Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Out of 14 games played last night, six ended in shutouts. While four of them were team efforts, two of them were full-blown pitcher shutouts. Chris Tillman of the Orioles gave up five hits and struck out three while blanking the Royals and the Blue Jays’ Drew Hutchison gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one while keeping the Rangers off the scoreboard.

In the bulllpen-aided shutouts, Alfredo Simon tossed seven and two-thirds scoreless innings against the Phillies, Max Scherzer did it against the Red Sox through six innings that were interrupted by a 47-minute rain delay, Zack Greinke tamed the Diamondbacks through eight and Chris Archer handled the Angels for five and two-thirds before letting the bullpen finish the job.

The 1960s are fun, aren’t they?

Your Friday box scores:

Brewers 4, Cubs 3
Athletics 11, Indians 1
Reds 3, Phillies 0
Nationals 5, Mets 2
Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
Blue Jays 2, Rangers 0
Orioles 4, Royals 0
White Sox 7, Astros 2
Mariners 4, Twins 5
Cardinals 5, Braves 2
Rockies 3, Padres 1
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 0
Rays 3, Angels 0
Marlins 7, Giants 5
Pirates vs. Yankees: POSTPONED

Nick Pivetta to rejoin Phillies’ rotation

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Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.

Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.

Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.