Prof: Let’s play a game. We have both chosen some songs for today’s musical theme. Who picked what?
I talked a little about the Cubs game below, but we also had us an Ump Show(tm) last night. Joe West, an all time Hall of Fame Ump Show honoree and country music butcherer, decided to heft his big… ego around.
From what I can tell, Joe Maddon went out to the mound in the ninth to talk to Kyle Hendricks and wanted to also talk to the infielders, but apparently Joe West was having none of it and griped about pace of play. As of when I wrote this paragraph, it’s still a bit nebulous. It seems like Maddon wasn’t particularly egregious in stalling, but West decided he had enough. As usual, Twitter was abuzz with anti-Joe West tweets, including ones from former MLB players who, like most of us, hate Joe West. My favorite was this simple thought from one half of the Cajun Connection, former Cub Ryan Theriot.
Yes he is, Riot. Yes he is.
Pirates 2, Phillies 6 – Prof: Jeremy Hellickson is out here improving his contract future for next year, while Gerrit Cole? Isn’t so much. Cole has been struggling most of the year due to elbow issues, and he still doesn’t look quite right. Philadelphia scoring five runs in the second inning didn’t help matters, either.
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 12 – Yasmany Tomas hit a grand slam as Arizona rocked Colorado
Marlins 7, Braves 12 – Prof: Gator will give us the Feesh view of this game, but I’m here to give you the Braves view. Interesting fact – both teams had 17 hits in this game. My boy Freddie Freeman went 3-4, and Nick Markakis decided to put some oomph into his at-bat and produced a double and a home run.
Twins 2, Tigers 4 – Prof: Miggy and Ian Kinsler had almost identical stats for the night. Both were 1-3, and both hit a home run. Both had an RBI as well, but Kinsler had two to Cabrera’s one. On the Twins’ side, the unstoppable Brian Dozier hit yet another home run.
Rangers 4, Astros 3 F/12 – Rougned Odor hit the go-ahead homer in the top of the 12th.
Cubs 4, Cardinals 1 – Prof: (puts on Cubs fan hat) Jeremy Hazelbaker is the devil! He broke up Kyle Hendricks’ no hit bid in the ninth inning with a home run! Noooooooo! (takes off Cubs hat) Hendricks’ excellent outing puts him head and shoulders above the NL leaders for Cy Young in my (probably biased?) opinion.
Brewers 0, Reds 3 – Prof: Wily Peralta had a rough, rough first inning. He improved, but sadly the damage was done. Brandon Phillips and Scott Schebler both went 2-3, with Schebler also knocking in two runs.
Rays 2, Blue Jays 3 – Benches cleared after Russell Martin and Steven Souza got into a little verbal bantering. Nothing came of it however.
Dodgers 8, Yankees 2 – Prof: The Dodgers might have won the game, but a huge highlight of the game was a bomb hit by Aaron Judge of the Yankees. Yasiel Puig pinch hit in the eighth inning and promptly hit a home run of his own. #PuigYourFriend, indeed!
Mets 1, Nationals 8 – Matt Latos hit a home run and the Mets are counting down the days until Tebow time.
Athletics 16, Royals 3 – Prof: Holy cats. This was brutal. It appears that Oakland isn’t missing Billy Butler at all. (insert winky emoji here lol) The A’s were already leading the game by a wide margin by the time the bats went wild in the sixth inning, where five runs were scored. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis both hit 3 run homers in the game.
Indians 4, White Sox 11 – Cleveland’s pitching did nothing to stop Chicago from scoring in every inning available.
Orioles 2, Red Sox 12 – Prof: Yikes! Wade Miley happened. It’s hard to dig out of a five run grave straight from the jump. David Ortiz hit his 536th home run of his career, tying him with the great Mickey Mantle. Chris Young went 4-4, with a homer, a single, and two doubles.
Mariners 8, Angels 1 – Not a good day for Angel pitching as Nolasco gave up 4 in 6, Guerra gave up 2 in 1, and Oberholtzer gave up 2 in 2 innings.
Padres 4, Giants 0 – The Giants continue to not help their own cause getting shut out by Paul Clemens and the Padres.