Many Reds have struggled against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez
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Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez
has been hot-and-cold recently, but if history is any indication, he's likely to perform well Saturday in Cincinnati.
Gonzalez has been lights-out in the past against several Reds hitters, including Brandon Phillips (1-8), Todd Frazier (0-5), Jay Bruce (2-10), Marlon Byrd (5-21) and Zack Cozart (1-11).
The Reds have 16 hits in 116 at-bats lifetime against Gonzalez.
Cubs 2B Addison Russell hits fourth home run of the season
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Cubs second baseman Addison Russell
launched his fourth home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Royals. Russell also doubled in the game and scored twice, and now has 11 hits in his last 37 at-bats, including two home runs.
Giants 2B Joe Panik collects two RBI in Thursday's win
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With the Giants clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, Giants second baseman Joe Panik
hit a double to drive in two runs to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. They would win the game 7-0.
The double off pitcher Brandon Cunniff was Panik's lone hit in four at-bats during the game. He also scored a run and is now hitting .296 on the season.
Prior to Thursday's game, Panik was hitting .350 with one home run and seven RBI in his last 10 games.
Braves prospect Jose Peraza makes first appearance in outfield
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Braves infield prospect Jose Peraza
played in the outfield for the first time in his career
during Wednesday's game for Triple-A Gwinnett. He started in center field.
Peraza is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 38) and Baseball America (No. 54). He has primarily played at shortstop and second base in his minor-league career.
He is batting .296 with two doubles, two home runs, three triples, 16 RBI, 19 runs and 14 stolen bases in 40 games for Gwinnett this season. He has a career .305/.350/.390/.739 slash line.
Cardinals' Kolten Wong hits sixth home run of season
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Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong
got back in the hit column by hitting a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Wong was on a nine-game hitting streak before failing to record one on Tuesday. He finished 1 for 5 on Wednesday. Wong now has six home runs for the season.
Wong now has a slash line of .316/.373/.483.
Nationals IF Danny Espinosa hits homer in win
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Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa
hit his sixth home run of the year in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Cubs.
The homer, which came in a pinch-hit situation, was an insurance run for the Nationals in the top of the ninth inning. Espinosa is now hitting .256/.357/.463 for the season.
Espinosa is on pace to have the best hitting season of his career. He's never ended a year with a batting average over .247.
Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu pushes hit streak to 10 games
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Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu
extended his hitting streak to 10 games with two singles during Wednesday's game against the Reds. He also had a walk and one run.
LeMahieu is batting .405 (15 for 37) with one triple, one home run and seven RBI in his last 10 games. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
Mets 2B Daniel Murphy hits safely three times in win
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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy
's bat has been scorching in May. He hit 3 for 4 with an RBI in his team's 7-0 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.
Murphy has 33 hits in 91 at-bats during the month of May, good for a .362 batting average.
Marlins' Dee Gordon lights it up in loss to Pirates
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Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon
's bat is on fire, and it didn't cool down on Wednesday.
Gordon hit 3 for 4 in his team's 5-2 loss, but continued what is now a six-game hitting streak.
In his last six games, Gordon has nine hits and seven stolen bases in 28 at-bats.
Giants 2B Matt Duffy drives in two runs during Tuesday's win
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Giants second baseman Matt Duffy
hit his third home run of the season to help lead the Giants to a 6-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
The two-run home run was hit off Matt Garza in the fourth inning and it was his only hit in four at-bats during the game. Over his last seven games, Duffy is 9 for 30 with two home runs and six RBI.