Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 with three doubles, a run and two RBI against the Giants on Wednesday. Goldschmidt, who delivered his first four-hit performance of the season, has caught fire since his average dipped below the Mendoza Line on May 22, going 17-for-47 (.362) with nine extra-base hits and nine RBI over his last 12 games. He's still hitting a disappointing .233/.344/.429 on the year with 75 strikeouts (most in the National League), but he seems to be turning his season around at the plate and could be headed for a big second half.
Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward went 1-for-5 with a walk-off grand slam Wednesday vs. the Phillies. Heyward's blast capped a wild game in which Chicago took a 3-0 lead, only to let Philadelphia score five unanswered runs prior to the bottom of the ninth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Heyward connected on a 2-2 fastball from Adam Morgan and drove it into the right field seats to end the game, giving the Cubs a thrilling 7-5 victory. The long ball was Heyward's third of the season, giving him 25 RBIs on the year to go along with his .261 average. While not the hitter he was prior to joining Chicago, he hasn't been the offensive liability that he was the last two seasons.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three runs, five RBI and a walk Wednesday against the Pirates. Kemp provided much of the thump for Los Angeles in an 11-9 loss to Pittsburgh, clubbing a pair of doubles and a three-run homer. He's been one of the best hitters in baseball this year, leading the National League with a .353 average while notching 10 homers and 39 RBI. The 33-year-old hasn't been this dominant since 2011, when he finished second in the NL MVP race to Ryan Braun, but the Dodgers will need him to keep picking up the slack with Corey Seager out for the season.
Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to reattach a tendon in his right lat on Wednesday. The team's top prospect according to MLB Pipeline made only one start in his return from Tommy John surgery, lasting just four innings during his season debut on May 30. Reyes underwent an MRI exam after the start and was placed on the 10-day disabled list with what the club called a significant lat strain at the time. The 23-year-old, who missed all of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery, will try to get his promising career back on track in 2019.
Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler received a no-decision after allowing three hits and one walk with five strikeouts over seven shutout innings vs. the Orioles on Wednesday. Wheeler turned in his best start of the year, matching his season high in innings and not allowing an earned run for the first time in 11 outings this year. He didn't allow an extra-base hit, either, and threw 60 of his 93 pitches for strikes. New York's offense let him down, however, as the Mets managed just five hits and were shut out. Wheeler has not won since April 29 despite posting four quality starts in six outings since then. Wednesday's performance lowered his ERA from 5.14 to 4.57, which he'll look to keep improving in his next start at the Braves on June 12.
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