I hope everyone had a great labor day weekend. I hope there was plenty of good beer, good barbecue, and of course good baseball. One person who did not have a great weekend was Matt Shoemaker who took a 105 mph line drive off his head. Shoemaker was diagnosed with a skull fracture and a hematoma on Sunday and required surgery to stop additional bleeding in his skull. It’s still too early to see what the long term effects will be but for now Shoemaker has been released from the hospital and with any luck he will make a full recovery. It’s been a while since we discussed the pitcher helmets, and while they are still in development, it may be time for MLB to step up and start heavily encouraging players to begin using the devices.
“I didn’t feel it on my head. It felt like a normal hat,” Hughes said. “When I weigh the pros and cons, the only thing that’s bad is that it might not look normal and I’ll get teased, which I couldn’t care less about. It’s going to keep me safer, and it feels comfortable.”
Braves 7, Nationals 9 – Prof: Dansby Swanson is really good, you guys. 2-4, and one of those two was an inside the park homer, plus his hair stayed perfect. Thanks, Dave Stewart! For the Curly W’s, Anthony Rendon hit a grand slam.
Giants 3, Rockies 2 – The Giants came from behind with runs in both the 8th and 9th innings. Colorado managed just 4 hits in the game and still nearly won.
Angels 2, A’s 3 – Oakland had a big 8th inning to set back the surging Angels. Angels pitcher Ricky Nolasco had a perfect game in the 6th before exiting with the bases loaded in the 8th.
Phillies 4, Marlins 3 – Prof: Guess who’s back, back again? Stanton’s back, tell a friend. Surprise! Yes, Giancarlo laced up the cleats again. Hit a single, too. And Ichiro hit a pinch hit homer! But alas, Feesh fall to Philadelphia despite both of these things.
Cubs 5, Brewers 12 – Prof: I watched this game. Jason Hammel gave up five in the first inning and never looked back. Chicago tried their best, bless their hearts. Anthony Rizzo had two home runs. However, Milwaukee was just better. Wily Peralta, who got the well deserved win, also hit a very solid double off Hammel and eventually scored on a super sloppy Baez error.
Royals 10, Twins 3 – This game wasn’t as much of a blow out as you might initially think. In fact it was tied entering the ninth before the Royals put up 7 fucking runs against a Twins bullpen that just completely imploded.
Rangers 10, Mariners 7 – Seattle kept attempting to mount comebacks all game long, but Texas just would not be held back in a game that featured 10 doubles and 4 home-runs.
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 7 – Prof: A wild one between AL East rivals last night. Brett Gardner saved the day with his best Superman impression. Betances tried, bless him, but he had been put out there on his third day in a row, and something’s gotta give at that point.
Cardinals 9, Pirates 7 – Prof: The Cardinals came back in the ninth inning with three homers to put the Bucs down. Yadi Molina went 4-5 with a homer of his own. Scouts: The Pirates were just 1 strike away from victory after mounting a comeback from a 1st inning Grand Slam. The Pirates have now lost 8 in a row and fans are wondering when Hockey season starts.
Astros 4, Indians 3 – Dallas Keuchel was a late scratch but Brad Peacock and the bullpen banded together and put together a solid performance. What was once Cleveland’s greatest strength, their starting pitching let them down once again.
Mets 5, Reds 3 – If everyone starts talking about how good the Mets are, they’ll start losing again for sure. New York got home-runs out of Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes and Page Not Found (Alejandro De Aza).
Orioles 11, Rays 2 – The streaky Oriole’s pitching seems to be on a roll at the moment and the offense decided to catch up some. Manny Machado battled back down 0-2 to work a full count and a flat fastball over the middle of the plate which he deposited into the seats for his third grand slam of the season.
Tigers 0, White Sox 2 – Prof: Jose Abreu has been a different man since he’s been reunited with his young son and wife, who were in Cuba. It’s almost as if being happy makes you play better. Wow, what a concept. Abreu went 2-4 with a blast of a home run.
Red Sox 5, Padres 1 – San Diego managed just 1 run over 9 hits and made Clay Buchholz look good again.
Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 5 – Prof: Hey, remember when I said that Dansby Swanson is good at ball and said thanks Dave? It’s especially sweet when you realize that the Braves got him for Shelby Miller, who got the L in last night’s outing. And boy, did he ever get the L. He even allowed the Dodgers’ pitcher, Ross Stripling, to hit a single off of him in the second inning, which drove in a run.