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Robbie Erlin limited the Phillies to one run over six innings Thursday in a 7-3 victory.

Erlin got this start in place of Tyson Ross, who is battling general soreness. The 23-year-old left-hander made it count, striking out four and walking none as he makes a case to be considered for next year's rotation. We already know Erlin has taken well to Petco Park, where he came into tonight with a 2.53 ERA in nine outings. This was Erlin's first start since May 17. He's struggled with elbow soreness, but should be just fine through the end of the season. Ross' availability will determine whether Erlin (4-4, 4.53 ERA) gets another start.
Sep 19 - 12:41 AM

Kyle Kendrick allowed three runs on six hits over five innings in a 7-3 loss to the Padres on Thursday.

Perhaps more troubling, Kendrick walked five batters, leading to the truncated outing. You wouldn't have expected him to struggle like this in Petco. The seventh rounder from the 2003 draft had gone 4-1 in his last eight starts and served up only three earned runs over 14 innings in his last two. The 30-year-old free-agent-to-be, now 9-13 with a 4.73 ERA in his walk year, gets the Marlins next.
Sep 19 - 12:37 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada got a no-decision on Thursday after allowing just one run over five innings in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Wada pitched well; it was the Cubs' bullpen that couldn't get the job done. The lefty yielded just five hits and a walk while fanning five. After the game, Wada told the media he would not start again this season. Though he hasn't been much of an innings-eater, Wada has pitched well in 12 starts this season, finishing with a 3.22 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 53/18 K/BB ratio.
Sep 19 - 12:11 AM

Zack Greinke lasted only five innings, allowing four runs, in a no-decision against the Cubs on Thursday.

Greinke wasn't particularly efficient, needing 112 pitches to get through his five frames. He scattered nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts. All told, though, Greinke has had another marvelous season, sporting a 2.76 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 196/42 K/BB ratio. He'll look to grab his 16th win of the season when he faces the Giants at home on Tuesday.
Sep 19 - 12:08 AM

Jorge Soler finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles, but the Cubs were handed a loss by the Dodgers on Thursday.

Soler padded the Cubs' lead to 2-0 with his first single, then 3-1 with his next single. The rookie is batting .368/.406/.737 in his first 64 plate appearances with five homers and 17 RBI.
Sep 19 - 12:05 AM

Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored in Thursday's defeat of the Cubs.

Puig has had a good road trip out West, batting .400 (12-for-30) over seven games thus far. He may have broken out of his slump just in time for the Dodgers, who are defending a narrow lead in the NL West. Puig currently rests on a .297/.383/.477 slash line with 14 home runs and 63 RBI.
Sep 19 - 12:01 AM

Yohan Flande held the D'Backs to two runs over five innings but was handed a no-decision in Thursday's 7-6 walk-off victory.

Flande pitched well, yielding only two hits and a walk while striking out two. It wasn't until Flande left that the D'Back offense started moving. The lefty now has a 4.91 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 30/15 K/BB ratio. Flande will toe the rubber in San Diego against the Padres on Tuesday in his next outing.
Sep 18 - 11:41 PM

Vidal Nuno lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, in a no-decision against the Rockies on Thursday.

Nuno scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out seven, a nice bounce-back effort after taking a beating against the Padres his last time out. He's pitched well over his last seven starts, sporting a 3.57 ERA. Nuno will take his season-wide 4.60 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 123/42 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's road start against the Twins.
Sep 18 - 11:39 PM

Addison Reed blew his sixth save of the season, allowing a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth as the D'Backs fell to the Rockies on Thursday.

Reed has now allowed runs in each of his last three appearances, though Rosario's blast was his first home run allowed since July 30. Reed just hasn't had a very good season, now the owner of an ugly 4.40 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 66/15 K/BB ratio.
Sep 18 - 11:35 PM

Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-5 with a double, a solo home run, and three runs scored in the Rockies' walk-off win against the D'Backs on Thursday.

Cuddyer put the Rockies on the board with a second-inning solo home run off of Vidal Nuno and scored two more times in the sixth and eighth inning, helping put his team in a position to come back and win. It hasn't been often, but when Cuddyer has been healthy and in the lineup, he's been productive. The 35-year-old is batting .327/.371/.562 with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 175 plate appearances.
Sep 18 - 11:33 PM

Wilin Rosario sent the Rockies home happy, clubbing a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

The Rockies had chipped away at the Diamondbacks' five-run lead, scoring twice in the sixth and twice in the eighth to make it 6-5. With two outs and a man on, Rosario took advantage of an Addison Reed offering, sending a 387-foot blast to left-center. The catcher, who finished 4-for-5 on the evening, now has 12 homers on the season with 51 RBI and a .265/.301/.432 slash line.
Sep 18 - 11:33 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Carlos Beltran will be available off the bench Thursday.

Beltran had been away from the club after his wife had a miscarriage. "He will be here tonight," said Girardi. "He's not in the lineup but he's available. I've spoken to him every day, but he will be here."
Sep 18 - 11:09 PM

Starling Marte hit a solo home run on Thursday as the Pirates finished off a sweep of the Red Sox with a 3-2 victory.

Marte's fifth-inning solo homer off of Brandon Workman turned out to be the deciding factor in the game. It's the 25-year-old's 13th of the season and fourth of September. Marte is now batting .289/.358/.458 with 53 RBI and 69 runs scored in what has been a productive 2014 showing.
Sep 18 - 10:34 PM

Mark Melancon got into hot water, but escaped the ninth inning without any damage, picking up his 30th save of the season in Thursday's win against the Red Sox.

Melancon hit Allen Craig to lead off the inning, then allowed a single to Daniel Nava. Next, Will Middlebrooks hit a grounder up the third base line and it hit pinch-runner Jemile Weeks, who was ruled out for obstruction. From there, Melancon struck out Jackie Bradley, Jr. and got Christian Vazquez to ground out to end the threat. Quite an interesting way to earn save number 30. Melancon has otherwise been lights out, sporting a 1.88 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 67/10 K/BB ratio.
Sep 18 - 10:31 PM

Brandon Workman watched his record drop to 1-10 with a loss on Thursday after allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings against the Pirates.

Workman allowed plenty of base runners, as the Pirates racked up seven hits and three walks in the right-hander's five innings. One of the hits was a solo home run by Starling Marte. Workman will bring a 5.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and a 70/36 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's home start against the Rays, in which he'll search for his second win of the season.
Sep 18 - 10:26 PM


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