but he's hitting just .224 through 64 games.
Cody Reed was hit hard for five earned runs on nine hits in five innings on Friday against the Padres to absorb the first loss of his career.
Reed was making his second start since being called up from the minors. The home run hit by Wil Myers was the third one Reed has allowed in his 12 innings. Reed's BABIP is sitting at .400, indicating he has been unlucky in a very small sample. On the plus side, Reed has fanned 15 batters already. The Reds' top prospect has a bright future once he adjusts to the majors, but he has a tough matchup versus the Cubs on tap for Wednesday. Fantasy owners can sit that one out.
Wil Myers went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on Friday night.
The home run was his 17th. He has a .289 batting average to go with 49 runs, 50 RBI and 10 stolen bases. After three injury-plagued seasons, the 25-year-old Myers is finally turning into the fantasy stud we all expected when he was a prospect. He may surpass his career high of 335 at-bats before the All Star break.
Jeremy Jeffress worked around some trouble against the Nationals on Friday for his 20th save of the season.
Asked to hold a two-run lead, Jeffress hit Ben Revere with a pitch to begin the inning and gave up a two-out single to Daniel Murphy, but he struck out Wilson Ramos swinging to end it. The 28-year-old was unavailable earlier this week due to an eye infection, but he’s feeling better now. Jeffress is 20-for-21 in save chances this season while posting a 2.76 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings.