Kyle Gibson logged a quality start in a losing effort against the Astros on Saturday, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits over his six innings of work.
Gibson had all sorts of trouble with his command in this one -- issuing eight walks -- while striking out four. Somehow, he was able to dance on raindrops and pitch around most of the damage. He'll carry a still pristine 2.87 ERA and 1.18 WHIP into Saturday's battle against the Mariners.
Andy Ibanez swatted a solo home run on Saturday, accounting for the Rangers only run in a loss to the Astros.
Ibanez smacked a solo shot off of Astros closer Ryan Pressly in the ninth inning to ensure that the Rangers wouldn't be shut out in this one. Ibanez finished the day 1-for-2 plus two walks. He's now hitting .232/.275/.358 with a pair of dingers and nine RBI.
Framber Valdez fired six innings of no-hit, shutout baseball in a victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Valdez did issue six free passes in the contest however, while striking out four. An elevated pitch count of 99 (53 strikes) through six frames led to his early exit despite working on the no-hitter. Now 6-2 on the season, he'll carry a 2.97 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into Friday's start against the hard-hitting Giants in San Francisco.
Yuli Gurriel went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored as the Astros topped the Rangers on Saturday night in Houston.
Gurriel doubled and ultimately came around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Carlos Correa in the third inning. He also drew a walk, reaching base twice in his four plate appearances. The 37-year-old is slashing a robust .313/.379/.469 with 10 homers and 60 RBI on the year.
Ryan Pressly surrendered a solo home run to Andy Ibanez in a non-save situation on Saturday.
Pressly came on with the Astros leading 4-0 in the ninth inning on Saturday and gave up the one-out bomb to Ibanez to spoil the shutout. He also issued a two-out walk to Brock Holt, while striking out the other three hitters that he faced. He boasts a terrific 1.54 ERA and 0.80 WHIP on the season.
Yordan Alvarez went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI on Saturday, pacing the Astros offense in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers.
Alvarez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly off of Kyle Gibson in the third inning. He then clobbered the first pitch that he saw for a solo shot off of Josh Sborz in the seventh to make it a 4-0 game. He's now hitting a stellar .286/.352/.521 with 18 homers and 63 RBI on the season.
Carlos Rodon struggled in Saturday's loss to the Brewers, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits over four innings.
The All-Star southpaw struck out five and walked two on the night. It was a rare off-night for Rodon, who allowed solo homers to Kolten Wong in the opening inning and Tyrone Taylor in the second. He still sports an outstanding 2.24 ERA and 0.92 WHIP on the season. Rodon will look to get back in the win column on Thursday against the Royals in Kansas City.
Zack Collins drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning on Saturday, providing the White Sox only run in a loss to the Brewers.
The White Sox offense as a whole was held down by Corbin Burnes and company in this one. Collins finished the night 0-for-2 and is now hitting .217/.337/.371 with four homers and 23 RBI on the season.
Corbin Burnes racked up six strikeouts over six innings of one-run baseball in a victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
Burnes punched out six on the night while allowing four hits and two walks. He ran into a bit of trouble in the fifth inning -- issuing a bases loaded walk to Zack Collins -- but responded by striking out Jake Burger and getting Tim Anderson on a fly out to end the threat. Burnes will carry a tremendous 2.12 ERA and 0.90 WHIP into Friday's start against the Braves in Atlanta.
Kolten Wong bashed a leadoff home run off of Carlos Rodon on Saturday, propelling the Brewers to victory over the White Sox.
It was his only hit in four at-bats on the night, which included a pair of strikeouts. Wong keeps doing a terrific job as a table-setter, slashing .294/.354/.480 with eight homers and 22 RBI.
Tyrone Taylor clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Saturday as the Brewers triumphed over the White Sox.
Taylor took Carlos Rodon deep in the second inning, increasing the Brewers early lead to 2-0. He also singled and scored a pair of runs in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. On the season, he's now hitting .247/.335/.461 with nine long balls and 31 RBI.
LaMonte Wade went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.
Wade cracked a solo home run off Wil Crowe in the sixth inning, but that run merely drew the Giants to within 6-2 on the scoreboard. They would creep no closer before contest's end. For the season, Wade is slashing .252/.341/.531 with 11 home runs and 25 RBI over the course of 48 games.
Austin Barnes went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Rockies.
Barnes popped Kyle Freeland for a solo home run to lead off the second inning. That homer proved to be crucial, as the Dodgers would not score again while fighting their way through seven more innings in what ended as a 1-0 victory for the home team. The dinger was Barnes' fourth of the campaign. In addition, the backstop is slashing .223/.329/.360 across 52 games played.
Kenley Jansen recorded his 22nd save of the season while tossing a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Rockies.
Jansen had allowed a killer eight runs over his last three appearances, but he finally put a stop to his woes on Saturday evening. The Dodgers needed him, too, as he entered to start the ninth inning with LAD up just 1-0 on the scoreboard. Jansen recorded the first two outs of the frame without issue before walking Ryan McMahon to put the tying run on base. A subsequent strikeout of C.J. Cron ended the game before any kind of a rally could boot up. Jansen held a 1.24 ERA prior to his recent horrid stretch. Fantasy owners would be advised not to panic just because of a few wobbles.
Tony Gonsolin tossed 5 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in Saturday's win over the Rockies.
With opposite number Kyle Freeland dealing from the other dugout in this one, Gonsolin could not afford many mistakes. Mission accomplished for the 27-year-old right-hander, who struck out seven and walked two into the sixth inning before exiting stage left. In nine games (eight starts) this season -- injury kept him out until June -- Gonsolin owns a 2.38 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 41/21 K/BB ratio. A road showdown with the Diamondbacks shows next on his schedule.
Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.
Blackmon's double stood as his team's only extra-base hit when all was said and done. It was one of just two hits, total, that the Rockies garnered in the 1-0 defeat (their other knock came on a Ryan McMahon single). Veteran outfielder Blackmon is slugging just .402 on the season, but his bat has shown real signs of heating up in recent days. He has posted five extra-base hits in his last four games, with four multi-hit showings in his last seven games.
Vince Velasquez lasted just 2 1/3 innings and took the loss on Saturday after allowing six runs on five hits and two walks as the Phillies fell to the Braves.
Perhaps Velasquez should only pitch against the Marlins, a team he has held to 18 scoreless innings this season. The right-hander's ERA versus every other team is 7.15. Velasquez now carries a 5.54 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 79 2/3 frames this season with 84 punchouts.
Joc Peterson belted his 13th home run of the season on Saturday as part of the four-hit night during the Braves 15-3 rout of the Phillies.
Peterson was 4-for-6 during the contest with four RBI and three runs scored. The 29-year-old is 9-for-33 with two home runs and eight RBI since being acquired by the Braves and is slashing .235/.299/.429 on the season with 47 RBI and 39 runs scored.
Dansby Swanson went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a walk during the Braves victory over the Phillies on Saturday.
The 27-year-old also scored and drove in a run during the contest. Swanson is having an overall disappointing season but is batting .317/.377/.635 over the last 15 games with four home runs and 13 RBI.
Taylor Hearn is starting for the Rangers on Sunday against the Astros.
Hearn will get the start, and Mike Foltynewicz will be available out of the bullpen. It wouldn't be a surprise if Hearn acted as a multi-inning opener, with Foltynewicz getting the "bulk" innings. Neither pitcher is worth fantasy consideration.
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