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Hunter Renfroe went off in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Dodgers, launching a three-run home run and a grand slam to finish with seven RBI.

Renfroe spaced out his damage. He swatted a three-run home run off Kenta Maeda in the first inning, then went silent until the eighth. At which point, all the noise in the world. The 24-year-old outfielder connected to clear the bases for the grand slam against Louis Coleman, boosting the Padres to a 7-1 advantage in the process. For those disinclined to do the math, Renfroe accounted for all seven of the Padres' runs in the game with his pair of home runs. Those were his second and third career major league homers. All of this damage has come in Renfroe's first 17 big league at-bats. Not too shabby.
Sep 28 - 2:02 AM

Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

Utley rocked a solo homer in the third inning. At the time, it drew the Dodgers to within 3-1. They wouldn't score again in the game. For the season, the veteran second baseman is slashing .254/.323/.396 with 13 homers and 51 RBI over 503 at-bats.
Sep 28 - 1:54 AM

Adrian Gonzalez exited Tuesday's loss to the Padres due to a sinus infection.

Gonzalez saw two at-bats before being lifted. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward, but there is little reason to believe this will cost him more than a game or two. If that.
Sep 28 - 1:50 AM

Paul Clemens pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers, surrendering one run on three hits over five innings.

Chase Utley burned Clemens for a solo home run in the third inning, but he kept the scoreboard clean otherwise. This was the 28-year-old right-hander's final start of the 2016 season. He finishes out holding a 4.27 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/29 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings (16 appearances, 12 starts).
Sep 28 - 1:46 AM

Kenta Maeda allowed three runs on three hits over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

Maeda struck out five and walked one on the evening. All three runs on his line came home courtesy of a three-run homer by Hunter Renfroe in the first inning. He wouldn't allow another run the rest of the way. While this might outwardly seem like a short start, the Dodgers are already preparing for the playoffs, with Maeda slated to start in Game 3 of the NLDS -- no need to push his arm. First up, though, the 28-year-old right-hander will take the ball against the Giants on Sunday, in the regular-season finale. He will carry a 3.28 ERA and 1.09 WHIP (31 starts) into that one. Expect a similarly truncated outing.
Sep 28 - 1:44 AM

Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in the White Sox' 13-6 beatdown of the Rays on Tuesday.

Anderson did damage with each of his three hits, collecting an RBI single in the first inning before swatting a run-scoring double in the second. He then capped it off with a solo shot, his eighth of the season, in the eighth inning. It's been a successful rookie campaign for the 23-year-old, who is hitting .278/.300/.411 with those eight homers, 28 RBI, 54 runs scored and 10 steals in 94 games overall.
Sep 28 - 1:42 AM

Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

This was an annihilation. A few fun statistics of note from the 12-3 win: The Giants collected nine extra-base hits in the contest, with only Angel Pagan failing to pick up an extra-base knock among regular batters. Included in that barrage, four triples (two by Brandon Crawford). Seven players finished with multiple hits. For his part, Pence connected for a solo home run in the fifth inning, going back-to-back with Buster Posey. This season, the veteran outfielder is hitting .294/.364/.463 with 13 homers and 56 RBI over 374 at-bats.
Sep 28 - 1:39 AM

Juniel Querecuto got his first major league hit in style Tuesday, swatting a two-run triple in a loss to the White Sox.

Querecuto got the start at second base and batted ninth in the contest, and in his last at-bat he lined a pitch to left-center field that eluded center fielder Leury Garcia -- and was aided by Garcia's shenanigans that followed -- for his first big league hit, his first triple and his first two runs batted in. He later scored his first run as well. Querecuto doesn't appear to have a long major league career ahead of him, but nobody can take Tuesday away from him.
Sep 28 - 1:38 AM
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