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Frogs in the Pros: May 6-14, 2017

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Cashner shines; Arrieta and Carpenter meet for the 29th time.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) – Arrieta faced the Rockies on May 9 in Denver. The first two innings were great, but that’s pretty much it. In the bottom of the 3rd, Arrieta gave up 6 runs on 6 hits. Then in the bottom of the 4th, he gave up another 2 runs on 3 hits. Overall, Arrieta allowed 9 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits in 3 23 innings pitched. He struck out 3 and walked 3. In the top of the 4th, Arrieta actually hit a single to deep right field. He was out at second on a fielder’s choice hit by Kyle Schwarber. The Cubs lost 10-4.

On May 14, Arrieta faced Matt Carpenter and Friends in St. Louis. Arrieta pitched through 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. All 4 runs came with home runs attached to them, including a 2-run homer by Carpenter in the bottom of the 3rd. The Cubs lost 5-0.

Arrieta currently has a 5.44 ERA, with a 1.46 WHIP. He’s scheduled to pitch at home Saturday against Milwaukee. To follow Jake Arrieta this season, click here.

Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) – Carpenter continued a series against the Braves in Atlanta on May 6. Carpenter had a home run in the top of the 3rd, which helped the Cardinals get the 5-3 win.

On May 7, the series concluded with Game 3. Carpenter homered in the first inning, giving the Cardinals an early lead. It was one of three home runs hit by the Cards that night. They left Atlanta with a 6-4 win and the series sweep.

Next, they traveled to Miami to face the Marlins on May 8. Carpenter hit a triple in the top of the 4th, bringing in Carlos Martinez and Kolten Wong. The Cardinals took the game 9-4.

Game 2 in Miami came on May 9, with Carpenter struggling a bit more than the prior day (you can’t be amazing 24/7 right?). The game was much closer, with the Cardinals holding on for the 6-5 win.

May 10 brought Game 3. Carpenter walked in the top of the 3rd and was brought in by Yadier Molina. The Cardinals went on to win the game 7-5. The ended the series against the Marlins and sent the Cardinals home with another sweep.

On May 12, the Cardinals started a series against the Cubs back home in St. Louis. In Game 1, the Cubs got out to a 3-0 lead by the 7th before the Cardinals were able to score a couple runs. But they ran out of time and couldn’t catch Chicago. The Cardinals lost 3-2. Carpenter shined on the field but struggled at the plate that night.

On May 13, Game 2 took place. Carpenter continued to struggle against the Cubs, with 3 strikeouts and a ground out in 4 at bats. The Cardinals still managed to win 5-3.

Then on May 14, Carp and Arrieta faced each other for the first time this season. Previously, Matt had a 0-for-28 record against Jake. Matt took advantage of Jake’s continuing early-game struggles and hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 3rd. The Cardinals won 5-0 and took the series.

Carpenter currently has 28 hits, 21 runs, and 24 RBIs, including 8 home runs. He has a .260 AVG. He’s scheduled to be home against the Red Sox on Tuesday. For all the stats during Carpenter's 2017 season, click here.

Andrew Cashner (P/Texas Rangers) – The Rangers were away in Seattle on May 7. While the Rangers lost 4-3, Cashner had a great outing and lasted 6 innings. He allowed just 1 run on 4 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 3.

Two in a row! On May 12, Cashner pitched at home against the A’s. He pitched 6 innings and allowed 1 run on 5 hits. He struck out 2 and walked 1 in a Rangers battle that ended in a walk-off win for the Rangers 5-2.

Cashner currently has an ERA of 2.43 and a WHIP of 1.35, which is actually lower than Jake Arrieta’s! A year ago, his ERA was 4.97, so this is a huge improvement right now. It was great seeing two strong games from Cashner this week!

For more of Cashner's stats, click here.

Stefan Crichton (P/Baltimore Orioles) — Stefan Crichton was sent back to Norfolk again to rejoin the Orioles Triple-A team. Pitcher Chris Tillman has been recovering from an injury that appeared during spring training, and has rejoined the team. The Orioles are currently in second place in the AL East.

You can follow Crichton this season here.

Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) – Finnegan started throwing again this week! And while he hasn’t pitched at full distances or to live batters yet, this is definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully he’ll be ready for some minor league games soon.

Finnegan currently has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

For more on Finnegan's 2017 season, you can go here.