The 24-year-old has been a high-average hitter thus far, but he finally managed to send one over the fence Saturday when Rockies starter Tyler Anderson let a 1-1 changeup get a little too much of the plate. Saturday's performance brings Drury's OPS up to .802, which is 15 points up from last season's final tally.
It was Zobrist's third home run of the season, and it provided two insurance runs for the Cubs. The veteran is off to an underwhelming start with a .214/.329/.386 slash line, but hitting in the middle of a potent lineup has helped his counting stats, as Zobrist has 12 runs and 11 RBI despite registering just 15 hits this season.
The veteran infielder has missed the last the last two games with groin stiffness, but was available in a pinch-hitting capacity Friday, so it appears all systems are go moving forward. Phillips is currently riding an 11-game hit streak and owns a .352 batting average on the season. He'll likely return to the No. 2 spot in the lineup once he gets back to full strength.
Making his first major-league start, the African native nearly hit an opposite-field homer, legging out a triple off the base of the right-center field wall. Although Ngoepe's not known for his offense, his solid defensive skills could help him see more at-bats while he's hot.
This will be the second time Panik has hit in the leadoff spot this season, going 2-for-4 with two doubles in his first stint atop the order. Manager Bruce Bochy mentioned Panik, along with Brandon Belt, as possible leadoff hitters against right-handed pitchers, so he should continue to see favorable placement in the lineup against righties if he keeps producing.
After sitting out Thursday's game with a jammed knee, Drury is back in the lineup for the Diamondbacks. The 24-year-old is off to a nice start at the plate this season, slashing .310/.372/.394 with seven runs and seven RBI through 20 games.
Although Phillips isn't starting, he is apparently feeling healthy enough to hit if needed. Jace Peterson is at second base for the game, while Phillips remains hopeful to return Saturday.
Forsythe has been partaking in baseball activities since Tuesday and is making progress from an injury that has kept him out since April 18. The Dodgers have an off day Thursday followed by a weekend series against the Padres; Forsythe's return will most likely fall during that three-game set.
LeMahieu will take a seat for just the second time all year as Pat Valaika takes over at second base in his stead. The 28-year-old is slashing .271/.361/.376 through 23 games this season.
Phillips received treatment prior to Friday's matchup after missing Thursday's game with the ailment, but appears to remain hindered. Jace Peterson will once again take over the keystone in his absence.