Howdy! Prof again, going solo one more time. Tomorrow you’ll have Scout back, but I’ll be M.I.A. for a day. Darn responsibilities!
Today’s musical choices are my favorite happy Britpop type songs. I’m a HUGE fan of Olly Murs and have been since before he broke into the US market, so there’s a couple of his tunes here. There’s also the best boy band in the history of the world, Take That, and its former member Robbie Williams, perfect to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
Cubs 6, Pirates 4 – Last night, the Cubs brought out the small caliber weapons and that’s really all they needed. Chris Coghlan went 2-4 and hit a base clearing triple. Albert Almora Jr. went 2-2 as well. John Lackey wins his last regular season start.
Twins 3, Royals 4 F/11 – I feel so bad for Minnesota. They tried so hard. Billy Burns smacks a sac fly that wins the game.
Rockies 3, Giants 12 – This was a game that was played. Oh, the Giants got 19 hits. Five runs in the eighth inning. (Sorry, guys, I am just… not excited about this game?)
These last two recaps were terrible. Let me make it up to you with one of MY FAVORITE SONGS OF ALL TIME (Gary Barlow forever):
Phillies 6, Braves 7 – Hey hey! The Braves came back to gain victory over Philadelphia! It started out bad for Atlanta, down six by the third inning, but they came back strong. Braves catcher Tyler Flowers went 2-4 and hit a home run. Oh, and Atlanta traded Gordon Beckham to the Giants. Coppy can’t stop making deals!
Brewers 4, Rangers 6 – It’s surreal to see Jon Lucroy and Carlos Gomez playing against Milwaukee. It’s just…weird. CarGo tied the game with a three run homer. Not that Milwaukee played badly; not in the least. Jonathan Villar (remember this name, you guys) had been going gangbusters.
A’s 1, Angels 8 – What got into Ricky Nolasco? As soon as he left Minnesota he started pitching way better. Huh. Anyway, on the offensive side, Los Angeles of Anaheim of California of America of The Milky Way hit SEVEN in the fourth, including a huge grand slam by Jefry Marte.
Dodgers 1, Padres 7 – Chase Utley (2-3, HR) tried his best but to no avail. San Diego outmatched Los Angeles from the jump, scoring three in the first and never looking back.
Indians 0, Tigers 12 – Holy cats! And by cats, I mean Tigers! A day after Cleveland clinched the AL Central title, Detroit came roaring back with an ass whoopin’ of monumental proportions. Justin Verlander was sharp, and Miggy mashes another home run. For the Land of Cleve, some bad news – Corey Kluber, who left the game yesterday with an injury, will be out around 7-10 days because of a quad strain.
Mets 12, Marlins 1 – Thor wielded his mighty hammer and the Feesh come back down to earth.
Mariners 4, Astros 8 – King Felix gets roughed up a bit. George Springer came back to life for a hot minute, going 3-5. My little precious, Jose Altuve, had his usual fine evening. I still believe that The Little Second Baseman That Could is a great choice for AL MVP, but because his team hasn’t been playing up to his level, he might not get the sort of love from voters that he deserves.
Rays 6, White Sox 13 – Chris Sale gets another win. Chicago hit 3 in the first, the third, and the eighth innings.
D’backs 2, Nationals 4 – What a difference a day makes. Max Scherzer, who will get lots of well deserved Cy Young votes, struck out 10 Snakes to gain the win.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 6 – Lots of hits, a couple of errors, and the Yankees’ youngsters continue to impress. First baseman Tyler Austin went 3-3 with a homer, Didi Gregorius went 3-4 with a homer, and guess who else got a home run? That’s right. Gary Freaking Sanchez. And this this also happened, not directly related to the game, but I feel bad for the guy. I can see this happening to me. Obviously, not at a Sox/Yanks game. 😛
Orioles 1, Blue Jays 5 – The AL East is interesting. They keep it tight around there. The Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Orioles are all legitimately in the hunt for the postseason, so more than almost any other series, these last few seriously matter. Toronto’s Troy Tulowitzki hit his 37th homer of the season. Baltimore’s Chris Davis was ejected in the seventh inning after arguing strikes, and when Buck Showalter came out to defend his guy, he got run, too.
Reds 5, Cardinals 12 – One of Jose Fernandez’s childhood buddies was Aledmys Diaz. They grew up three houses away from each other in Cuba. St. Louis allowed him bereavement time to honor and remember his friend, which he did. Diaz went to a ceremony on Monday, and returned to the lineup last night. Diaz said before the game:
the best way to honor Fernandez was to “play hard and give 100 percent every time out there. That’s the way he wanted it.”
And then he proceeded to hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, the first ever grand slam of his career. Looks like the magic of El Keed is still happening all around us.