Prof: It’s a good thing the Braves had yesterday off, because Baby Free has arrived! Yes, a healthy little baby boy Brave entered the world today, the first for Freddie Freeman and his wife Chelsea. As you might remember from yesterday’s recap, Freddie left the game early because Chelsea went into labor. Apparently, Mrs. Freeman was in labor for over 24 hours even with an epidural, and ended up having to have an emergency C-section. But mom and baby are super healthy, and by all accounts, Freddie is a very proud daddy. I’m very happy for them. I’ve interacted with Chelsea on Twitter a couple of times and she’s always been super sweet to me. Some people don’t like children, aren’t able to have kids, or have chosen not to have them for one reason or another. I know where I am in that equation. All I can say is that I hope that Freddie and Chelsea appreciate the blessing that a wanted, loved child can be. Congrats again, FF5.
In other news from yesterday, Jeff Passan is reporting that the Twins are talking to Cleveland assistant general manager Derek Falvey for the open president job, and that he’s a very strong candidate. I guess we’ll see.
Pirates 15, Phillies 2 – Prof: The Bucs’ bats were wild last night, including Andrew McCutchen who went 3-5 and hit two home runs in this butt kicking of Philadelphia. Eight runs in the ninth inning was just the sprinkles on top of the already frosted cake.
Brewers 5, Cubs 4 – Prof: I watched most of this game. Alas, Chicago. One is the loneliest number. Yes, one is the magic number, and they were well on their way to achieving NL Central domination on their own without having to rely on someone else losing when suddenly they allowed Milwaukee to come back strong. The Cubs tied it up in the fourth, when starting pitcher Mike Montgomery got his first MLB hit, a single which brought home Jason Heyward. It all came down to Scooter Gennett, who pinch hit for Jimmy Nelson and promptly hit a double, bringing in 2 runs. Unfortunately the Cubs just weren’t able to capitalize with RISP last night. Oh well, it doesn’t matter because thanks to the Cardinals losing to the Giants, the Cubs are YOUR 2016 NL CENTRAL CHAMPS!
Rays 7, Orioles 6 – Yovani Gallardo continues his terrible season. The O’s had multiple chances to win the game but fell short each time. Evan Longoria went 2-5 with a 3 run home run and 5 total RBI’s.
Twins 5, Tigers 1 – Brian Dozier didn’t manage another home run, but he did get a 2 out, 2 run single as part of a 4 run fourth that chased Detroit starter Mike Pelfrey out of the game.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 7 – Prof: Lousy hipster pitcher Joe Kelly gets the win. The normally epic Dellin Betances gets the loss. This world is a screwy place. The Yankees were ahead, handily, until Betances somehow forgot that he’s the closer and not a t-ball stand. Boston bombed him in the ninth (five runs scored in all) and the Yankees’ lead – and the game – went down the drain. For New York, Starlin Castro had a heck of a night, going 4-5 with 2 RBI.
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 7 – Rich Hill gave up 4 runs in just 5.1 innings and got a little upset on a bunt attempt.
Blue Jays 7, Angels 2 – The win brings Toronto back into a tie with the Orioles for the top wild card spot. It looks like the two teams will be going back and forth down to the wire.
Cardinals 2, Giants 6 – Johnny Cueto went the distance giving up 2 runs and 5 hits over 9 innings.
A’s 14, Royals 5 – Prof: Bless their hearts, the Royals sure did try to come back. And they did, in a way; going into the ninth inning they were scoreless. However, Oakland completely beat up Kansas City at the K, and barring a tremendous collapse there wasn’t a way that the Athletics would lose this game.
Indians 1, White Sox 2 – Prof: Cleveland can’t seem to get out of their own way, unable to win over their division rivals in order to lock up the AL Central pennant. Last night’s game was another failure in that regard. They started off right, getting a run in the third to take the lead, then Chicago tied it up in the fourth, where it stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth. Carlos Sanchez hit a walk off home run to squeak by Cleveland.