Prof: So many west coast games! Hard to get a jump on it when they go late into the night. I’ve traveled to a lot of places in my life, but I’ve never been to the west coast. In fact, the furthest west I’ve ever been is Alamogordo, New Mexico. I have family there. I’ve never even been on a layover on the west coast. Most people think that’s ridiculous, considering how old I am and the fact that I’ve been to England and Scotland. Maybe one day I can go to California, just to say I’ve been. It’d be nice to go with someone special, though. How about you guys? Is there a place you’ve never been that most people take for granted?
Yankees 5, Mariners 1 – This is just not fair. The Yankees are going to be really good, sooner than a lot of people realize. They completely skipped the whole sucking for 10 years while rebuilding phase.
Phillies 1, White Sox 9 – Prof: Jose Abreu and my boy Justin Morneau went back to back to power Chicago over Philadelphia. Abreu went 2-3 and batted in 3 RBI. Philly’s lone run was scored by Freddy Galvis, a stand alone homer.
Rockies 4, Brewers 8 – Better watch out for 2020 when Nolan Arenado hits free agency. Dude is gonna get PAID.
Tigers 8, Twins 3 – Prof: Or as we’d like to call it around here, the battle between Historio and Happy/MadChef. Today, Historio is the victor. V-Mart goes 3-5 for Detroit, and Brian Dozier went 2-4 for Minnesota. Both had a home run.
Mets 7, Cardinals 4 – Can the Mets climb out of that hole they’ve dug themselves? 3.5 games back and both Miami and Washington is slumping a bit.
Braves 7, Diamondbacks 4 – Some drama going on in Arizona. Rumor is ownership rejected a trade ridding the team of Shelby Miller and prevented Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa from firing manager Chip Hale.
Cubs 5, Padres 3 – The Cubs allowed the Padres to score 3 mercy runs in the 9th before Chapman came in and slammed the door. Arrieta was his usual dominant self and the Cubbies got homers off Bryant and Russell.
Nationals 1, Orioles 8 – Chris Davis hit number 30, his 6th home run in the last 7 games. It only took him until August to find his swing. The nightmare scenario is real in Baltimore however as the Orioles place their ace Chris Tillman on the 15 day DL with shoulder soreness. The club denied Tillman was injured for the past few days, but I called bull on that. He is being replaced by Ubaldo “I can’t get out of the second inning” Jimenez. May as well pack it up now, that effectively ends the O’s season.
Astros 1, Pirates 7 -. Prof: Ooof. Houston isn’t looking too sharp these days, and Pittsburgh took advantage of them by starting off with four runs in the first inning. Three more single runs in the third, fifth, and seventh inning was purely insurance. Ivan Nova, formerly of the Yankees, went the distance and allowed only one run.
Indians 1, Athletics 9 – What the hell happened to that Cleveland pitching that was supposed to be the best in the league? Salazar gave up 8 hits and 6 runs in just 4 innings.
Giants 5, Dodgers 9 – Even Bumgarner wasn’t enough to stop the Dodgers. The Giants are now 11-24 since the All-Star break.
Angels 2, Blue Jays 7 – Prof: R.A. Dickey! My nerdy brother from another mother! R.A. went six innings and only allowed two runs, which for him is a very good outing. Russell Martin went 3-3, driving in 2 RBIs.
Rangers 0, Reds 3 – Prof: Billy Hamilton isn’t fair. Top of the sixth, the Reds’ outfielder laid out on the warning track and just crushed Texas’ hopes and dreams. Joey Votto isn’t fair, either. He went 2-3 and contributed 2 RBI to the cause.
Royals 1, Marlins 0 – Prof: Remember when everyone thought the Royals were going to scuttle Yordano Ventura? He went six innings, for a hard fought win. The only run scored was by Lorenzo Cain, in the sixth inning.
As an aside – alligator lizards in the air? How high were these dudes, anyway?
Red Sox 2, Rays 1 – Prof: No matter how good a performance Chris Archer has, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. The Rays aren’t doing too great this year. Boston came back strong, and Clay Buchholz was the better man on the mound today. But at least we have this gif.