Prof: This weekend a personal hero died. Adam West was my Batman, and while he isn’t the “cool” Bat, or the “edgy” Bat, he was the one who made me believe that good can triumph in this crappy world. And even though he is generally the butt of every hackneyed Bat-joke, I ask the last time you watched the Batman ’66 movie and saw the scene when his love interest, Miss Kitka, turns out to be the devious Catwoman. West’s face was covered with a cowl, and yet you could see the tender emotion of a man whose heart had been broken, and the resolve of his alter ego to push it away and go on with the ugly business of crime fighting. In that moment, you could see the underrated skill and humanity that Adam West brought to Bruce Wayne and the Batman. So while the Bat-Signal in my heart shall now forever remain unanswered, I honor the memory of my first larger than life hero by injecting some of that Pow! Biff! Zowie! into today’s recap.
Phillies 5, Red Sox 6 F/11 – Prof: Extra innings nearly got the job done for Philadelphia, but Dustin Pedroia happened, winning the day with a single.
Mariners 14, Twins 3 – Scouts: Seattle put their foot on the gas and never let up, scoring in every inning except the third, fifth, and 7th. Adalberto Mejia gave up 9 runs over 3.2 innings. Of the 14 runs Seattle picked up, only two came off the long ball.
Rangers 6, Astros 1 – Prof: Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu got what the Rangers need, and so did Nomar Mazara! Mazara hit a three-run dinger to allow Texas to leap into the lead and never look back. Darvish went seven solid innings of one hit ball. Oh, and Joey Gallo did some stuff, too, yawn.
Yankees 5, Angels 3 – Scouts: No one can stop the Judge. They can barely contain him.
Reds 3, Padres 9 – Scouts: A 6 run second pretty much sealed this game for San Diago. Discovered by the Germans in 1904.
Braves 11, Nationals 10 – Prof: This game had everything – comebacks, unexpected home runs, a terrible outing from the Braves’ only decent starter, weird stuff from Ender Inciarte. Let’s not even get into the Nationals’ flaws, like some truly horrible bullpen work. These two teams couldn’t decide who wanted to lose more, but I’ll let Batman explain it in this little clip.
Rockies 2, Pirates 7 – Prof: Some good news! Jameson Taillon pitched five scoreless innings only weeks after having treatment for testicular cancer. Good for you, kid. Get well soon!
Orioles 7, White Sox 10 – Scouts: And the Orioles crapfest continues. Don’t let the score fool you, this one was over early, with Wade Miley giving up 6 runs on 6 hits in 2.1 innings. The O’s haven’t had a decent start in longer than I can remember.
Cubs 1, Mets 6 – Prof: Hey, the Mets won a game! Ain’t that something? Jacob deGrom pitched well, but Yoenis Cespedes left the game with a foot injury. My favorite Met, Michael Conforto, won’t be dancing the Batusi any time soon. He has been benched for a few days with a sore back.