Cubs 7, Brewers 2 – Prof: Oh, this game. This game was something else. I had high hopes for the pitching because Kyle Hendricks is particularly Maddux-like these days, and Zach Davies (the opposing pitcher from the Brewers) reminds me of Greg’s son Chase. No, for real, he does. Anyway, I was hoping I would see quality pitching, and for a few innings it was pretty good. Then suddenly, Davies’ arm became a piece of linguine. He left in the seventh, perpetually stuck on two outs. However, the eighth inning was the implosion of the Brewers’ bullpen, which allowed four runs! Chicago got their most production from their non-stars, guys like Chris Coghlan, Tommy La Stella, and Miguel Montero.
Phillies 6, Marlins 2 – Things are not looking so good in Miami these days. After taking a 2-0 first inning lead the Marlins gave up a pair of 3 run innings. Miami is going to have to get really hot really fast if they hope to make the playoffs this year.
Royals 11, Twins 5 – Brian Dozier had a 3 home run performance. Usually when you have a player with 3 home runs you expect to blow out your opponent, not get blown out yourself.
Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 10 – Prof: The Gritty Snakes are an easy target to pick on, I know, and it’s difficult for me to say bad things about my boy Zack Greinke. But I gotta. It pains me to say it, but whew. ZG stinks. Four home runs in one inning – the fifth inning, to be exact. He allowed two more runs in that inning as well. Talk about getting snake bit. When ZG left the game an inning later, his ERA had ballooned to 15.43. Yikes. His ERA for the season is a horrible 4.54. Ugh. I want to blame his bad outings on Valley Fever.
Braves 4, Nationals 6 – The Nats made a 5 run 3rd hold up as Max Scherzer picked up his 16th win.
Rangers 6, Mariners 14 – Prof: Seattle converted every single hit they had into a run. Now, that’s impressive. What’s even more impressive is that they did it against the hottest team in the AL, the Texas Rangers. And the most impressive? They did it against Cole Hamels, who has been fairly lights out this season. What got into Seattle?
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 5 – I know the win stat is pretty stupid, but did anyone else think that Masahiro Tanaka would be 12-4 while R.A. Dickey would be 9-14 at this point in the season?
Mets 5, Reds 0 – Prof: Bartolo Colon can’t stop, won’t stop. Wilmer Flores had a fine day as well, going 3-4. Matt Reynolds (WOO PIG SOOIE) went 2-4 with a home run and 2 RBI.
Orioles 7, Rays 3 – After giving up a 3 run home run in the first inning, Ubaldo Jiminez of all people pitched a complete game giving up just two total hits. Logan Morrison was a bit of a poor loser after the game. “I feel like he was effectively wild. … I think overall we have to do a better job of getting the ball in the zone and barreling him up. There’s no reason that he should have thrown a complete game against us today. I didn’t think he was that good. He was good, but he wasn’t that good. We got ourselves out a lot.”
Cardinals 12, Pirates 6 – Prof: I started watching this game and gave up after finding myself falling asleep due to boredom. Chad Kuhl, the ridiculously young starter, had a bit of a meltdown and allowed the Cardinals to take hold. Adam Wainwright comes back from a few bad starts to get the win, plus he had a successful day at the plate, too. Waino went 2-3 and banged in 3 RBI.
Angels 10, Athletics 7 – Neither starting pitcher fared very well today both giving up 5 runs in 4 and 3 innings respectively.
Tigers 5, White Sox 3 F/11 – Prof: Historio must have enjoyed her Labor Day, because not only did she have what appears to be delicious beans for a holiday get-together, and a link to one of her very awesome history of baseball pieces was retweeted by our old friend CC, but her Tigers won as well. Justin Upton hit a three run homer to break the tie and seal the deal for Detroit. Miguel Cabrera also went 4-5 with two home runs of his own.
Scouts: Upton got buzzed and Upton got revenge.
Giants 0, Rockies 6 – Prof: The Giants are in a state of free fall and it’s perplexing, because the team hasn’t really changed that much from earlier in the season. Since the All Star Break, they have looked like a completely different team. Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis went the distance, pitching a complete game and allowing only two hits.
Red Sox 1, Padres 2 – Edwin Jackson struck out 11 over 7 innings as Boston got shut down by the Padres.
Astros 6, Indians 2 – Houston’s schedule is pretty rough at the moment. After facing Texas, the Astros face Cleveland, Chicago Cubs, Texas, Seattle. Woof.