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Astros call up first base prospect Jon Singleton from Triple-A


Jon Singleton struggled in his first taste of the majors last season, but the 23-year-old first base prospect has been crushing Triple-A pitching this season and now the Astros are calling him up for a second go-around.

Singleton batted .168 with 134 strikeouts in 95 games as a rookie last year, which was bad enough to create concerns about his long-term potential after ranking among Baseball America’s top-100 prospects in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

But it’s hard to argue with his Triple-A production this year, which includes hitting .280 with 17 homers, 17 doubles, and a .940 OPS in 70 games while drawing 47 walks compared to 60 strikeouts. Singleton also had similar numbers at Triple-A last season, so he absolutely deserves a chance to show that he’s better than the rookie ugliness.

It’s unclear how much action Singleton will see or how long he’ll stick with the Astros, because Evan Gattis and Chris Carter have been serving as Houston’s everyday designated hitter/first baseman duo.

For now he takes the roster spot of veteran reliever Chad Qualls, who was placed on the disabled list.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlight

Jacob deGrom

Mets 2, Brewers 0: Jacob deGrom was fantastic, pitching eight shutout innings. He kind of had to given the Mets’ offense these days.

White Sox 8, Tigers 7: Tied in the tenth, Joba Chamberlain came into the game. The White Sox weren’t impressed. Melky Cabrera walked, Chamberlain hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch, J.B. Shuck’s hit an infield single to shortstop and then Carlos Sanchez tripled into right to clear the bases and put Chicago ahead 8-5. The Tigers plated two in the bottom half but two was not enough.

Orioles 8, Red Sox 6: The Orioles put up a a six-run fourth inning, capped by a Matt Wieters two-run homer. J.J. Hardy had a two-run double and Steve Pearce had three hits. The bigger deal for Baltimore is that Miguel Gonzalez came off the DL and made it through five innings. Not five great innings — he gave up four runs — but five healthy innings.

Athletics 6, Rangers 3: The sweep for Oakland. The A’s have won five in a row and, while they still have a pretty poor record and have a ton of teams ahead of them, they are only six games out of the wild card. Everyone is assuming they’ll have a fire sale. With parity and two wild cards, does anyone have a fire sale anymore? At least in the middle of the season?

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0: The Dodgers’ rotation does not look like they thought it would before the season began, but occasionally they get some decent results. Carlos Frias gave them some yesterday, tossing five shutout innings before handing it over to the pen. Jon Lester gave up all four Dodgers runs and didn’t make it past the fourth inning. He hasn’t won in seven starts.

Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4: Despite all of the runs scored in the first couple of games of this series, it was only 2-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth. Then Colorado put up a five-spot, kicked off with a Troy Tulowitzki pinch-hit homer. Dbacks pitchers walked five guys that inning, two intentionally. Putting guys on base in Colorado is a good way to die.

Giants 13, Padres 8: Brandon Belt hit two triples and the Giants had four in all, which is not the sort of thing you see everyday. Then again, you don’t get to play the Padres and their sub-par outfield every day. A couple likely would’ve been triples with anyone playing out there, but Matt Duffy’s came “past a diving Kemp.”  Brandon Belt’s second triple likewise went to right. It was over Kemp’s head and would’ve been over anyone’s, but it’s not like Kemp was The Flash getting to the ball and getting it back in.

Nationals 7, Braves 0: Man the Braves stink. That’s eight in a row they’ve dropped to Washington, whose starters have put up 41 and a third consecutive shutout innings. Now Max Scherzer is going to pitch against the poor-hitting Phillies, so expect more of the same. Or maybe even a Johnny Vander Meer.

Reds 5, Pirates 4: A pretty decent game from Brandon Phillips, who hit the go-ahead homer in the 13th inning and did this:


Todd Frazier had himself a decent game too, with three hits, including a tying homer in the seventh

Cardinals 5, Marlins 1: I’m sure the Cardinals have lost at some point this season, I just can’t really picture it in my mind. Lance Lynn came off the DL to toss six shutout innings. Pete Kozma came off the bench to go 3-for-3 and score two runs. St. Louis is basically the Terminator this year.

Astros 4, Yankees 0: The Astros won a game and didn’t hit any homers? Wild. Of course they didn’t need to with Dallas Keuchel tossing a six-hit shutout and striking out 12. Jose Altuve had three hits and scored three times. Evan Gattis drove in a couple.

Braves demote Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A

Mike Foltynewicz Braves

Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz is headed back to Triple-A six weeks after being called up and added to the starting rotation.

Foltynewicz had some early success, but allowed 16 runs in 16 innings this month to push his overall ERA to 5.19 in nine starts. He posted a solid 48/17 K/BB ratio in 52 innings, but served up eight homers.

Acquired from the Astros in January as part of the Evan Gattis trade, Foltynewicz is a 23-year-old former first-round draft pick who ranked among Baseball America’s top-100 prospects last year. He remains a big part of the Braves’ rebuilding plans.