Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) - Arrieta and the Cubs hosted the Diamondbacks on June 5. It was a tough night and a close game. Arrieta pitched 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits. He struck out 12 and walked 1. In the bottom of the 2nd, he hit a double to deep center field that brought Miguel Montero in for the run. Unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't catch the Diamondbacks, and they lost 3-2. This is Arrieta's second loss in a row, and it ends his personal winning record this season.
Jake Arrieta loses for 1st time since July, 2015 despite 12 strikeouts in 5 innings as Cubs fall to D-backs, 3-2. pic.twitter.com/N1KozOPvgQ— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 5, 2016
His ERA is currently 1.80 with a .96 WHIP. You can see more stats from his 2016 season here.
Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) - Carpenter and the Cardinals met the Brewers in Milwaukee on June 1. The Cardinals had a tough game overall, and they lost 3-1.
Carpenter returned home for a 3-game series against the Giants beginning June 3. Carpenter got to first on a throwing error in the bottom of the 3rd. He got to second when Matt Holliday was walked, and he scored when Stephen Piscotty hit a single to right field. Unfortunately, that was the Cardinals' only run of the game, leaving them trailing 5-1 after 9 innings.
On June 4, the Giants were ahead 4-0 going into the bottom of the 5th. That's when the Cardinals' luck changed. Moss hit a homerun to start them off. Next, Carpenter hit a double to right field, which was followed by a homerun by Aledmys Diaz that brought Hazelbaker and Carpenter home. The Cardinals came from behind to win 7-4.
On June 5, Carpenter had a great night that started with a single to right in the bottom of the 3rd to bring in Randal Grichuk. Then in the bottom of the 6th, Carpenter hit a double to deep left field, which was followed by Diaz hitting a double to deep left to bring Carpenter home. In the bottom of the 7th, he hit a single to center and got to second on a wild pitch, but the inning ended shortly after. The Cardinals won the game 6-3, giving them the series.
Cardinals top Giants to win series and earn their 30th win of the season.— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) June 6, 2016
- Matt Carpenter: 3-4, 2B, RBI pic.twitter.com/IcGtdGiRcg
.@MattCarp13 gets crazy hot to win NL Player of the Week honors, @Evan3Longoria flexes his muscle to earn AL award. pic.twitter.com/zU478j6AcA— MLB (@MLB) June 6, 2016
Carpenter's AVG is .281, and he has a total of 9 homeruns and 36 RBIs. He was also awarded NL Player of the Week! For more stats from Carpenter's 2016 season, click here.
Andrew Cashner (P/San Diego Padres) - Cashner and the Padres faced the Rockies on June 4, and Cashner had a good game and got the W! Pitching just shy of 6 full innings, he allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, including 1 homerun in the 4th. He walked 3 and struck out 3. The Padres won 4-3, and Cashner's record is now 3-5 this season. It's great to see him get the win, and it's his first one since May 3.
Cashner also took time to meet with cancer survivor Kasey Harvey. He gave her tickets to the Padres game on June 5. It's always nice to see guys giving back to the community in true Frog fashion. Also, best of luck to Kasey Harveyin her continued scans for cancer!
At the #Padres game tonight talking to pitcher Andrew Cashner -thank you for the tix! @Padres #Survivor#BeatCancer pic.twitter.com/9hOGLcirE9— Kasey Harvey (@kaseyharveySD) June 6, 2016
Today is 9mth #cancer scans. Had an awesome night at the #Padres game yesterday! Thank you Andrew#Cashner @Padres pic.twitter.com/T4vzwH8b2q— Kasey Harvey (@kaseyharveySD) June 6, 2016
Cashner's ERA is 4.78 with a WHIP of 1.46. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.
Jason Coats (LF/Chicago White Sox) - Welcome to the MLB, Jason Coats! Coats made his debut on June 4 in Detroit. His first at bat ended with a walk (there's no better way to get rid of those nerves, right?). Then in the top of the 4th, he was hit by a pitch (OK, nerves are gone. Now he was pissed). He fouled out in the top of the 6th. And then in the bottom of the 7th, he and teammate J.B. Shuck went after a ball hit by Miguel Cabrera. Coats caught the ball and then collided with Shuck. Incredibly, he held onto the ball for the out, threw it in, and promptly went down to knees. After being checked out by the trainer, he left the game and got 5 stitches in his lip. What a debut, huh?!? The White Sox lost 7-4.
White Sox rookie Jason Coats leaves game after violent outfield collision https://t.co/VtxelN3yTHpic.twitter.com/CJ10j3p50j— SI MLB (@si_mlb) June 4, 2016
Coats had so much fun in his debut, he came back the next day! He struck out 3 times and flied out to center, but hey, we give him tons of credit just for showing up. The White Sox lost to the Tigers 5-2.
Coats' AVG is currently .000, but don't let that fool you. During his time in the minors this season, he had 7 homeruns and 24 RBIs, with a .335 AVG. You can see more of his MLB stats here.
Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) - The Reds were home against the Nationals on June 3. Finnegan pitched a great game, allowing just 1 run in 5 hits, which happened to be a homerun in the top of the 7th. The Reds won 7-2.
RECAP: @bfinny29 goes 6 1/3 innings to lead #Reds over Nationals in series opener. https://t.co/EVqlI2FmaE pic.twitter.com/CIrI7j26Bc— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 4, 2016
Star-Telegram: TCU ex Brandon Finnegan still learning ropes as starter for rebuilding Reds https://t.co/C2jyD2fwKC— DFW Sports Update (@DFWSportsUpdate) June 5, 2016
His ERA dropped to 3.97 with a 1.36 WHIP. For more on Finnegan's season, you can go here.
Bryan Holaday (C/Texas Rangers) - Holaday took a rest for the first two games of June, but he joined the lineup on June 4 against the Mariners. He hit a single to left center field in the bottom of the 3rd to bring in Elvis Andrus and add to his RBIs. While he ended the game 1 for 4, the Rangers had a good night overall and won 10-4.
Holaday also sent out a tweet congratulating the Horned Frogs on their Regional win:
Congrats @TCU_Baseball on the regional win! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/Fz7634ULrB— Bryan Holaday (@jbholaday) June 6, 2016
Holaday's AVG is .253. He has 2 home runs and 13 RBIs for the season. You can find his stats here.
Matt Purke (P/Chicago White Sox) - Congrats to Matt Purke on starting his MLB career with the White Sox! He actually started pitching towards the end of May as a closer. Here's a brief recap to catch you up:
Can't express what it feels like 2 have finally accomplish my dream Road wasn't short but God is Good #Play4Him pic.twitter.com/4jtC0WocCU— Matthew Purke (@mattpurke47) May 21, 2016
My whole heart in these pics. I love you more than you know 64, proud of you is an understatement. God is so good. pic.twitter.com/MTVUXsU7BR— Sophie Purke (@SophiePurke) May 21, 2016
On May 20, Chicago played host to Kansas City. Purke relieved Zachary Putnam in the middle of the 8th. In just over 1 inning, he allowed no runs on 2 hits. He struck out 1. The White Sox lost 4-1. On May 23, Purke pitched the last 2 innings against the Indians. He allowed no runs on just 1 hit. No walks or strikes that game. The White Sox lost 5-1.
On May 24, he closed the last 2 innings against the Indians again, allowing a single hit but no runs. The White Sox lost 6-2.
Finally, on June 3, he pitched the final inning against the Tigers in Detroit. He allowed 4 runs on 3 hits. He walked 3. The White Sox lost 10-3.
His ERA is currently 5.40, with a 1.50 WHIP. You can check out more of his stats here.