Prof: I mentioned a few days ago that I broke down and finally got Netflix. Mostly for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000, but also to be able to watch Daredevil and ridiculous amounts of documentaries. Right now, I’m watching a show called “Chef’s Table” and it’s fascinating. It’s the classiest culinary program I’ve ever seen. The first episode was this amazing postmodern Italian chef who made some beautiful looking food, including a deconstructed lemon tart that I would have been all over because there was way more filling than crust. This episode is about a New York farm-to-table chef. Really interesting stuff. Anyway, this is tasty, and these highlights are tasty, so let’s get started.
Scouts: Matt Barnes received a paltry and pathetic 4 game suspension for attempting to put another player in the hospital. This is another weak-ass suspension which sends the message that this behavior is totally and completely acceptable. Barnes has of course already appealed his suspension and will likely received a game or two knocked off his sentence. This is simply the cost of doing business. We’ve seen over and over and over again the damage that can be done when a player gets drilled in the head. Just ask Giancarlo Stanton. That anyone would attempt to do so intentionally is downright criminal. It’s really sad that what it’s going to take to get this horribly tradition stopped is likely ending some star’s career. Then the lawsuits will arrive and the potential criminal investigation. Then you’ll see change real quick. Unfortunately this is a potential scenario that is all too easy to see coming and all to easy to stop. Yet for reasons completely unknown those in power absolutely refuse to address it.
Cubs 14, Pirates 3 – Prof: The Cubs made like their old catcher David Ross and tango stomped all over the competition. Pretty much the entire Chicago roster got a hit. Addison Russell got four himself. Jason Heyward had an impressive four RBI plus a home run and Ben Zobrist brought home three.
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 7 – Scouts: San Diego made a valiant effort at a comeback, picking up 4 in the 7th and 1 in the 8th, but it was too much to overcome. Chris Owings hit a grand slam for the snakes.
Blue Jays 1, Angels 2 – Scouts: LA won this one with their feet and a little ingenuity. Cameron don’t call me Maybin shows off a pretty nifty slide that ended up being the winning run.
Reds 7, Brewers 11 – Prof: Eric Thames hit two more home runs, bringing his season count to ten (which leads the majors). Fun stat – seven of Thames’ homers have come against Cincinnati. I bet Milwaukee would be happy to play the Reds all day every day if that’s the case. In Reds’ news, the exquisitely named Rookie Davis is about to come off the 10-day DL and start on Wednesday.
Twins 3, Rangers 2 – Prof: WHAT UP BRIAN DOZIER??? A two out double lifted Minnesota over Texas. For the Rangers, the legend of Joey Gallo continues. Gallo hit a single to bring Mike Napoli home. So far for the season the young replacement player has 15 RBI.
Nationals 4, Rockies 8 – Scouts: Not many would have guessed at the start of the season that these two would be the top two teams in the NL at this point. And if they had, they likely would not have picked Colorado to come out on top, but here we are. Charlie Blackmon hit the go-ahead two-run tater-tot in the 7th which snapped the Nat’s win streak at 7.
Dodgers 1, Giants 2 – Scouts: Matt Cain left with a tight hamstring after the 6th. Considering that the Giants have already lost one starting pitcher due to injury, this turned out to be a bit of a hallow victory.
Rays 3, Orioles 6 – Prof: Chris Archer coughed up six hits, five runs and five walks, and hit a batter. Three of those hits were home runs, smacked off the bats of Jonathan Schoop, Hyun Soo Kim, and Adam Jones. It was a rainy evening in the Baltimore area, so I wonder if that didn’t have something to do with the Rays’ lackluster performance.
Royals 1, White Sox 12 – Prof: Oh goodness, those BBQ Boys are strug-gle-ing. The White Sox, on the other hand, are getting all of their runs in against Kansas City. Save some for other teams, you guys. Melky Cabrera, Tyler Saladino, and Todd Frazier (man, I love me some Todd Frazier) all drove in two runs a piece.