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J. Gyorko - 3B
Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the White Sox on Thursday.
Gyorko got the Brewers on the board in the third inning when he swatted a Gio Gonzalez fastball to center field to plate Christian Yelich, and he drove himself in when he lined a two-run shot over the boards in left field in the fifth. The homer was the first of the year for Gyorko, and his first as a member of the Brewers after he signed a one-year, $2 million contract this past winter. The 31-year-old has been passable in seven games thus far, hitting .267/.313/.533 while manning the hot corner and hitting in the middle part of the lineup for the Crew.
Added 1:05 am (EST)
L. García - SS
Leury Garcia went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.
Garcia was the White Sox offense in this one, knocking in all three of the team's runs against Brewers starter Josh Lindblom and crew. It started when he popped a two-run home run in the second inning, and in the ninth he added an RBI double. With both Tim Anderson and Nick Madrigal on the 10-day injured list Garcia figures to see everyday playing time up the middle, starting at shortstop and batting seventh Thursday. Between the regular playing time and the fact that the 29-year-old has started off the year hitting .326/.383/.558 with three homers in 12 games, Garcia is a viable middle infielder in deeper mixed leagues and certainly in AL-only leagues right now.
Added 1:00 am (EST)
Christian Yelich hit an inside-the-park home run and scored three runs in a win over the White Sox on Thursday.
Yelich skied a Gio Gonzalez offering to left field in the fifth inning, and White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez, channeling his inner Marcell Ozuna, somehow managed to turn it into a home run. Jimenez broke back toward the wall before realizing the drive was going to land well short, and by the time he got to the left field line the ball dropped in front of his outstretched glove and bounced high off the dirt. Jimenez, meanwhile, went crashing into the netting protecting the empty stands, and by the time he recovered and retrieved the ball Yelich was rounding third on his way to home. The 28-year-old slid in safely as the relay throw sailed to the backstop. The homer was his second of the season and, even if it was a bit of a gift, one he sorely needed after he's gotten off to a cold start at the dish. It does seem as though he's coming around -- along with the circus act, Yelich also walked four times and scored two more runs in the win -- and he's just too good of a hitter to be held down for long. Maybe a little help busting out of his slump was what Yelich needed to get going.
Added 1:00 am (EST)
F. Peralta - RP
Freddy Peralta struck out six White Sox over three scoreless innings of relief Thursday.
Peralta surrendered a hit and a walk but nothing else over his three frames, dominating a good White Sox lineup in the process. The relief outing came after the 24-year-old started the third game of the season for the Brewers. Since then the team had its series against the Cardinals scuttled due to COVID-19 and starters Brett Anderson and Eric Lauer have returned to the rotation, seemingly pushing both Peralta and Corbin Burnes to the bullpen as a result. Both have been more effective in relief roles but it's a huge hit to both players' fantasy value if they're not starting games. Those holding Peralta in fantasy leagues can feel free to cut him loose, even despite Thursday's strong showing.
Added 12:44 am (EST)
J. Lindblom - SP
Josh Lindblom struck out seven while allowing two runs over five innings in a win Thursday against the White Sox.
After a disappointing and injury-shortened Brewers debut against the Pirates his first time out, Lindblom showed very well against a better offense Thursday. The right-hander gave up just four hits and one walk over his five innings, with a Leury Garcia two-run homer the only blemish on his resume for the evening. The win was his first since coming back to MLB from the Korea Baseball Organization and his first in the majors since he was a member of the Rangers in 2013. The Brewers are hopeful the old dog learned some new tricks overseas after inking him to a three-year deal this winter, and Thursday was a step in the right direction. A very tough test awaits Tuesday when the Brewers play host to the potent Twins offense.
Added 12:32 am (EST)
Jonathan Villar went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a stolen base to help the Marlins outlast the Orioles 8-7 on Thursday.
Villar got the party started in the bottom of the first inning when he jumped on the first pitch he saw from Wade LeBlanc, smacking it over the left field wall for a solo homer. It was a precursor of things to come, as the two sides combined for 22 hits and 15 runs in the back-and-forth affair. Villar also had a couple of singles, including a run-scoring single in the fourth inning, and stole his second base of the season -- giving him the ever-popular combo meal -- in the victory. Through seven games the 29-year-old is showing why the Marlins were keen to take a flyer on him this past offseason, hitting .269/.333/.385 with the dinger and two steals.
Added 12:25 am (EST)
R. Núñez - 1B
Renato Nunez socked a pair of solo homers in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.
Nunez left little doubt either time, walloping first a Jordan Yamamoto cutter in the second inning before later punishing a Jorge Guzman fastball in the sixth. He's now got four homers on the young season after belting a career-high 31 last year. One notable difference through this season's first handful of games is that he's producing more outside of the homers, hitting .273 with a .360 on-base percentage after hitting .244 with a .311 OBP in 2019. If he can keep up these gains without losing any of the prodigious power for which he's known, we're suddenly talking about a mixed league asset rather than a one-trick pony he's been in years past. Color us intrigued.
Added 12:17 am (EST)
B. Anderson - 3B
Brian Anderson went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Thursday's win over the Orioles.
Anderson was in the middle of the action in this back-and-forth affair, giving the Marlins an early lead with a two-run single in the third inning before crushing a rare RBI triple to the deepest part of OPACY to extend the Marlins' lead in the seventh inning. It would prove to be an important insurance run as the O's closed the gap in the ninth before closer Brandon Kintzler slammed the door. Anderson and his Marlins teammates haven't played many games this year after having their season paused for COVID-19 reasons, but the 27-year-old has raked in the seven games in which he has played. Through Thursday, Anderson is hitting .304/.407/.652 with a pair of homers, eight RBI and four runs scored.
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