The home run was just Frazier's sixth on the year. It's been a very disappointing season for the 31-year-old, and he's slashing an embarrassing .186/.305/.364 to date. Another 40-home run season is in jeopardy, but there's hope for a rebound due to his incredibly low .194 BABIP. Frazier has always been more of an all-or-nothing bat, though, so you know what you're getting. There's buy-low potential here, however.
Longoria hit the first of back-to-back home runs with Logan Morrison in the 15th inning to put the finishing touches on. He continues his dominance of Minnesota with 16 home runs and 57 RBI in 58 career games against them. His ninth-inning double snapped an 0-for-12 slump. Longoria has been off to a somewhat disappointing start, but his .268 BABIP should rise and help him improve his average as the weather heats up.
Garcia, starting at second base for the injured Kolten Wong, connected for his first home run of the season in the sixth inning on Sunday. Garcia will continue to be part of the group that fills in for Wong while he is out, but he doesn't offer much in the way of offensive pop. The run he drove in on Sunday was just his third in 83 plate appearances this year.
DeJong became the 119th player in major league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat, the 20th as a pinch hitter, doing it on the same day he was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. He connected for a solo shot off Rockies closer Greg Holland on just the second pitch he saw. DeJong was called up to replace an injured Kolten Wong, bringing a versatile glove with him. Apparently the pop he showcased in the minors is real, too. He hit a team-high 11 home runs before being recalled. DeJong is expected to fill in at multiple positions along the St. Louis infield.
Gyorko got St. Louis on the board with the first of the Cardinals' four solo home runs on the day. Gyorko's eighth blast of the year came in the sixth inning off German Marquez to cut the Rockies' lead to three. It was just Gyorko's second home run in his last 21 games, but he's managed to still be productive while batting in the heart of the Cardinal lineup. He leads the team with a .322 average and his 21 RBI ranks second.
Sporting a .198/.305/.525 slash line and 36.9 strikeout percentage with 15 of his 32 hits leaving the yard, Gallo is a feast-or-famine hitter. His batting average is a rotisserie anchor, but otherwise, his counting starts are sterling: 32 RBI, 32 runs and four stolen bases to go with his 15 bombs. Adrian Beltre (calf) has worked his way back from injury, so Gallo's playing time could take a hit now that the veteran is back. It's probably worth taking a wait-and-see approach and not making any hasty roster decision, though.
Bregman seems to have broken out of his season-long power outage with three homers and three doubles in the last two weeks, but he's still been unable to make up much ground with his batting average, which sits at a disappointing .250 for the campaign. After going 1-for-11 with five strikeouts over his previous three games, Bregman will hit the bench for the day game after the night game, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to pick up a start at the hot corner.
Arroyo sat out Saturday as well, and manager Bruce Bochy later announced that the infielder was receiving scheduled days off. That break will continue into Sunday, where Eduardo Nunez will draw the start at first base.
Per Berardino, manager Paul Molitor said that he decided to hold Sano out of the lineup for the second straight day to "take mental stress" off the young slugger. Sano has struck out in 11 of 14 at-bats over the Twins' last four games, but thanks to his hot start to the season, the 24-year-old still upholds a .290 batting average.
Manager John Farrell indicated that Sandoval, who has been sidelined since April 24 with the right knee sprain, is still in need of getting more at-bats and innings in the field until the Red Sox feel comfortable activating him. Fortunately for Sandoval, everything seems sound on the health front, so once he's able to log a few more games with Pawtucket, he should be ready to come off the disabled list before the big club's weekend series in Baltimore. Deven Marrero will retain regular duties at third base for the Red Sox until Sandoval is activated.