Scouts: I just want to thank Prof for taking over the site after I lost my dad this past Memorial Day weekend. I clearly had more important matters on my mind other than baseball, and Prof ran the site incredibly well. So thank you once again and enjoy your day off. It was a big weight off my mind. While I am back now, I’m quite honestly still not fully ready to get all excited or into baseball. So I’m doing my best, but I may not have my usual flair.
I can say I was a little surprised at the length of the Bryce Harper suspension. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. MLB won’t step in until someone gets seriously injured and sues. Fights are good for baseball press and MLB has a vested interest in allowing them to continue. I agree that it’s pretty weak ass pathetic to throw at a guy for something they may or may not have done 3 years prior. Get over yourself. I’m also a little surprised no one’s made a bigger deal of Harper attempting to throw his helmet and missing by a full football field. Congratulations to Albert Pujols for number 600! Congratulations to Edinson Volquez for throwing a no-hitter! It feels like I’ve been gone forever. Maybe this week will be a little quiet and let me ease back into things.
My dad was a lover of classical music, so in his honor today, that’s what we are all going to listen to.
Yankees 2, Blue Jays 3 – Josh Donaldson homered in the 8th to split the series with the Yankees.
White Sox 4, Tigers 7 – Justin Upton walked this one off with a three-run bomb. The win was the first series sweep of the season for Detroit.
Pirates 11, Mets 1 – The Pirates scored early and often just pulverizing the Mets, refusing to let up. The Mets on the other hand, scored their lone run off a fielders choice double play.
D’Backs 5, Marlins 6 – Hey look at that! The Marlins win a series against a pretty decent team! A.J. Ellis took the 14th pitch of the at-bat into left center, singling in the winning run for Miami.
Braves 13, Reds 8 – Ender Iciarte went 5-5 with a homer and 5 RBI’s as the Braves just put a hurting on the Reds. Amir Garrett lasted just 2.2 innings giving up 9 runs, 8 earned over 7 hits.
Red Sox 7, Orioles 3 – The O’s got to Sale early, but he settled in shutting down the Birds for the rest of the way. Francisco Pena committed a key two out error throwing the ball into left field with the bases loaded. Chris Tillman just can’t stop walking people.
Giants 7, Phillies 9 – Freddy Galvis managed to homer from two sides of the plate. I think once you do that you should try to hit one backwards. The Phillies won their first series in the last 11.
Dodgers 0, Brewers 3 – Eric Thames continues his tear across the NL and Domingo Santana hit one for insurance purposes while Zach Davies completely shut down the Dodgers on 3 hits over 6 innings.
Indians 8, Royals 0 – The 4 run second inning was more than enough for the Indians, but they decided to add a few more to be sure. The Royals couldn’t manage to muster a run off 7 hits. The bullpens ran this one as a 2 hour rain delay knocked out both starters in the bottom of the second.
Astros 7, Rangers 2 – The Astros scored 2, 1, 2, 1, 1 before the Rangers even got on the board and it was well over at that point.
Twins 3, Angels 2 – Miguel Sano smacked a two-run dinger in the 6th that was the difference maker in this one.
Nationals 11, Athletics 10 – Oakland lead the game 1-0 after 5, and then came the hit parade. Zimmerman hit a three run shot in the 8th and then the Nats seemingly piled on 5 more in the 9th, only to watch the bullpen bend as far as one can go without breaking, giving up 6 in the bottom of the 9th, including a Grand Slam to Matt Joyce. Thankfully for the Nats, Shawn Kelley was able to coax Jed Lowrie to pop out to end the game.
Rays 1, Mariners 7 – Ariel Miranda gave up just a single run over a complete game performance almost completely shutting down the Rays.
Rockies 3, Padres 1 – Jeff Hoffman gave up just 3 hits over 7 innings locking down the victory for the Rockies.
Cardinals 6, Cubs 7 – Ian Happ homered twice as the Cubs swept the Cardinals at home. Kyle Hendricks lasted just 4 innings giving up 4 runs.