Russell was recently moved to second base at Triple-A to help provide the Cubs with more infield depth at second. He is batting .314 with one home run and seven RBI at Triple-A.
His one hit was key though, as he broke the game wide open with a three-run home run over the left field wall in the sixth inning off Wily Peralta to give the Reds a 4-0 lead. It was Cozart's second home run of the year and now boasts a .326 average with five RBI in 46 at-bats.Analysis:
Gomez has made three starts so far this season and is hitting .273 with two RBI in 11 at-bats. Gomez will likely be in the lineup for the next two days with Gennett waiting for a cut on his hand to heal. The Brewers are currently the favorites (-115) against the Reds.Analysis:
Mercer left Sunday's game after getting by a pitch, but X-rays on his rib cage came back negative. Manager Clint Hurdle said that the shortstop has one test remaining but the team is treating the injury as a contusion, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"He's in a better place than when I was talking to him (while he was) on his knees on the field," Hurdle said. "He's sore. He feels a lot better."
Jung Ho Kang is making his second start at shortstop for the Pirates, who are favorites (-110) at home against the Cubs Monday.Analysis:
Iowa manager Marty Pevey said, "He'll play second until I'm told for him not to play second," per the Des Moines Register.Analysis:
Crawford did his damage in the fourth inning when he ripped the first pitch he saw from Rubby De La Rosa over the right field wall, driving in Gregor Blanco. His home run came on a changeup, a pitch he seeing more frequently this season, MLB.com reports.
"I've been making the adjustment to be able to hit those pitches," Crawford said.
It was Crawford's third home run of the year and now has eight RBI with a .163 average.Analysis:
Flores slugged a two-run homer to cap a three-run sixth and added a single in the victory. He nudged his average 40 points to .222 in the process and is batting .300 in his last six games.Analysis:
"Both times Desmond didn't get a grip on the baseball. It's one of those things," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "He is going to be back out there tomorrow playing short for us and helping us win a game."
Desmond now has eight errors on the year.
"Brutal," Desmond said. "But I've done it before and I'm going to work my way out of it. … If this is the biggest problem in my life, I guess I'm doing all right. At the end of the year, I will look back at this and know that I made my way through it."Analysis:
With the tough transition, manager Clint Hurdle is looking to find something that works for Kang.
"We have conversations on how we're going to use him. Where we're going to use him," Hurdle said. "We've given (sending Kang to the minors) hardly any thought right now."
Kang is hitting just 1 for 9 to start the season with no RBI.
"It's up to Clint, it's up to the team," Kang said. "I'm open to anything the team wants me to do."Analysis:
Galvis drove in the Phillies first run of the game with an RBI single in the third inning. He drove in another run with a single in the fifth.
Galvis is hitting .317 with five RBI.Analysis: