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Shane Greene allowed two hits, including a two-run home run, in suffering his third blown save of the year Sunday against the Mariners.

Tasked with preserving a two-run lead, Greene gave up a one-out single to Jean Segura before yielding a two-run homer to Mitch Haniger. Greene has 10 saves on the year but has blown three as well, and owns a 4.22 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Joe Jimenez looms if Greene continues to falter, but his job doesn't seem to be in much jeopardy at the moment, despite Sunday's letdown.
May 20 - 9:47 PM

Wade LeBlanc allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Tigers.

LeBlanc ran into trouble early, serving up a two-run homer to John Hicks in the first inning, but he did well to keep the Tigers off the board for the rest of his time. He struck out five while issuing one walk in the outing. The southpaw has a strong 2.65 ERA and 1.12 WHIP through nine appearances, including four starts, this year, and he'll look to keep rolling Saturday against the Twins.
May 20 - 9:41 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed a lone hit over eight scoreless innings Sunday, but took a no-decision against the Mariners.

Liriano carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Mitch Haniger's one-out single. That relegated it to simply a brilliant outing for the southpaw, who had gone 8 1/3 innings in his previous two starts combined. Unfortunately for Liriano, Shane Greene couldn't hold the lead to get him his fourth win. In nine starts this year, Liriano has a 3.42 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'll look for that fourth win Saturday against the White Sox.
May 20 - 9:34 PM

Drew Pomeranz will have his next scheduled start pushed back to Saturday against the Braves.

The struggling left-hander had been scheduled to pitch on Thursday against the Rays in Tampa Bay, but the Red Sox will utilize an off-day to give Pomeranz a few extra days of rest. He owns a disappointing 5.97 ERA and 1.78 WHIP across 28 2/3 innings on the season.
May 20 - 9:16 PM

Brandon Belt swatted a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning to propel the Giants to a 9-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday.

In a 5-5 game in the seventh inning, Belt stepped to the dish with two on and lefty Jake McGee on the bump for the Rox. Belt delivered, as he has often this year, knocking a three-run jack over the right field wall to give the Giants the late lead. The first baseman has surprisingly been one of the best hitters in the National League this year, batting .313/.413/.594 with 11 homers, 29 RBI and 28 runs scored. He's been especially dangerous in the past week, recording six multi-hit games since last Sunday. Few are locked in like he is right now.
May 20 - 9:13 PM

Trevor Story finished 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Story knocked an RBI double in the fourth inning and added a run-scoring single in the fifth, adding to his RBI total of 35 that's second-best in the National League. Story also has 10 homers, which rank among the league leaders as well, and he's hitting .250/.335/.512 in 47 games.
May 20 - 9:07 PM

Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Hernandez muscled up in the fifth inning, lifting a fly ball to center field that just kept carrying and eluded a leaping Charlie Blackmon for the two-run shot. The laser show from Gorkys has been a surprise, as Sunday's homer was his fourth this year after he entered the year with five total homers in 232 career games. The 30-year-old has been a pleasant offensive surprise all around for the Giants this year, batting .279/.308/.430 while hitting leadoff at points for the club.
May 20 - 9:02 PM

Nolan Arenado filled up the stat sheet Sunday, going 3-for-5 with an RBI single, a stolen base and a run scored in a loss to the Giants.

Arenado collected three of the Rockies' 13 hits in the loss, and he's got five multi-hit games in his last eight contests. He's not putting up prolific offensive numbers but Arenado has been one of the best hitters, in terms of average, so far this year, batting .331 with a .418 on-base percentage and .567 slugging percentage. As the weather continues to warm up, his power numbers should tick upward as well.
May 20 - 8:53 PM

Ty Blach lasted just 4 1/3 innings Sunday, allowing eight hits and four runs in a no-decision against the Rockies.

Blach has been getting by on the back of one of the league's best ground ball rates, a skill that abandoned him Sunday as the Rockies made just three outs on the ground before he exited. Fortunately for him, AT&T Park is spacious enough that the fly balls didn't hurt him as much as they could have on a day when he just didn't have it. Blach didn't factor in the decision, remaining 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 11 starts this year. He'll draw a tough Cubs team in Wrigley Field on Sunday.
May 20 - 8:38 PM

Tyler Anderson allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Giants.

Anderson allowed six hits and a walk in his 5 1/3 innings of work, the third straight start he's allowed four runs or more with fewer than six innings pitched. He entered that three-start stretch with a 3.78 ERA, and it sits at 4.74 after Sunday's game. The Reds are up next for Anderson when they visit Coors Field on Saturday.
May 20 - 8:34 PM

Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while allowing two runs over 7 2/3 innings in the Angels' 5-2 win over the Rays Sunday.

Ohtani gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the contest. It was the third time in seven starts this year that he's struck out nine or more, and he's got five quality starts in those seven outings. The 23-year-old epitome of a dual threat is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 52/14 K/BB ratio on the bump and is hitting .321/.367/.619 in 84 at-bats. A big test looms for Ohtani next weekend when the Halos visit the Yankees.
May 20 - 8:30 PM

Johnny Field went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

Field drove a Shohei Ohtani offering over the left-center field wall in the third inning to get the Rays on the board, and he doubled and scored the Rays' other run in the eighth. In 22 games, the 26-year-old has held his own offensively, batting .308/.348/.554 with four homers through Sunday's game. Field has also played all three outfield spots, a flexibility that should help him continue to get into the lineup on a regular basis while he's producing at the plate.
May 20 - 8:24 PM

Martin Maldonado hit a solo home run and had an RBI sacrifice fly in Sunday's win over the Rays.

Maldonado plated a run in the fourth inning with the fly out, then attacked a 3-1 offering from Rays reliever Anthony Banda in the eighth inning for his second homer of the year. Not asked to do much offensively as the Angels' everyday backstop, Maldonado is hitting .248/.322/.362 in 33 games overall this year.
May 20 - 8:20 PM

Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

Duffy was a thorn in the side of Shohei Ohtani and company, but he couldn't do any damage with his three hits. It was, however, another strong offensive performance for the 27-year-old, who now has 13 multi-hit performances in 32 total games this year. That's pretty impressive, and Duffy is hitting .328/.365/.438 as a result.
May 20 - 8:15 PM

Blake Parker was called up to close out Sunday's win over the Rays, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.

Nobody really has any idea what to make of the back end of the Angels' bullpen with Keynan Middleton now sidelined, so it's worth noting that Parker got the call to protect a three-run lead. He did it with little drama, allowing a hit but striking out two, including Johnny Field to end it, for his second save of the year. Parker is perhaps the most talented option that exists for manager Mike Scioscia, one who could provide some strikeouts and good ratios for fantasy owners along with saves. If he's available in your league, it's worth speculating that Sunday was a harbinger for things to come.
May 20 - 8:12 PM


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