Nabil Crismatt has elected free agency.
Crismatt went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week by the Padres. The 28-year-old righty will search for a new opportunity after struggling this season in seven relief appearances for San Diego.
Jeremy Peña slugged a two-run homer and scored a pair of runs as the Astros outlasted the Dodgers in 11 innings on Sunday night.
Peña got the Astros on the board in this one with his 418-foot (103.8 mph EV) two-run blast off of Tony Gonsolin in the second inning. That would be his only hit in five at-bats on the night, but he also scored a run as the extra runner to begin the 10th inning on an error made by Jason Heyward. On the season, the 25-year-old shortstop is now slashing .248/.306/.408 with nine homers, 29 RBI and eight stolen bases in his sophomore campaign.
Charlie Culberson has elected free agency.
It really shouldn't come as a surprise that Culberson refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Gwinnett. He spent nearly a month with the Braves and didn't get into a single ballgame, and was then designated for assignment on Father's Day -- when his father had been scheduled to throw out the first pitch in Atlanta. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere on a minor league pact.
Kiley McDaniel of ESPN reports that the Reds have promoted top prospect Noelvi Marte to Triple-A Louisville.
While shortstops Matt McLain and Elly De La Cruz have already been making a major impact at the big league level, don't forget that the Reds also have Marte waiting in the wings. The 21-year-old hit .281/.356/.464 with eight homers, 25 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 50 games at Double-A Chattanooga. The future looks awfully bright in Cincinnati.
Hunter Brown was terrific in a tough-luck no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday night, allowing just one run on three hits over six stellar frames.
The rookie right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the evening while issuing a pair of free passes. The lone tally against him came on a leadoff homer off the bat of Mookie Betts. After that, he was in complete command. He left the game with a 4-1 lead after six innings and in line for his seventh victory, but the Astros' bullpen was unable to hang on for him. Brown got 10 swings and misses on 99 pitches in the ballgame, registering a CSW of 31 percent. The 24-year-old hurler will bring an impressive 3.62 ERA and 1.20 WHIP into Saturday's battle against the Rangers in Arlington.
Ryan Pressly notched his second victory of the season on Sunday night, working two innings without allowing an earned run against the Dodgers.
The Astros' closer was called upon to work in a tied game in the ninth inning, and he set the Dodgers down in order to send the game to extra innings. Pressly then returned for the 10th, where he allowed the inherited runner to score -- but no more -- and became the beneficiary when the Astros took the lead in the 11th. He now holds a 2.97 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 35/7 K/BB ratio to go along with 14 saves over his 33 1/3 innings of work.
Tony Gonsolin wasn't at his best in a no-decision against the Astros on Sunday night, allowing four runs on five hits over his five innings of work.
The right-hander walked one and punched out three on the night. All of the damage done against him came via the long ball -- with Jeremy Peña belting a two-run shot in the second inning and José Abreu mashing a two-run homer in the fourth. Aside from those two mistakes, Gonsolin pitched very well. He generated five swings and misses on 61 pitches in the contest, posting a CSW of 26 percent. He'll look to return to the win column as he totes an impressive 3.30 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the lowly Royals in Kansas City.
Seth Lugo struggled in a losing effort against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon, giving up three runs on seven hits across his five-plus frames.
The right-hander struck out four on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. He had allowed just a solo homer to Jeimer Candelario through the first five innings of this one, but returned for the sixth where he allowed three straight singles -- including an RBI knock to Joey Meneses -- before exiting. The 33-year-old hurler will attempt to improve upon his 4.01 ERA and 1.32 WHIP when he toes the slab against the Reds in Cincinnati on Saturday.
Ha-Seong Kim blasted a solo homer and drew a pair of walks on Sunday as the Padres fell to the Nationals.
Kim tagged Jordan Weems for his 380-foot (104.6 mph EV) solo shot in the seventh inning, pulling the Padres to within six runs at 8-2. The 27-year-old infielder has done a nice job overall for the Padres -- and for fantasy managers -- this season, slashing .251/.343/.396 with eight homers, 26 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
CJ Abrams went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, stolen base and a run scored as the Nationals topped the Padres in San Diego on Sunday.
Abrams singled with two outs in the fifth inning and swiped second base, but wound up stranded there. He was then hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and raced around to score on a two-run double off the bat of Jeimer Candelario. With the two-hit effort against his former club, Abrams is now slashing .235/.279/.395 to go along with seven homers, 33 RBI and eight stolen bases on the season.
Joey Meneses went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI on Sunday, helping to lead the Nationals to victory over the Padres.
Meneses chased Padres' starter Seth Lugo from the ballgame with his go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead. He then capped off the Nationals' scoring in the ballgame with a two-run double in the seventh inning. The 31-year-old hasn't done much in the power department this season -- with just two homers and 39 RBI -- but he's slashing a healthy .293/.332/.381.
Jeimer Candelario homered for the second consecutive game on Sunday, powering the Nationals to an 8-3 victory over the Padres in San Diego.
Just like he did on Saturday, Candelario opened the scoring in the ballgame with a solo homer in the first inning -- this time it was a 427-foot (110.1 mph EV) blast off of right-hander Seth Lugo. Candelario also smacked a two-run double in the seventh inning, finishing the afternoon 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. He has been a rock in the middle of the Nationals' lineup this season -- slashing .261/.338/.471 with 10 long balls and 36 RBI.
Anthony DeSclafani registered a quality start in Sunday afternoon's loss to the Diamondbacks, giving up two runs on five hits over six strong frames.
The 33-year-old hurler struck out three on the night and didn't walk a batter. He allowed an RBI double to Christian Walker in the opening inning and a run-scoring single to Jake McCarthy in the second. That was the extent of the damage done against him, unfortunately the Giants' offense didn't deliver much in the way of support. DeSclafani got seven whiffs on 78 pitches in the ballgame -- five on his slider -- while posting a CSW of 26 percent. He'll tote a 4.28 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a 69/18 K/BB ratio (90 1/3 innings) into Saturday's matchup against the Mets in New York.
J.D. Davis went 2-for-3, walked and drove in both of the Giants' runs in Sunday afternoon's loss to the Diamondbacks.
Davis got the Giants on the board with a run-scoring single off of Ryne Nelson in the sixth inning, cutting their deficit to one run at 2-1. He then delivered another RBI single off of Scott McGough in the eighth, making it a 4-2 ballgame. That would be as close as they would get. With the two-hit attack, the 30-year-old is now slashing .285/.364/.469 with 10 homers, 42 RBI and one stolen base.
Scott McGough walked the tightrope against the Giants on Sunday afternoon, recording the final four outs to protect a three-run advantage.
McGough was called upon to get the final out in the eighth inning with a man on second base. He actually allowed an RBI single to J.D. Davis -- trimming the Diamondbacks' lead to two runs at 4-2 -- and walked Blake Sabol -- before getting Patrick Bailey to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning. The right-hander then returned for the ninth where he allowed a one-out single to Luis Matos and a two-out walk to Austin Slater before getting Thairo Estrada to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the ballgame. McGough now holds a 2.41 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and a 49/14 K/BB ratio over 41 innings on the season to go along with his six saves.
Alek Thomas went 3-for-4 with a double and scored a run as the Diamondbacks triumphed over the Giants on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco.
Thomas smacked a one-out double off of Giants' right-hander Anthony DeSclafani in the second inning, then swiped third base and dashed around to score on an RBI single by Jake McCarthy. With his three-hit afternoon, the 23-year-old outfielder is now hitting .232/.277/.384 with three homers, 13 RBI and four stolen bases in 46 games.
Ketel Marte went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored on Sunday, leading the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco.
Marte reached on a one-out single in the opening inning, then dashed around to score the game's first run on a two-out RBI double off the bat of Christian Walker. He then slugged a 433-foot (109.2 mph EV) two-run shot off of Tristan Beck in the eighth inning that extended the Diamondbacks' lead to 4-1. With his two-hit afternoon, Marte is now slashing a robust .294/.373/.518 to go with 14 homers, 42 RBI and six swipes on the season.
Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored as the Angels fell to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon in Colorado.
A night after going 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in his Angels' debut on Saturday, Escobar registered another two-hit attack in Sunday's loss. Escobar smacked a two-out triple off of Justin Lawrence in the ninth inning and then scored on an RBI double by Mickey Moniak. It looks like he'll start at third base on most days for the Halos -- at least until Anthony Rendon returns.
Austin Gomber pitched well in Sunday's victory over the Angels, allowing just two runs on five hits over five-plus innings of work.
The right-hander punched out three on the night while issuing just one base on balls. Gomber actually kept the Angels off the board through the first five innings, but allowed the first three hitters to reach to start the sixth inning -- including an RBI triple by Shohei Ohtani -- before turning the ball over to the bullpen. He got nine whiffs on 71 pitches in the ballgame, posting a CSW of 27 percent. Now 5-7 on the season, he'll look to further improve upon his miserable 7.01 ERA and 1.61 WHIP when he does battle against the Tigers next weekend.
Justin Lawrence allowed a run in the ninth inning against the Angels on Sunday, but managed to escape further trouble and notched his fourth save of the season.
The right-hander came on with a two-run lead to protect in the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Drury, but then got Hunter Renfroe to bounce into a double play. He wasn't out of the woods though. Eduardo Escobar followed with a triple and Mickey Moniak plated him with a run-scoring double, putting the tying run in scoring position. He then walked Matt Thaiss intentionally before getting Luis Rengifo to ground out to third to end the ballgame. Lawrence now holds a 3.02 ERA and 1.18 WHIP across 41 2/3 innings on the season.
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