Fantasy Forward: Scooter’s historic night

On the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, Scooter Gennett will no longer forget the date either. Gennett became the first player in major league history with five hits, four home runs and 10 RBI in the same game. He’s the 17th player to hit four home runs and the 10 RBI means it’s the first time two players have reached the total in a game, ever. Anthony Rendon also drove in 10 back on April 30th.

Injury news prior to Tuesday night’s 15-game slate was teeming. Devon Travis landed on the disabled list with a bone bruise on his knee? He left a game early after being hit in the wrist by a pitch this past weekend, now this. Danny Salazar went from starting games, to the bullpen and now on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder soreness. Atlanta followed the Dodgers lead and placed Bartolo Colon on the disabled list with an oblique strain following another ineffective start. Yasmany Tomas (groin tendonitis) and Justin Bour (ankle) also landed on the 10-day disabled list.

On the comeback trail, Mitch Haniger and Felix Hernandez appeared for Triple-A Tacoma last night. Carlos Rodon made his 10th minor league start in his career on a rehab assignment compared to 51 starts in the majors. Sean Doolittle should be activated on Wednesday by Oakland.

Starting Pitcher Observations

Over his last 34 innings, Masahiro Tanaka has allowed 13 home runs. He may need a phantom disabled list stint, or some feel the Yankees could go to a six-man rotation to give him time to work things out. Chad Green worked 3.1 innings in relief with five strikeouts. Drew Pomeranz garnered the win, but threw 123 pitches in five innings for seven strikeouts.

Ivan Nova pitched affably in Camden Yards, but left with the trainer after allowing a home run in the seventh inning. Pittsburgh reports it as knee inflammation – stay tuned. Nova did not factor in the decision after a bullpen meltdown.

Jose Quintana bounced back a bit with seven strikeouts in Tampa Bay. He did walk four in 5.1 innings and allowed four hits with an earned run. Chris Archer took the loss giving up two earned runs with 11 strikeouts. It’s a funny game.

Jesse Chavez battled on the road with the win, but missed a quality start by one out. He pitched 5.2 innings giving up seven hits, two earned runs and a walk with four strikeouts. Daniel Norris struck out seven but allowed three earned runs in the loss.

Not only did Scooter Gennett shine, but Tim Adleman fired a three hitter with one run allowed and seven strikeouts against the struggling Cardinal offense. Aaron Nola also pitched an under the radar strong game lasting eight innings in Atlanta, allowing five hits, one earned run and one walk with six strikeouts.

Chase Anderson of the Brewers has pitched 21.2 scoreless innings over his last three starts. Last night, he pitched 7.2 against the Giants, giving up six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Jake Arrieta locked down the Marlins working six innings allowing two hits, two earned runs and three walks with five strikeouts.

Robbie Ray and Max Scherzer led the way in the late games with strikeouts abound. Ray whiffed 11 Padres and pitched well at home allowing a Hunter Renfroe home run in 6.2 innings of work. Scherzer cruised through the Dodgers lineup striking out 14 in seven innings, giving up three hits as well with an unearned run.

James Paxton lasted five innings with four strikeouts, but did walk three against the Twins. Jesse Hahn won against the Blue Jays who did not seem to pack the bats for Oakland. Hahn pitched six innings off the disabled list giving up seven hits, one run (none earned) with a walk and two strikeouts.



Bullpen Musings

Before delving into any bullpen news, add Felipe Rivero if he’s available. Now that you’re back, Tony Watson blew his fourth save over his last 12 appearances seeing his ERA rise from 1.32 to 3.91 in the process. For those who panicked on Koda Glover, he saved his eighth game allowing a hit with a strikeout last night.

Craig Kimbrel struck out five in 1.1 innings of work. No, this is not a typo. He has been on another level this year, but he’s also appeared in the eighth inning this year, as many times (5) as he did all of last season.

Musing about stashing, Pat Neshek paid off for those who did it. Hector Neris allowed two hits during his one-third of an inning and was lifted for Neshek who recorded his first save getting the last two outs with a strikeout. Nothing official, but Neshek should get the next save chance for the Phillies.

Brad Brach won his game in relief pitching an inning with a strikeout. David Robertson bounced back with a clean inning and a strikeout for his ninth save. Corey Knebel entered the game for Milwaukee in a dirty situation to record his sixth save with a strikeout as well.

Bud Norris made the save with Cam Bedrosian off the disabled list, but he did give up two hits and a walk in the process. Monitor this very closely.

Rough nights for closers in teams from Texas. Matt Bush allowed four hits, three earned runs, two home runs and a walk in his outing last night. Ken Giles struggles entering with runners on base. He allowed a game tying hit in the eighth then a walk-off home run in the ninth for his second blown save.

With all the attrition, steady Santiago Casilla notched his 10th save with a hit allowed and two strikeouts.

Hitter Highlights

Home run derby at Yankee Stadium with Mitch Moreland (7), Hanley Ramirez (8) and Andrew Benintendi (8) reaching the seats. Chris Carter hit his fifth home run, but his lack of plate discipline and .183 average may make his days numbered with Greg Bird at Triple-A on rehab.

No one likes to roster David Freese, but he tallied two more hits and his sixth home run in Baltimore. Seth Smith (6) and Chris Davis (13) homered, but Jonathan Schoop launched two (10) with three RBI. Schoop’s hitting .288, but you knew this, right?

How did Chris Archer lose with 11 strikeouts? He gave up home runs to Yolmer Sanchez (3) and Avisail Garcia (9). Todd Frazier also hit his ninth home run in the ninth inning.

Break out Kole Calhoun who hit his ninth home run and finished 2-for-2 with two RBI. C.J. Cron hit his second home run of the season, both off of a southpaw. Hope he’s not sent back to Triple-A for doing something positive. Alex Avila made good on his match-up with Chavez hitting his ninth home run and raising his OPS to 1.028.

Stephen Piscotty represented all of the Cardinal offense with a solo home run (4) and his second over his last three games. Zack Cozart recorded two more hits to up his average to .353 on the year.

Odubel Herrera did not homer, but hit his 19th double of the season. He is now tied with Nolan Arenado for the lead in the majors. Thinking face emoji. Howie Kendrick went 3-for-4 and hit his second home run of the season.

Eric Sogard’s bringing goggles back. He went 2-for-4 with a run, double and two RBI for the Brewers. He is hitting .296 on the year with a contact rate over 90 percent and swinging strike percentage of one. Hernan Perez added his seventh home run in the win.

If the Cubs offense heats up, no one will be surprised. Anthony Rizzo’s showing signs of a hot streak going 2-for-5 last night with his 13th home run and four RBI. Jason Heyward finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.

Speaking of home runs, the Mets liked their first night in Texas. Juan Lagares (2), Asdrubal Cabrera (4), Neil Walker (8), Curtis Granderson (5) and Travis d’Arnaud (6) all went yard. Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks, Nomar Mazara tallied four hits with his seventh home run, and Joey Gallo hit his 17th home run.

After hitting his eighth home run, Carlos Beltran tied Chipper Jones for second all-time for extra-base hits with 1,055. For Kansas City, Alex Gordon broke the ice with his first home run of the season, and Salvador Perez recorded three hits. But it was Mike Moustakas who stole the show with four hits in five at-bats and his walk-off home run (15) as his trade stock continues to climb.

Bradley Zimmer made the most of his first trip to Coors hitting an opposite field blast for his fourth homer of the year. Lonnie Chisenhall added his seventh in their loss to Colorado. Carlos Gonzalez showed signs of life going 2-for-2 with four runs, his fifth home run and two RBI with two walks. Mark Reynolds continues his renaissance season with two home runs (16) and five RBI. He’s hitting .299 on the year.

Where would San Diego’s offense be without Hunter Renfroe? Not sure, but his two home runs (13) accounted for all their runs in Arizona last night. Jake “the Rake” Lamb went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI for the Diamondbacks. Chris Owings added his seventh home run and three RBI in their lopsided win.

Brian Dozier hit his ninth home run off of Paxton, but the Twins lost again. Danny Valencia stayed hot with a three RBI double, but Robinson Cano stole the show with his 11th home run and three RBI as well. Kyle Seager hit his sixth homer as well.

Lost in the Scherzer dominance, Trea Turner stole two more bases (18) and is now on pace for 51 this year. Patience kids.

Statistical Credits: Fangraphs.com, MLB.com

 

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