We start on the transaction wire this morning, where we found Jacob Diekman HAS been called up to the Phillies, along with Raul Valdes, Mike Fontenot, and Hector Luna. Also Justin De Fratus has been moved from the 15-day to the 60-day DL because of his right elbow problems.
Oakland has sent Michael Taylor back to AAA-Sacramento after less than a week, and the Colorado Rockies have activated Josh Outman.
Back on the field, Carlos Ruiz (.340) had 3 hits, including his 4th home run, and a walk, and drove in 3 runs to lead the Phillies to a 7-3 win over San Diego, snapping the skid. Freddy Galvis had an RBI double to add to the cause, and back a good outing from Vance Worley. Vance went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 9 to notch his 3rd win of the season. Antonio Bastardo went the next 2 frames, allowing just 1 walk, to get his 3rd hold, and drop his ERA to 1.80.
In Chicago, Gavin Floyd continues to pitch very well, if under the radar, and tossed 7.2 shut out innings at the Royals, to lead the White Sox to a 5-0 win. Gavin allowed just 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5 to improve to 3-3, 2.53 for the year.
The wins by Vance and Gavin give the HomeSide 16 major league wins for 2012.
In Milwaukee, the Brewers defeated Lendy Castillo with 13th inning run to gain an 8-7 win over the Cubs. Castillo did not retire a hitter and allowed 2 hits and the game winning run. A rule 5 selection last December, the Cubs have elected to keep Castillo on their roster, but they- and Lendy are paying the price. Castillo has a 7.04 ERA and may be a little overmatched, having not pitched in higher than A ball previously.
In Minnesota, the Twins defeated Kyle Drabek and the Blue Jays by the score of 7-6. Drabek (2-4, 3.66) only made it through 4.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks, picking up 5 Ks on the way.........In St. Louis, Michael Bourn (.326) had 2 singles, a double, a walk, and scored a run the help the Braves to a 9-7, 12-inning victory over the Cardinals...........In Cincinnati, the Nationals defeated the Reds, 7-3. Alfredo Simon (.2.63) threw 2 innings for the Reds, and gave up 1run on 3 hits, striking out 3.