Scouts: So anyone have any special plans for the holiday weekend? There’s a few new movies out, but personally I’m holding off for the Wonder Woman movie which I hear is getting pretty decent early reviews. Is anyone traveling to anywhere far off and exciting? Personally I think I’m going to stick close to home this weekend and just try to get some stuff done around the house and relax as much as possible. Maybe try a few new lunch spots, sleep in some, and just try to enjoy myself before it’s back to the grind on Tuesday.
Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1 – Prof: Remember when I said the Cardinals pitching staff is back? Well, here’s another one who is proving my point. Mike Leake had a great game last night and currently has an ERA of 1.91. That’s pretty cool. Jedd Gyorko continues to show that the move from San Diego to St. Louis was a good one for him.
Twins 4, Orioles 3 – Scouts: Typically the Orioles fall apart sometime around the middle to end of Summer. Looks like Summer came early this year in Baltimore. Chriss Tillman gave up 4 runs in the first two innings and the Twins completed the sweep. It’s not going to get any easier for Baltimore with Houston, New York, and Boston on the docket.
Blue Jays 8, Brewers 4 – Prof: This was a two game series, and Toronto swept Milwaukee in the Brew City. They did it in grand fashion, with Ryan Goins – who might be losing his gig when Troy Tulowitzki comes back from the DL – smashing a grand slam to pad the lead. The Blue Jays hit three more homers in this game.
Rockies 7, Phillies 2 – Prof: LOL remember that Jeremy Hellickson is the current “ace” of the Philadelphia staff. My goodness, how a franchise has fallen. It wasn’t that long ago that they had probably one of the best rotations of my entire lifetime, and now they have an “ace” with an ERA of 4.28. Anyway, the Rockies’ murderers’ row of offensive talent – Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado, and Carlos Gonzalez – went nuts in the third inning. The team collectively hit for the cycle, capped off by CarGo’s home run.
Royals 0, Yankees 3 – Prof: Ooof. Jacoby Ellsbury injured himself in the first inning chasing after an Alcides Escobar hit. But he still held onto the ball for the out.
Mariners 1, Nationals 5 – Scouts: Washington continues to look like the best team in baseball at the moment. They actually sort of remind me of last years Cubs team. Big bats, A+ starting pitching, and just a key bullpen piece away from being nearly indestructible.
White Sox 6, Diamondbacks 8 – Scouts: Jake Lamb hit his 6th home run in the past 8 games, which helped fuel a 6 run 5th for the Diamondbacks. Jose Abreu came up just a triple shy of the cycle.
Reds 4, Indians 3 – Scouts: Billy Hamilton scored from first on a 2 out, two run hit off the bat of Zack Cozart and Cleveland fans everywhere let out a loud, collective curse as Cody Allen blew his first save of the season.
Giants 4, Cubs 5 – Prof: Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and Kyle Hendricks pitched a very good game. Score is only this close because there was a bullpen malfunction. Seems to be a trend.
Marlins 1, Athletics 4 – Prof: Sonny Gray, ladies and gentlemen. He’s back! I missed him. Gray struck out eleven and made the Marlins look like fools. But then again, when you’re going against 0-7 Edinson Volquez, it might be easy to do. The Feesh got fried for sure.
Padres 6, Mets 5 – Prof: Lord, Lord. The Mets make me wanna cry. I mean that sincerely. New York gets a good performance from young righty Robert Gsellman only to screw it up with a lousy bullpen. What, did the Braves decide to pull double duty and show up at Citi Field, too? But, you know, they have Michael Conforto (RBI single, and a current obsession), so there’s that.
Tigers 6, Astros 3 – Scouts: Down 2-1 in the 8th, the Tigers put up two in the 8th, and two more in the 9th including a 2-run dong by Jose Iglesias.
Rangers 4, Red Sox 9 – Scouts: Boston has had a tendency to explode for large innings this year, and today was a perfect example of that. The Sox picked up 7 runs in the 7th to save Chris Sale’s win/loss record. Sale failed to strike out double digits, leaving him 1 game shy of the record for consecutive 10+ K performances, held by Pedro Martinez.
Pirates 12, Braves 5 F/10 – Prof: Only a few hours after a long rain delay, Pittsburgh and Atlanta played again, and they just couldn’t get enough. An absolute bullpen meltdown caused the Buccos to catch up in the 9th and demolish in the 10th. Of course, for a team whose identity is synonymous with world class pitching, the Braves are just an agony these days.
Angels 2, Rays 5 – Prof: The Rays had production from Steven Souza Jr and the Angels remembered that they stink. However, Albert Pujols hit his 597th home run in the loss. Something to discuss in the comments – is Pujols first ballot?