Reds SS Ivan De Jesus blasts off in Saturday defeat
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:16 am ET) For a guy who emerged off the bench Saturday night, Reds shortstop Ivan De Jesus sure made the most of his opportunity.

De Jesus smacked two hits in the loss to Milwaukee, including his third home run, a solo blast in the fifth inning. He also walked in improving his slash line to a more-than-respectable .276/.333/.483.

He has six hits in his last 11 at-bats.

Reds 3B Todd Frazier rips four hits in loss to Brewers
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:09 am ET) The Reds lost Saturday to hot Milwaukee, but don't blame third baseman Todd Frazier. He slammed two doubles and two singles. The trouble is that all of them went for naught. He neither scored nor drove in a run.

His first multi-hit game since June 25 was also his first four-hit game of the season. Frazier has strengthened his slash line of .289/.348/.610. The slugging percentage ranks third in the bigs.

Brewers 1B Adam Lind stays on fire Saturday with homer
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:02 am ET) The Brewers have won seven straight games and white-hot first baseman Adam Lind has at least one RBI in all of them.

Actually, Lind has at least one RBI in eight straight, courtesy of a solo home run in the fourth inning Saturday against Cincinnati. He also singled, walked twice and scored two runs.

Lind is batting .388 (19-for-49) since June 20 with four doubles, four home runs, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored.

Reds SP Josh Smith falls apart in loss to Milwaukee
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/4/2015) Josh Smith has gone from bad to unlucky to bad again in three starts with the Reds. The latest got downright ugly.

Smith gave up five runs on five hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings of a blowout by Milwaukee that lowered his record to 0-2. He fanned a pair along the way.

His collapse was sudden and pronounced. He allowed baserunners in the first three innings, but escaped, then gave up a home run to Adam Lind leading off the fourth. It all fell apart in the fifth after a single and his own error. Another single, walk and hit-by-pitch sent him to the bench, where he watched all three runners score.

Smith is now saddled with a 7.30 ERA.

SP Jimmy Nelson just OK in helping Brewers win seventh straight
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/4/2015) The suddenly surging Brewers didn't get a gem out of starter Jimmy Nelson on Saturday, but they scored enough runs that it didn't matter.

Nelson, who has just two quality starts in his last eight outings, allowed three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, but managed to win in Cincinnati. He walked one and fanned five.

He had allowed only a home run to Marlon Byrd through four, but an Ivan De Jesus blast in the fifth and Byrd run-scoring single in the sixth weakened his performance.

Nelson has surrendered 18 runs in his last 28 1/3 innings pitched, yet he has won three straight starts.

Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez goes yard in Saturday win
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/4/2015) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has just two hits in his last 18 at-bats, but they were certainly wonderful hits. Both traveled over the fence.

Gonzalez slammed his 15th homer, a solo job in the second inning, to help his team beat the Mets on Saturday. He was hitless in his other four at-bats.

He sports a fine .518 slugging percentage on the year.

Phillies CF Odubel Herrera hits solo home run on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera launched a solo home run in a losing effort on Saturday against the Braves. Herrera's home run, his third of the season, came in the eighth inning with the Braves already up 9-4.

Herrera has been having a nice rookie season, as he is batting .261 with 22 RBI on the year.

Phillies' Darin Ruf blasts three-run home run in loss on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Making his first start in nearly a week, Phillies left fielder Darin Ruf connected for a three-run home run on Saturday against the Braves. It wasn't enough, however, as the Braves would hang on for the 9-5 victory.

Ruf's home run came in the fifth inning, but the Braves were already comfortably ahead 9-1 at the time. It was his only hit of the evening, and his fourth home run of the season--his first since May 17.

Braves' Kelly Johnson drives in three runs in win on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) First baseman Kelly Johnson had a big game for the Braves in their 9-5 win over the Phillies on Saturday. Johnson got the scoring started with a two-run single, kicking off a four-run first inning. 

Then, with the Braves already up 8-1 in the fourth, Johnson drove in the Braves' final run of the night with an RBI single in another four-run inning.

Overall, Johnson went 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored. The three RBI are the most he's had in a game since he had four on May 5.

Dodgers RP J.P. Howell earns save as Kenley Jansen sits
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/4/2015) Barack Obama was in his third year as president the last time Dodgers left-hander J.P. Howell recorded a save.

Howell now has a save for both of his terms in office. He registered another by striking out Curtis Granderson to nail down a win Saturday night aganst the Mets. His last previous save was in 2011.

His usage in that role was necessitated by the unavailability of closer Kenley Jansen, who threw 24 pitches in taking the loss Friday and has allowed a run in each of his last three appearances.

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