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  • STL Starting Pitcher #54
    Sonny Gray pitched seven innings of one-run ball and struck out nine Wednesday against the Pirates.
    Coming off a down stretch that saw him post a 5.46 ERA in his previous six starts, Gray tonight turned in his first quality start since May 3. He’s now 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA overall. He’s somehow received decisions in all of his starts to date, and he’s the only pitcher qualified for the ERA title who can say that. So far this year, starters have qualified for a decision in 62% of their starts, getting the win 29% of the time and the loss 33% of the time.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher #18
    Dodgers transferred RHP Yoshinobu Yamamoto to the 60-day injured list.
    Nothing has changed in the prognosis for the star 25-year-old hurler, this was merely done as a procedural move to free up a spot on the team’s 40-man roster for the addition of Brent Honeywell on Saturday. Yamamoto has begun his throwing program — playing catch from a distance of 60 feet — as he works his way back from a rotator cuff strain.
  • STL Catcher #40
    Willson Contreras went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks and two runs scored on Saturday as the Cardinals eked out a 5-4 victory over the Cubs.
    Contreras victimized his former team in the opening inning with a 364-foot (103.9 mph EV) solo shot off of Javier Assad. He then started the Cardinals’ go-ahead rally in the eighth inning with a leadoff walk and then raced home on Nolan Arenado’s go-ahead two-run single. He’s having an impressive season at the dish, slashing .273/.405/.517 with 10 homers, 24 RBI and three stolen bases in only 50 games.
  • STL Relief Pitcher #56
    Ryan Helsley registered his league-leading 32nd save of the season on Saturday night, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead against the Cubs.
    Helsley made things interesting as he allowed a one-out single to Seiya Suzuki — who then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He rallied though to get Ian Happ on a ground ball to third base and Christopher Morel on strikes to end it. Helsley has been an unstoppable force out of the Cardinals’ bullpen this season, posting a 2.36 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 48/17 K/BB ratio over 42 innings while securing 32 saves in 34 chances.
  • STL Starting Pitcher #44
    Kyle Gibson was hit hard in a no-decision against the Cubs on Saturday night, giving up four runs on 10 hits in just four innings of work.
    The 36-year-old right-hander also allowed two free passes on the night while striking out three. All of the scoring done against him came in the second inning, as Miguel Amaya clubbed a two-run homer, while Nico Hoerner and Seiya Suzuki chipped in run-scoring singles. Gibson generated nine swings and misses on 97 pitches on the night, registering an underwhelming CSW of only 23 percent. He finishes a tumultuous first half with a 7-3 record, 4.16 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and a 96/41 K/BB ratio over 101 2/3 innings through his first 18 starts.
  • CHC Catcher #9
    Miguel Amaya blasted a two-run homer on Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Cubs past the Cardinals.
    The 25-year-old backstop clobbered a game-tying 404-foot (101.6 mph EV) two-run shot off of Kyle Gibson in the second inning. He also worked a pair of walks in the ballgame, finishing the day 1-for-2 officially. On the season, he’s now slashing .201/.266/.288 with three homers and 18 RBI on the season.
  • CHC Starting Pitcher #72
    Javier Assad struggled in his return from the injured list on Saturday, giving up three runs on seven hits over 2 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals.
    Assad also issued a pair of walks on the night and didn’t record a strikeout. Things got bad for Assad right out of the gate as Masyn Winn slugged a leadoff homer and later in the first inning Willson Contreras added a solo shot of his own. The Cardinals added on in the second on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alec Burleson. Assad got just two whiffs on 44 pitches in the game, posting a CSW of 27 percent. He now holds a 3.27 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and a 79/35 K/BB ratio over 85 1/3 innings in 17 starts on the season.
  • WAS Relief Pitcher #54
    The Nationals are expected to promote Amos Willingham from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday to take the place of Hunter Harvey in the team’s bullpen.
    The Nationals will have to restructure their late inning mix after dealing Hunter Harvey to the Royals on Saturday and it sounds like Willingham will at least get an opportunity to stick this time around. Expect either Dylan Floro or Derek Law to emerge as the primary setup man for closer Kyle Finnegan.
  • MIN First Baseman #30
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 and clubbed a solo home run on Saturday night, powering the Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco.
    Santana also drew a pair of walks in the contest, reaching base safely in each of his four plate appearances. His 361-foot (102.2 mph EV) go-ahead solo shot off of Taylor Rogers in the sixth inning that gave the Twins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The streaky 38-year-old slugger is now hitting .247/.328/.431 to go along with 13 long balls and 41 RBI on the year.
  • MIN Relief Pitcher #59
    Jhoan Duran slammed the door on the Giants on Saturday night, protecting a two-run lead to earn his 15th save of the season.
    As he often does, Duran made it look easy in this one, getting Michael Conforto on a swinging third strike, LaMonte Wade Jr. on a ground ball to second base and Mike Yastrzemski on a ground ball to shortstop to end it. The 26-year-old hurler now boasts a 2.93 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and a 29/10 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings on the season to go along with five victories and 15 saves.
  • MIN Starting Pitcher #78
    Simeon Woods-Richardson had mixed results in Saturday’s no-decision against the Giants, allowing two runs on seven hits over his 4 1/3 innings.
    On the plus side, the right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the evening while allowing just one base on balls. He kept the Giants off the board completely through the first three frames until Mike Yastrzemski broke through with an RBI single in the fourth. He then gave up an RBI single to Jorge Soler in the fifth inning before turning the ball over to the Twins’ bullpen. Woods-Richardson generated 10 whiffs on 86 pitches on the evening, posting a solid CSW of 30 percent. The 23-year-old hurler finishes his first half with a 3-1 record, 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and a 71/24 K/BB ratio across 82 innings in his 16 starts.