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Cubs RP Tommy Hunter gets two-out save in team debut
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:54 pm ET) New Cubs reliever Tommy Hunter made his team debut on Saturday, and recorded a two-out save in the 4-2 win over the Brewers. The save was the first of the season for Hunter, who was acquired from the Orioles on Friday.

Hunter was summoned with one out in the ninth when Jason Motte put a runner on second. Hunter allowed that run to score on an RBI groundout, and then retired the final batter to close out the game.

It was Hunter's first save since May 2014, when he recorded 11 saves for the Orioles. 


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole comes up short in loss to Reds
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:51 pm ET) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't have enough to come up with a win during his start against the Reds on Saturday.

Cole tossed five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. When he had his pitches going, he flashed dominance -- he recorded eight strike outs to just one walk.

With the loss, the All-Star falls to 14-5 on the season with a 2.36 ERA.


Cubs SP Kyle Hendricks shuts down Brewers bats for fifth win
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:50 pm ET) Cubs young right-hander Kyle Hendricks was in fine form in his outing against the Brewers on Saturday. Hendricks allowed one run on four hits over seven-plus innings in the 4-2 victory. He walked two and struck out six, throwing 68 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

Hendricks (5-5, 3.67 ERA) was on top of his game in this one, allowing his only run in the fourth inning, with his team already leading by four runs. 

This was a solid bounceback effort for Hendricks, who had allowed nine runs in 11 innings over his previous two starts. 


Reds closer Aroldis Chapman notches 22nd save of the season
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:45 pm ET) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman wasn't as crisp as we have become accustomed to on Saturday against the Pirates, but he still managed to pick up his 22nd save of the season.

Despite allowing three hits, a walk and a run, Chapman struck out two batters and closed out his team's 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. He now has a 1.81 ERA in 44 2/3 innings this season.


Reds SP Raisel Iglesias strikes out five in win over Pirates
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:43 pm ET) Reds starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias enjoyed a pretty solid start against the Pirates on Saturday.

Iglesias limited his mistakes during the 6 2/3 innings he faced off against Pittsburgh, and it paid off as he picked up his second win of the season. He allowed two runs on four hits, two walks and a home run, but he did manage to strike out five batters.

With the win, Iglesias improved to 2-3 on the year with a 5.13 ERA.


Astros pitcher Vincent Velasquez optioned to Triple-A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:42 pm ET) Astros young pitcher Vincent Velasquez is headed back to Triple-A Corpus Christi. Velasquez was optioned down to the minors after pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Manager A.J. Hinch said Velasquez will remain in the bullpen at Triple-A, as he will look to get more innings under his belt before returning to Houston. 

The move was made to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for the newly-acquired right-hander Mike Fiers. 


Astros SP Dallas Keuchel picks up 13th win on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:39 pm ET) Astros ace Dallas Keuchel benefited from nine runs of support on Saturday, as he beat the Diamondbacks 9-2. Keuchel allowed two runs on two hits over six strong innings. He walked three and struck out eight, throwing 65 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Keuchel (13-5, 2.35 ERA) allowed both of his runs in the second inning, actually putting the team down 2-1. But the Astros' bats powered up and rallied for five runs in the fourth inning to back their starter.

This was a good bounceback effort for the 2015 All-Star, after he had allowed five runs on 10 hits in his previous start. 


Braves SS Andrelton Simmons hurts thumb in loss
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:39 pm ET) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons hurt his right thumb during Saturday's loss to the Phillies, per AJC.com.

X-rays on the thumb came up negative, but the severity of the injury is not yet clear. Simmons went 0 for 3 with a strikeout on Saturday.


Diamondbacks' Jeremy Hellickson gives up three homers in loss
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:36 pm ET) Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson did not have a good outing against the Astros on Saturday. The right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over just 3 1/3 innings in the 9-2 loss. 

Hellickson (7-7, 4.95 ERA) was done in by the longball in this one. He gave up a solo home run to Carlos Correa in the first inning, and then a pair of bombs to Hank Conger--a solo shot in the third and a grand slam in the fourth.

This was the third time in Hellickson's career that he allowed three home runs in a game. He had been pitching well prior to this start, posting a 1.88 ERA over his previous four outings.


Nationals SP Joe Ross gets no-decision in loss to Mets Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:23 pm ET) Nationals rookie starter Joe Ross was solid in his outing on Saturday, but was left with a no-decision in the 3-2 loss to the Mets. Ross allowed two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six, throwing 64 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

Ross was bitten by the longball in the is one, specifically by Lucas Duda. Both runs Ross gave up on Saturday came on a pair of solo home runs by Duda, one in the fourth and another in the seventh.

Overall this season, the youngster has been solid this year. Saturday's performance lowered his ERA to 3.00, as he has not allowed more than three runs in any of the first six starts of his career. 


 
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