Jean Segura 2B/SS ARI 4 hours ago
Segura went 1-for-4 with a leadoff homer Tuesday against the Nationals.
Segura hit Max Scherzer's first pitch out of the park to reach 20 homers for the first time in his career. The middle infielder has proven himself to be much more than a light-hitting speedster, reaching half of last season's home run total with three in just the past two games. He's currently the only hitter in baseball with at least 20 homers and 30 steals.
Mark Melancon RP WSH 4 hours ago
Melancon nailed his 44th save by pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout Tuesday against Arizona.
Melancon has been one of the league's most effective closers with 95 saves since the start of the 2015 season. His 8.30 K/9 has risen more than a full strikeout per nine innings compared to last season.
Anthony Rendon 2B/3B WSH 4 hours ago
Rendon went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Rendon's three-run shot followed Stephen Drew's sac fly in a four-run sixth inning that accounted for all of Washington's offense. The 26-year-old infielder established a new career high of 84 RBI in this performance, surpassing the 83 he had in a breakout 2014 campaign.
Matt Koch RP ARI 4 hours ago
Koch didn't factor into the decision in his major-league debut Tuesday against the Nationals, allowing two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out three in five innings.
Koch had a no-hitter going through five innings, but allowed two Nationals baserunners without getting an out in the top of the sixth. Both came around to score in what ended up being a four-run frame, denying the 25-year-old right-hander what would have been a memorable win over Washington ace Max Scherzer in his first career start. He'll get a chance to follow up this impressive debut at home against the Padres in the season finale Sunday.
Jhonny Peralta SS/3B STL 4 hours ago
Peralta went 3-for-4 with his eighth home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.
Peralta has a five-game hitting streak and has three hits in two of those five games. After a slow start to his injury shortened season, Peralta's line is up to .259/.307/.415. The veteran shortstop is on pace for his fourth consecutive slugging percentage over .400.
Adam Wainwright SP STL 4 hours ago
Wainwright (13-9) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings Tuesday against the Reds.
Wainwright has given up fewer than four runs just once in his last five starts. His struggles continued Tuesday, as he was touched up for two home runs, but luckily his offense provided him eight runs of support before he was chased. Wainwright's 4.67 ERA marks the first time he has gone over the 4.00 mark as a starting pitcher.
Robert Stephenson P CIN 5 hours ago
Stephenson (2-3) allowed five runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts over four innings Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Stephenson has given up four runs or more in all of his last five starts. He has surrendered at least one home run -- two Tuesday night -- in each of those starts as well. Stephenson's struggles in the minor leagues (4.41 ERA in 136.2 innings) have followed him to the next level. His ERA is up to 6.27 after Tuesday's stinker, and he has allowed nine homers in just seven outings.
Joey Votto 1B CIN 5 hours ago
Votto hit a two-run homer in a 3-for-5 game Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Votto has homered in consecutive games and is on fire in September. He now has six blasts this month to go with six doubles and 14 RBI. He's hitting a brilliant .385/.472/.659 in 24 September games and is once again looking like one of the best all-around hitters in baseball.
Max Scherzer SP WSH 5 hours ago
Scherzer (19-7) allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts over six innings to beat the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Scherzer saw his very first pitch of the night get lofted into the seats by Jean Segura, but recovered well for his seventh consecutive quality start. His nationals trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but scored four runs in that frame to help their ace turn his 13th double-digit strikeout performance into his 19th win. Scherzer will be going for his second 20-win season if the Nationals opt to let him pitch in the season finale Sunday against Miami.
George Springer RF/DH HOU 5 hours ago
Springer went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.
Springer now has multiple hits in four games in a row as he is getting hot at the right time for the Astros as they continue to push for the playoffs. He is now up to 115 runs scored this season, good for fourth in the major leagues. Extra-base hits have been a big reason why -- Tuesday's double was his 29th, and he's now up to 62 extra-base hits in 158 games.