Stephen Strasburg was terrific in his return from the disabled list Saturday against the Rockies …
Strasburg was out for a little over a month because of a left oblique strain. He also missed time earlier this year with a trapezius strain. “He didn’t look like he was coming off the DL,” Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez told Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post on Saturday night. “His stuff was electric”
Strasburg still owns an ugly 4.76 season ERA, but he’s obviously very capable of a strong finish.
Jaime Garcia went seven scoreless innings and rookie outfielder Stephen Piscotty hit a pair of RBI singles as the Cardinals bested the Brewers 3-0 on Saturday night at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Garcia now holds a 1.77 ERA through 66 innings (10 starts) this season and the Cardinals’ pitching staff has combined for 36 straight scoreless frames.
They’ve rattled off three shutouts in a row.
St. Louis stands 71-39 with a six-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central standings. Sunday afternoon’s series finale in Milwaukee pits veteran John Lackey against Jimmy Nelson.
Lackey is sporting the best ERA (2.85) of his illustrious 13-year major league career.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 0
Astros 1, Athletics 2
Giants 6, Cubs 8
Dodgers 5, Pirates 6
Rangers 11, Mariners 3 (11 innings)
Mets 4, Rays 5
Rockies 1, Nationals 6
Red Sox 6, Tigers 7
White Sox 6, Royals 7
Cardinals 3, Brewers 0
Twins 4, Indians 17
Marlins 2, Braves 7
Reds 4, Diamondbacks 1
Phillies 4, Padres 2
Orioles 5, Angels 0
Joe Panik has been held out of the Giants’ lineup since Saturday because of lingering inflammation in his lower back, and it doesn’t sound like the young second baseman is close to returning to action.
An MRI taken earlier this week ruled out anything major, but Giants trainer Dave Groeschner told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday that Panik has been administered a cortisone injection. The shot should help Panik get over the back discomfort, but it’s likely to extend his absence a little further. Kelby Tomlinson filled in at second base Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with three RBI in San Francisco’s defeat of the Braves.
Panik, 24, owns a cool .309/.374/.443 slash line 97 games this season for the Giants.