The Orioles and Blue Jays pitchers combined for one earned run over 14 2/3 innings … Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada fanned 12 in Toronto’s 3-1 victory … Estrada’s has now punched out 70 on the season - good for sixth in the majors … Baltimore’s Wade Miley picked up his fourth quality start of the season after seven scoreless innings, but was tabbed with the loss.
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Bryant clubs Brewers
Kris Bryant launched two homers in a 3-for-3 effort against the Milwaukee Brewers. The game was Bryant’s second multi-home run game of the season, and raised his triple slash to an impressive .303/.411/.587. Bryant is currently sitting at 10 dingers, 22 RBI and is showing more patience than ever. His walk rate is up to a career-high 14.1 percent and his K-rate is currently a career low 20 percent.
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Rodriguez stifles A's
Boston third-year starter Eduardo Rodriguez shined in his third win of the season. The 24-year-old lefty hurled eight innings and struck out eight in Boston’s 12-3 victory. Seventy of the 98 pitches he threw were for strikes. He’s sporting an impressive 10.03 K/9 over nine starts and retiring nearly 83 percent of right-handed hitters.
Royals offensive woes
The Royals have struggled offensively this season, but the second game of their doubleheader highlighted one of their biggest problems: their lack of production with runners in scoring position. The Royals are hitting just .211 in those favorable situations and are last in the league in total RBI with 134. For comparison, the Nationals lead the league with 237.
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Gregorius perfect vs. Rays
Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 and helped the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Rays. Gregorius has been stellar since he returned from injury on April 28. He’s slashing .322/.355/.402 with one home run and 14 RBI. The contest was Gregorius’ ninth multi-hit game in 21 chances this season.
Quick Hits: Part II
Yu Darvish delivered six or more K’s for the third straight start … he didn’t notch the quality start against Detroit, but did enough for Texas to earn a 5-2 win … for all intents and purposes, Chad Kuhl has been abysmal this season … Sunday he managed to hold Philly’s offense in check by keeping them scoreless over five innings … Yan Gomes continues to rake … he went 2-for-3 with a three-run bomb, a double and five RBI as Cleveland completed the sweep of the Astros.
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Richard goes the distance
Clayton Richard shut down one of the best lineups in the major leagues on Sunday. He handcuffed the Diamondbacks in a complete game effort as he allowed one earned and struck out six. Richard has been both brilliant and disastrous at times this season. However, he does boast two starts where he tossed at least eight innings with only one earned allowed. He’s also been shelled for five plus runs on four separate occasions. Richard’s 19.4 percent home run to fly ball ratio is far too high, but he’s shown that he has some daily value in the right matchup.
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Gonzalez enjoys Arroyo matchup
Carlos Gonzalez continued his success against Bronson Arroyo on Sunday. He belted a homer, drew two walks and owns a.526/.667/.789 career triple slash against the Reds veteran. Before Sunday’s game, the Rockies outfielder was 9-for-17 against Arroyo.