The day many like to call “hump day” is here, chock full of MLB action from around the middle of the day through a West Coast night game. Let’s get to it. 

Wednesday’s scores

Brewers bomb Kennedy in debut

The Padres promoted right-handed pitching prospect Brett Kennedy in time to face the Brewers on Wednesday, and it did not go well for the 24-year-old … 

Particularly impressive was Jesus Aguilar’s opposite-field liner. That’s the first time the Brewers have gone back-to-back-to-back since Ryan Braun, Adam Lind, and Aramis Ramirez pulled off the feat in May of 2015. It’s also the first time the Brewers have done this at home.

As for Kennedy … 

Nowhere to go but up. 

Mets get deGrom a win!

Much has been made of the season Jacob deGrom is having — specifically how great he’s been and how little support he’s gotten from his teammates. He was predictably awesome again on Wednesday against the Reds. He went six scoreless innings and allowed only four hits, walked just one and struck out 10. He now sports a 1.77 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and has 183 strikeouts in 152 1/3 innings. 

Get this, though — on Wednesday, deGrom’s teammates didn’t fail him. He won! The Mets scored a whopping eight runs in support of deGrom and the bullpen didn’t allow any runs. This gave deGrom his first win since June 18. He was 0-5 with a 2.47 ERA in his seven starts between wins. 

Outfielders Brandon Nimmo (3 for 5, 3 RBI, 3 2B) and Austin Jackson (3 for 5, 3 RBI, 2 2B) did much of the heavy lifting in getting deGrom another win. 

Are the Mariners in trouble?

At the close of play on July 5, the Mariners were a season-best 24 games over .500, just off the Astros’ pace in the AL West, and solidly in wild-card position. Since then, though, they’ve gone 9-18 — a mark that reflects their second-straight loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

Once again, the Mariners had pitching problems. On Tuesday, Felix Hernandez got lit up in Arlington, and on Wednesday it was Marco Gonzales’ turn … 

Not good. Gonzales spotted 60 of his 84 pitches for strikes, but they were self-evidently hittable strikes. As a result, Gonzales’ 2018 ERA jumped from 3.46 to 3.79.

With the loss, the Mariners saw their run differential drop to minus-29. In part because of those poor underlying fundamentals, the SportsLine Projection Model gives Seattle just a 31.1 percent chance of making the postseason.

Need more bad news? After the M’s wrap up their series in Texas, they’ll play their next 16 games against the Astros, A’s, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks. That brutal stretch could effectively bury the Mariners, which means their current playoff drought, which dates back to 2001 and is the longest in MLB, will probably live for at least another year. 

Corbin dominates Phillies

The Diamondbacks won the rubber match in their home series against the Phillies in large measure because of Patrick Corbin’s gem … 

That was good for a Game Score of 85, which is Corbin’s highest such mark since April 4. It’s just the fourth time in his career that he’s registered a Game Score of 85 or higher.

On the season, Corbin’s pitched to a 3.15 ERA in 148 2/3 innings this season with 183 strikeouts against 37 walks. Those are ace-like results for the 29-year-old. 

On the offensive side of things for ‘Zona, David Peralta went 4 for 5 with a triple.

Archer earns first win as Pirate

In his second start since being traded from the Rays to the Pirates, Archer picked up his first win as a member of the Buccos. In five innings of work, Archer allowed two runs while striking out three and walking two. While that’s hardly dominance, it’s not bad considering the venue was Coors Field. Adam Frazier collected three hits for Pittsburgh. 

On the losing side, German Marquez notched a quality start and also made a little Coors Field history … 

For the uninitiated, an immaculate inning is three strikeouts on nine pitches, and Marquez on Wednesday authored the first ever immaculate inning by a Rockie in Coors Field.

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