Prof: They say that you have to be the thing you want most in life. I want to be a sportswriter. Sportswriters listen to Ryan Adams. Coincidentally, so do I. So, I’m going to pretend full out that I’m a professional sportswriter and post some Ryan Adams for all of us to enjoy.
Mariners 7, Twins 20 – Prof: The game of the evening! I hope that Happy was able to watch this! How ’bout your boys, good sir? Minnesota had a franchise first, recording 28 (!!!) hits. According to Elias Sports Bureau, these are the most hits in a game since the Rangers smashed 29 in 2007. So, wowzers. And they did it all without the heavy lumber of Miguel Sano! Look at who pulled their weight: Eddie Rosario had three home runs by himself, Brian Dozier and Max Kepler also had a smackarooney a piece. Jason Castro had four ribbies of his own and the Twins currently lead the AL Central. Ain’t that something?
Yankees 2, Angels 3 – Scouts: This game was all about Eric Young Jr., who tied the game in the 8th with a solo homer, and then won it in the 11th with a walk-off single. The Yankees lost CC Sebathia to a strained left hamstring in the 5th.
Reds 2, Padres 6 – Scouts: Francy Cordero picked up two home runs and Clayton Richard lasted all but one out .
Royals 8, Giants 1 – Scouts: The Royals scored 6 in the 6th, including a bases-loaded triple by Whit Merrifield sending the Giants to their 40th loss on the season.
Brewers 0, Cardinals 6 (Game 1), Brewers 8, Cardinals 5 (Game 2) – Prof: First things first, congrats to Mike Matheny (who depending on who you talk to is either the number one or number two dreamiest manager in all of baseball), who is a new grandpa! Wow! Boy, do I feel stupid old now! Oh, and I guess there was a doubleheader played as well. Um… Lance Lynn got the game one win despite some shaky pitching, and for the Brew Crew, Corey Knebel converts another save, his ninth in twelve tries.
Braves 5, Nationals 10 – Prof: Ryan Zimmerman has been out of action lately, and last night was his return to the diamond. And boy, did he ever, hitting two home runs and driving in three runs against R.A. Dickey and the sad sack Atlanta Barves. Yes, I meant Barves. SomeGuy will be a happy man because his Nats’ bullpen didn’t mess their collective britches last night.
Rockies 2, Pirates 5 – Scouts: Andrew McCutchen had himself a two home run game, but it was John Jaso’s two-run pinch-hit home run that put the Pirates up for good in the seventh.
Rays 8, Blue Jays 1 – Scouts: The Rays got homers by Taylor Featherson, Logan Morrison, and Corey Dickerson. Marco Estrada gave up 12 hits over 3.1 innings for the Jays.
Phillies 3, Red Sox 4 F/12 – Prof: Man, the Red Sox really love going into extra innings, don’t they? It seems like every other day I’m typing F/extras next to their name. The game was won by young Andrew Benintendi hitting a walk-off single…which actually bounced out of the ball park, but was still ruled a single. Fernando Abad got the win. The only thing I can think of is my favorite Keane song, “A Bad Dream”. I wake up, it’s Abad. Dream.
Dodgers 7, Indians 5 – Prof: Another day, another successful outing for Clayton Kershaw. All he does is win, win, win, no matter what. Rookie phenom Cody Bellinger hit two home runs to help the cause. Are the Dodgers finally for really real this year?
Diamondbacks 7, Tigers 6 – Scouts: David Peralta hit the game winner in the 9th. Paul Goldschmidt and Brandon Drury assisted with two run homers.
Cubs 14, Mets 3 – Prof: The National League equivalent of the Twins’ game was the matchup between Chicago and New York. The lineup got a good shake when Joe Maddon, who is never afraid to try something new, put Anthony Rizzo first in batting order. Rizz (who, not unlike Illya Kuryakin, goes and does what is required of him) right away hit a big ol’ homer to christen his new spot in the lineup. Ian Happ, the fresh, exciting young rook, got his first career grand slam and the Mets rolled up out of Citi Field in shame.
Athletics 1, Marlins 8 – Prof: Big news in this one is that Giancarlo Stanton can get hit in the wrist and keep on smashing home runs because his bone structure is not unlike that of Logan the Wolverine, and Ichiro! got his 364th interleague hit, which ties Derek Jeter’s record. Go Ichiro!
Orioles 1, White Sox 6 – Scouts: The pathetic Orioles continue their streak of horribleness, now losing their 11th consecutive road game, each in increasingly pathetic fashion. This time it was a 0 out Grand Slam given up to Matt Davidson in the 6th. Baltimore continues to show incompetence on every dimension and if anyone would actually give us anything for any of our players, I would sell in a heartbeat. Rumors are flying that Dan Duquette will get his ass fired any day now.
Rangers 4, Astros 2 – Prof: Joey Gallo didn’t do much, but Rougned Odor surely did. Two home runs, one of which propelled the Rangers to the lead. Odor has hit four homers in his last eight games, an incredible streak for a guy who went almost a full month without hitting one. George Springer continues to do big things for Houston, nearing the franchise record for most leadoff homers which is currently held by one Craig Biggio. Not too shabby.