It was only his fifth long ball of the year and first since way back on June 11 against the Braves. Heyward's power drought over his first Cubs campaign has been relatively surprising, given that he's put together six straight double-digit homer seasons to start his career. The 26-year-old has endured a rough month of July as well, with only six extra-base hits and five RBI over 84 at-bats.
Puig was not healthy enough to play a full nine innings Friday, but he was able to get on the field for the first time in a week. Puig's pinch-hit appearance prevents the Dodgers from backdating a potential stint on the disabled list, which suggests Puig's return to the starting lineup may not be far off.
Bradley atoned for a defensive miscue in the second inning while his sixth inning bomb off Tim Lincecum. He continues to build on his breakout season and now has 60 runs and 62 RBI to go with his 17th homer, all career highs across the board.
While Dickerson did not make it out of the first inning in Friday's game, he does not appear to be dealing with a serious setback at first glance. It's not clear if the injury will force Dickerson to miss any further action, but that will become clear when the Padres release their lineup several hours prior to their next game Saturday.
Pollock began hitting off a tee in mid-July, but he has now advanced to the point where he can step into the batter's box and hit baseballs thrown by a pitcher. Pollock still has several steps to go in his recovery from a fractured elbow, but he continues to make good progress, and there remains optimism that he will be able to get on the field before this season comes to a close.
Dickerson was able to walk off the field following the collision, but he will not be able to continue beyond the top of the first inning Friday night. Expect an update on his status when more details regarding his health are released.
Collins was just 3-for-14 (.214) since returning from neck spasms on July 22, but made up for that with his best game of the year, and just the fifth three-hit performance of his career. Despite his effort Friday, Collins is still not much more than a punt play in daily leagues.
After sitting out four games with a strained back, Maybin made up for lost time by filling the stat sheet against the Astros. He's now scored three-plus runs in three games this season, all of which have come during July. A wrist injury delayed the start of Maybin's season to mid-May, but he's been a hit machine since returning. His .332 average is astronomically higher than his .257 career mark.
The outfielder is slashing a ridiculous .317/.369/.549 through 388 at-bats this season. After being slowed by injuries in two of his last three campaigns, Gonzalez has been healthy for all of 2016 and is on pace to hit 30-plus home runs, notch 100-plus RBI and score 100-plus runs, a feat he's accomplished just once in his eight previous MLB seasons.
The center fielder raised his average to .303 with his first four-hit performance of the season. Despite a short stint on the DL earlier in the year, Blackmon is still on pace to challenge last season's career highs in doubles (31) and runs scored (93).