Junichi Tazawa continued his trend of giving up runs last night, although this time the major blow was a grand slam which allowed the Astros to take the lead and never look back. Tazawa relieved Dan Straily in the sixth inning after the starter was hit by a line drive off the bat of Evan Gattis in the fourth, and never looked the same afterwards. Luckily, he only suffered a bruise and should pitch again in five days.
Straily’s impressive start (despite the length of the outing) made for two in-a-row after Justin Nicolino threw six strong innings in a spot start on Sunday. Nicolino presents another option for the Marlins moving forward, even though he has struggled in such a position in seasons past.
The resolve of Marlins supporters has been tested during the team’s recent rough stretch, but, through thick and thin, supporters will always be there for Miami.
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The Giants have quietly won four games in-a-row in their quest to get back to .500. Last night’s win over the Dodgers was the first time that they have scored six runs or more in consecutive games since the very first series of the season.
The All-Star Game is still just under two months away, but there are many players who are stating their case for being selected, including these ten names.
Hunter Pence has landed on the ten-day DL with a hamstring strain.
Carlos Gomez’s hamstring strain is a bit more serious, as he will miss four to six weeks.
There aren’t any surprises when it comes to the most feared hitters since the turn of the millennium.