Despite walk, Gregerson picks up sixth save
Luke Gregerson | HOU
(May 3, 2015 5:30 PM EDT)
Luke Gregerson earned his sixth save on Sunday, walking one and striking out one Mariner in a scoreless ninth.
After walking Rickie Weeks, Gregerson induced a double-play grounder from Brad Miller to end the game. It's been a sketchy few days for Gregerson, who allowed two home runs on Friday. He picked up the save in that one, too. While he's now 6-for-7 in save chances, he'll have to pitch more tightly if he expects to keep up the good percentage. For the season, he holds a 2.77 and 10/2 K/BB ratio over 13 innings.
Iglesias hopeful that he'll play on Tuesday
Jose Iglesias | DET
(May 3, 2015 5:27 PM EDT)
Jose Iglesias (groin) is hopeful that he'll be able to return to the Tigers starting lineup on Tuesday.
Iglesias left Sunday's game against the Royals due to tightness in his left groin. The defensive wizard said that he originally tweaked it during the ninth inning on Saturday and that it tightened back up on him during Sunday's contest. The Tigers may play it safe and give him an extra day off after Monday's off day.
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Missaki guides Clinton to combined no-hitter
Daniel Missaki | SEA
(May 3, 2015 5:24 PM EDT)
Mariners prospect Daniel Missaki pitched the first seven frames of a combined no-hitter Friday for Low-A Clinton.
If Missaki wasn't on the top prospect radar before, he should be now. The 19-year-old was electric Friday, holding Cedar Rapids to one walk in seven otherwise flawless innings. Give Missaki credit for attacking the strike zone. In five starts this year, he's fanned 30 hitters while allowing only four walks.
Smith almost hits for cycle against Astros
Seth Smith | SEA
(May 3, 2015 5:23 PM EDT)
Seth Smith singled, doubled and tripled against the Astros on Sunday.
Alas, the home run was not to be. Smith finished the contest 3-for-4 and tossed in an outfield assist for good measure. The strong game pushed his batting line to .276/.333/.483, with one home run, eight runs scored and six RBI. These numbers are more or less in-line with his career-slash of .265/.346/.452. A groin injury from earlier in the season no longer seems to be an issue.
Leibrandt racks up 9 Ks in win for Clearwater
Brandon Leibrandt | PHI
(May 3, 2015 5:14 PM EDT)
Phillies prospect Brandon Leibrandt was lights out Saturday in a victory for High-A Clearwater.
Leibrandt struck out nine hitters while limiting Dunedin to one run in six innings. The 22-year-old has tossed a quality start in each of his five outings this year, holding hitters to a .185 average in 31 innings. His 28-to-6 strikeout to walk ratio is turning heads and it may not be long until we see Leibrandt in Double-A.
Hernandez allows five runs in win over M's
Roberto Hernandez | HOU
(May 3, 2015 5:11 PM EDT)
Roberto Hernandez surrendered five runs (four earned) over six innings in Sunday's contest with the Mariners.
The Mariners scored their five runs on eight hits. Hernandez struck out two and walked one in what was a relatively uneventful start until the start of the seventh inning, when the M's put up a four-spot. Despite squandering a 6-1 lead, the Astros still managed to win 7-6 as they pushed their current winning streak to 10 games. For his part, Hernandez's numbers this season have been serviceable. He owns a 4.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 18/9 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. He'll face the Angels in his next start.
Happ struggles in loss to Astros
J.A. Happ | SEA
(May 3, 2015 5:08 PM EDT)
J.A. Happ was largely ineffective against the Astros on Sunday, as he allowed six runs over six innings.
While Happ did manage six strikeouts (he now has 15 strikeouts over his last 12 2/3 innings), he also served up two home runs. Evan Gattis smashed a three-run shot in the first inning and Chris Carter hit a two-run shot in the third. Marwin Gonzalez singled in the sixth run an inning later. Prior to Sunday, Happ had not allowed more than two runs in a single start, so even with the six runs tacked to his line, his ERA still stands at a respectable 3.51. He holds a 24/6 K/BB in 23 1/3 innings and will take to the road against the Rangers in his next start.
Manny Banuelos throws all zeros versus Toledo
Manny Banuelos | ATL
(May 3, 2015 5:04 PM EDT)
Braves prospect Manny Banuelos starred in Saturday's win for Triple-A Gwinnett, holding Toledo to two hits in six scoreless innings.
Banuelos hasn't lost yet this year, starting the season 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA. Saturday's outing included three strikeouts and the same number of walks. His fastball topped out at 94, though he spent most of the night in the 91-92 mph range. Banuelos may never throw as hard as he did before Tommy John surgery but he's still giving Gwinnett meaningful innings. This is his first year with the Braves after spending eight seasons in the Yankees' farm system.
Britton shuts door on Rays for his fifth save
Zach Britton | BAL
(May 3, 2015 4:57 PM EDT)
Zach Britton picked up his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, closing out the Orioles' 4-2 win against the Rays on Sunday.
Britton issued a leadoff walk to James Loney, but got consecutive strikeouts of Tim Beckham and Asdrubal Cabrera before getting Rene Rivera to ground out to end the game. Britton is 5-for-6 in save chances so far with a 1.69 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings.
Chen goes 6 strong innings in a no-decision
Wei-Yin Chen | BAL
(May 3, 2015 4:55 PM EDT)
Wei-Yin Chen yielded just two runs over six innings in a no-decision as the Orioles came back to win against the Rays on Sunday.
The lefty gave up a home run to James Loney in the second inning and an RBI single to Logan Forsythe in the fifth, accounting for all of the scoring in the first five innings. Overall, he gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Though he has an impressive 2.83 ERA, five of the 14 runs he has allowed this season are unearned. Chen also sports a 1.15 WHIP with a 20/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Yankees in the Bronx in his next start.