MLB In Full Bloom - Tyson Ross Dominates & Padres Offense Erupts - 7/25/2014


Tyson Ross continued his dominance Thursday night against the Cubs over six innings to earn the victory. Ross was in control from the first inning and he piled up a season-high 11 strikeouts over six innings in a victory over the Cubs. He surrendered just one run on five hits and a walk last night. Ross began missing bats at an impressive rate during his breakout 2013 campaign, and has carried over that success right into this season. Through Thursday, his 143 strikeouts tie him with teammate Ian Kennedy for third in the National League, trailing only Johnny Cueto and Stephen Strasburg. With Thursday’s victory at Wrigley, Ross now owns a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings in his last three starts away from Petco Park. He’ll try to earn his 10th victory when he faces the Cardinals at home on Tuesday. As for Padres offense which ranks last in the National League in runs scored, batting average, and on-base percentage, they erupted in the sixth inning. In that frame, they scored nine runs on eight hits, all singles, in 15 plate appearances. The Padres won 13-3 and won the three game series against the Cubs.


  • Corey Kluber had a perfect game going into the seventh inning and he pitched nine innings of one-run (unearned) ball, but the Indians lost in 14 innings to the Royals on Thursday. Kluber's bid for a perfect game ended with one out in the seventh inning when Omar Infante singled on a line drive to center field. Kluber lost his shutout in the eighth when a poor defensive play by Ryan Raburn allowed Mike Moustakas to round the bases on a double and a two-base error.  Kluber went nine innings but the Indians needed 14 before they were dispatched. Kluber allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out 10. He now has a 2.77 ERA and will face the Mariners next week.
  • Matt Garza threw eight innings of one-run ball against the Mets and got a win on Thursday. Garza had a miserable outing last Saturday against the Nationals, but bounced back nicely against the Mets. He made only one damaging mistake, serving up a solo home run to Lucas Duda in the seventh. Overall, he allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four. He now owns a 3.87 ERA. He'll face the Rays on the road in his next start.
  • Brandon McCarthy pitched six innings and allowed just one run Thursday in a win over the Rangers. Combining his last two starts with the Diamondbacks and his first three with the Yankees, McCarthy is 4-0 with a 1.72 ERA since June 27. He has benefited from an easy schedule and that will continue Monday when he faces the Rangers again.
  • Brandon Moss hit a grand slam, drew a walk and scored two runs Thursday against Houston. That's his third grand slam this season, which is the most in the majors. Moss has an eight-game hitting streak going and he's had exactly one hit in each of those eight games. Half of those hits have been homers.
  • Phil Hughes (contusion) left Thursday's game due to a right shin contusion. He limped off the field after being struck with a comebacker in the fourth inning, and the ailment is now officially being called a shin contusion. He may end up questionable for his next start, but it will likely depend on the severity of the bruise and how well he's able to push off that leg. Hughes had allowed two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts before exiting.
  • David Ortiz (back) will be re-evaluated on Friday before it's determined how much time he might miss. Ortiz left Wednesday's game after feeling "like a little pop or something" in his upper back during his final at-bat. Fantasy owners should expect the worst, but hope for the best.
  • Cooperstown will host the annual Hall of Fame inductions this weekend and they are expected massive crowds. Brad Horn, the Hall's vice president of communications and education, said the best guess is that some 40,000 fans will find their way to the museum and various festivities. Cooperstown, N.Y., has a little more than 1,800 full-time residents. A typical induction weekend crowd runs between 15,000 and 20,000. The population will change dramatically this weekend when six honorees that includes Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre.