Prof: For those of you who love watching Olympic swimming competitions, last night was awesome. For those of you who don’t, here’s today’s recaps. 🙂
Scouts: It was quite the weekend for baseball. We had the announcement of Mark Teixera’s retirement, followed by the release and retirement of Alex Rodriguez. (Damn, the Yankees really must have wanted rid of him.) Manny Machado belted three home-runs, the Phillies actually did something impressive, but the most memorable moment was Ichiro Suzuki tripling for his 3,000 hit. Ichiro to me, is the true hit king. He was a man who defied expectations, who won everywhere he went. He changed the way thousands thought about the game, and has continued to prove his worth. We will never know how many hits Ichiro would have, had he started his career in the MLB (he was 27 when he came over), but we do know he’s one of the best pure hitters of all time.
He hit .350 that first year, winning the first of two batting titles. He hit .300 in 10 straight years (and is doing it again in his revival season this year). He made 10 straight All-Star teams and won 10 straight Gold Gloves.
Twins 6, Rays 3 – Prof: Miguel Sano hit a 442 foot monster that hit the roof of the Trop. Did you know that’s the first time in play that a home run has actually the roof of the Trop? I know, I can’t believe it myself, but it’s true.
Rangers 5, Astros 3 F/11 – Houston came back to tie it in the 9th, but was unable to take the game as the Rangers put up two in the 11th.
Braves 6, Cardinals 3 – Prof: Braves get the sweep! Against Adam Wainwright? How did this happen? Nick Markakis went 2-3 with 2 RBI, and the normally garbage Erick Aybar hit a triple that gave the Braves a cushion that lasted the rest of the game. St. Louis native Mike Foltynewicz (say that five times fast) gets the win.
Cubs 3, Athletics 1 – Prof: Kyle Hendricks, everybody. Who knew going into the year that one of the Cubs’ most dependable assets would be a guy who was considered nothing but a placeholder for the back end of the rotation?
Mets 3, Tigers 1 – Neil Walker hit a go ahead two run shot in the top of the 9th.
Giants 0, Nationals 1 – Wilson Ramos’ solo in the 7th was all the offense these two teams would see on this day.
Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 9 – Prof: Jake Lamb was productive, going 3-5 with a homer and 2 RBI. The Brewers did not win, but Jonathan Villar continues to be stellar. [Scout, if you can find the video of Villar’s great catch, that would be awesome]
Indians 2, Yankees 3 – Cleveland put up runs in both the 7th and 8th, but was unable to get past the Yankees.
Reds 7, Pirates 3 – Billy Hamilton picked up three hits, four steals, three runs, and made an amazing diving grab.
Orioles 10, White Sox 2 – Prof: I’ll let Scout fill in the deets, but HOLY CATS, MANNY MACHADO! Scouts: Manny Machado hit a home-run in the first, second, and third innings, the first player to do so in 86 years as the Orioles rout the White Sox. Manny finished with 7 RBIs and the O’s got another stellar performance from Dylan Bundy who is pitching out of his mind right now.
Blue Jays 1, Royals 7 – Kendrys Morales’ grand slam in the 7th punctuated the win for the Royals.
Angels 1, Mariners 3 – Prof: The Mariners gave Mike Trout a lousy birthday present. Seattle’s James Paxton had a dominant outing, including striking out the birthday boy four times, before being hit by an Andrelton Simmons line drive and being forced to leave the game.
Red Sox 5, Dodgers 8 – David Price picks up another loss as the Dodgers out hit the vaulted Boston offense. Rob Segedin picked up 4 RBI’s in the win.
Marlins 10, Rockies 7 – Prof: Ichiro hit a triple to secure hit #3000 in a long, outstanding career. I’m sure our friend Gator will have much more to say about the game and Ichiro’s significance. Congrats to one of the finest players who ever do it.
Phillies 6, Padres 5 – Prof: Philadelphia turn a 5-4-3 triple play in this win against San Diego. Choooooooch goes 3-4.