The consistency that had marked the career of
He was simply awful Saturday, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings in a lucky no-decision against Cincinnati. He walked one and struck out two.
Garza managed one shutout inning in the pounding. The big blow was a three-run homer by Jay Bruce in a four-run second.
His 5.56 ERA is the second-worst among qualifying National League starters this year. He has yielded a ridiculous 19 runs and 27 hits over his last 13 innings.
Koch is 4-8 with a 3.46 ERA this season. Diaz is 5-12 with a 4.71 ERA.
Joe Maddon has declared that
"I would say he would be (here) sooner rather than later," Maddon told ESPN. "There's a lot of things he can do to help you win now."
Like, for instance, hit like he has at Triple-A Iowa. Baez is hitting .316 with 13 home runs and .380 on-base percentage at that level.
Richards allowed just three runs on seven hits in seven innings. He showed crisp command as he struck out nine batters without allowing a walk in the no-decision.
Richards (12-10) now has a 3.80 ERA in 161 innings this season.
Pomeranz struck out the side in Arizona for his third save. He finished with a flourish, fanning Jarrod Saltalamacchia on three pitches.
He has thrown 4 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and whiffed seven in that stretch.
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