Jose Berrios has been one of the Twins’ top prospects for a couple years, and the highly rated starting pitcher finally displayed some of his talent Saturday in a 4-1 win against the Indians. Berrios, who was promoted from Triple-A on Friday, allowed just one earned run off of two hits and four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
Mookie Betts and Chris Sale led the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Rays. Betts went 2 for 4 with two runs scored a home run and three RBIs. Sale whiffed 12 batters while giving up just three runs off of two hits in seven innings, and is now 4-2 with a 2.15 ERA this season.
Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber went 0 for 4 in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals, and is now batting just .183 this season. It is time for Joe Maddon to abort the controversial decision to bat Schwarber leadoff. It isn’t working.
The Nationals have most of the pieces to be a World Series contender, but they’re going to have to find some way to fix their bullpen or it could cost them in September. The Orioles also look to be a legitimate contender with their ability to win close games. Baltimore is now 8-1 in games decided by a single run and Trumbo’s walk-off winner was the seventh of his career.
Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin improved to 4-0 on the season with a complete-game shutout of the Padres. Griffin scattered just four hits and struck out four with one walk in the 11-0 victory. He is the first Rangers pitcher to toss a shutout since Colby Lewis on Sept. 11, 2015.
Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz lasted just four innings at Miller Park. He surrendered first-inning home runs to Eric Thames and Keon Broxton as the Brewers jumped out to a 5-1 lead en route to an 11-7 victory. Pomeranz was tagged for six runs on seven hits with just two strikeouts and a pair of walks to Brewers leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar.