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Mike Fiers strikes out seven in loss vs. Cardinals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:50 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers took a loss Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-0 defeat against the Cardinals.

Fiers (6-3) pitched six near flawless innings before running into trouble in the seventh, walking a batter and allowing two singles to bring home two runs, one with the help of an error. Still, he owns an excellent 1.78 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 66:15 K:BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings. Fiers is slated to face the Reds Tuesday.


Hector Rondon earns 25th save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:48 pm ET) Cubs closer Hector Rondon delivered his 25th save Wednesday, walking one batter in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Reds.

Rondon has allowed just one earned run in his last 15 innings, but after going 22 innings without walking a batter, he's issued a walk in back-to-back appearances. The closer owns a 2.62 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 60:15 K:BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings.


Carlos Carrasco goes the distance Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:41 pm ET) Indians starter Carlos Carrasco went the distance Wednesday against the Astros.

Carrasco allowed just two hits over nine scoreless innings. He struck out 12 and walked one during the outing. Carrasco got off to an exceptional start. He put his first batter on base in the third inning via the walk, but didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning. He would give up his only other hit in the ninth. After a two-out single by Jose Altuve, Carrasco was able to drop a three-pitch strikeout against Dexter Fowler to end the game. Carrasco threw just 98 pitches during the outing.

With the win, Carrasco improved to 8-5. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start.


Kyle Hendricks tosses seven one-run innings vs. Reds
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:40 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on seven hits in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 3-1 victory over the Reds.

Hendricks (7-2) surrendered a run on a groundout in the first inning but was able to bounce back and throw six scoreless innings before exiting after just 80 pitches. It was his first quality start in three September tries. Hendricks owns a 2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 43:14 K:BB ratio in 75 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals next Wednesday.


Daniel Corcino strikes out six in loss vs. Cubs
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:40 pm ET) Reds pitcher Daniel Corcino took a loss Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Cubs.

Corcino (0-1) has given up just five hits in 11 2/3 innings over his first two starts, but he hasn't been able to break through with a win. The Cubs were able to push both runs across in the second inning after the Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first. Corcino owns a 4.40 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. He's not yet scheduled to start again but could slot in next Wednesday.


Brett Oberholtzer drops one Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:35 pm ET) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer was a hard luck loser Wednesday against the Indians. 

Oberholtzer allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. Oberholtzer started out well, tossing three scoreless innings to open the game. He ran into trouble in the fourth, giving up a single and RBI double with two outs. He allowed another run with two outs in the sixth inning. With a man on first, Oberholtzer allowed a run-scoring triple. Oberholtzer would nearly make it through eight innings before he was pulled. He threw 94 pitches.

With the loss, Oberholtzer dropped to 5-12. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


J.A. Happ turns in a tough start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:30 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had a tough start Wednesday against the Orioles.

Happ allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out six and did not issue a walk during the outing. Steve Pearce appeared to be the main issue for Happ. Pearce belted a solo home run in the third inning, starting the scoring. With two men on in the fifth inning, Pearce struck again. His two home runs accounted for four of the five runs Happ allowed. After giving up a leadoff single to start the seventh inning, Happ was pulled. The run would come around to score, and was charged to Happ.

With the loss, Happ dropped to 10-10. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start. 


Bud Norris wins despite control issues
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:29 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris had some control issues Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Norris allowed two hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked five and struck out four during the outing. Norris’ penchant for free passes nearly got him in trouble at a few points during the game. He put men on second and third with only one out in the second inning, but was able to work his way out of the jam. Norris also put two men on in his final inning of work. After getting a lineout, he was pulled from the game. Norris threw 108 pitches.

With the win, Norris improved to 14-8. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start. 


Steve Cishek earns 37th save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:29 pm ET) Marlins closer Steve Cishek secured his 37th save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Mets.

Cishek has strung together eigth straight scoreless outings, striking out 13 and walking only two during that stretch. He owns a 3.27 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 81:21 K:BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings.


Dillon Gee surrenders four runs in loss vs. Marlins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:24 pm ET) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee took a loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Marlins.

Gee (7-8) had a pair of runs score in the first inning, one on a wild pitch and the next on an infield single. The Marlins tacked on another run in the second inning before adding to a 3-2 lead in the seventh with an RBI double. Gee, who didn't surrender a home run for the first time in four starts, owns a 3.88 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 92:43 K:BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals next Wednesday.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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