Prof: Actual stuff happened in the Braves and Brewers game, which I will discuss in the game recap, but the most talked about thing didn’t happen on the field. Joe Simpson, who might be one of the most hated announcers in all of baseball (even by Braves fans, maybe especially by Braves fans), had a bit of a tantrum on the air after the Braves Organist (who is one of the best organists in sports, not my opinion but an actual fact) played an upbeat song in later innings. Apparently, Joe feels that when the Braves are being beaten, there should be no music, ever, and certainly nothing that could possibly put a smile on someone’s face. Twitter blew up, and even the professional organization for sports organists (yes, there is one) weighed in. I don’t expect there to be an apology from Joe, but there should be. He’s an embarrassment to the organization, in my opinion. And in this day and age, when everything that the Braves does is slightly embarrassing, that’s really saying something. Now, on with the show.
Pirates 4, Cardinals 8 – Scouts: Randal Grichuk tied it with a 478 foot two-run moonshot. The next inning the Cards piled on 4 more as the bullpen watched this one fall apart.
Twins 4, Indians 0 – Prof: The Magical Land of Cleve was fresh out of magic last night, and Happy’s boys were able to capitalize! It’s going to be interesting in the AL Central this year. The Twins swept the reigning AL Champs, and now are a half-game ahead of Cleveland in the division standings. Jason Castro drove in three, and Brian Dozier hit the game winning home run.
Cubs 2, Marlins 4 – Prof: Well, that isn’t good. Mike Montgomery pitched a great game, but it didn’t really mean anything when the offense was…well…offensive. Chicago stranded eleven – ELEVEN?? – and to add insult to literal injury, Addison Russell’s nagging shoulder injury returned. Giancarlo Stanton smacked a home run, and Ichiro! keeps breaking records – this time he became the oldest player to start in center field since the dead ball era.
Orioles 8, Rays 5 – Prof: Wow, did y’all know that Baltimore hasn’t won a road series since the middle of April? All that changed at the Trop last weekend. On Sunday, Caleb Joseph, Trey Mancini, and Jonathan Schoop hit homers for the Orioles.
Scouts: Over the weekend the O’s snapped a 20 game streak of giving up 5 or more runs. on Sunday they celebrated by giving up 5 runs. I guess old habits are hard to break.
Angels 4, Red Sox 2 – Scouts: Doug Fister and Parker Bridwell dueled it out, with Parker edging Fister despite giving up two home runs.
Brewers 7, Braves 0 – Prof: Zach Davies, a young pitcher that I have been a fan of since he first came up with Milwaukee, gave Atlanta some serious problems last night. Julio Teheran was terrible, giving up seven runs in the first four innings. Not only did Davies pitch well, but he also hit a leadoff double in the fourth inning as well. Good on ya, kiddo. (Seriously, google Zach Davies and tell me that he doesn’t look like he should still be pitching in high school. He’s a child!)
Reds 6, Nationals 2 – Prof: Awww yeah, my young son Scooter Gennett strikes again, this time against the Washington Nationals! Four hits (including an RBI single), one homer, and a rocket throw to get a Nat out at home. My heart, it is full.
Rangers 7, Yankees 6 – Prof: Rough day for Michael Pineda. The Rangers showed no mercy – Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo, and Drew Robinson all homered off of him in early innings. All seven Texas runs were achieved in the first four innings.
Athletics 5, White Sox 3 – Scouts: Sonny Gray went 7 innings giving up just 2 runs and 4 hits allowing the A’s some time to come from behind on Chicago’s bullpen.
Blue Jays 8, Royals 2 – Scouts: Jose Bautista woke up the Blue Jay’s offense with a two run blast in the 5th. Toronto took advantage of a Royal error in the 6th and put up 5 runs which was more than enough for Francisco Liriano.
Mets 8, Giants 2 – Prof: Man, how bad do you have to be to be beaten by six runs by THE METS? That’s a special kind of awful. Hunter Strickland came back from his Royce Harpler-related suspension, and promptly gave up a homer to the Grandy Man and hit a guy, too. Good times.
Astros 8, Mariners 2 – Scouts: 4 in the 4th was enough to win it, the extra 4 in the 9th was just for show. We also had a bit of a situation when a umpire ruled a runner safe on replay, then quickly changed the ruling to out. Um, buddy you had plenty of time there.
Phillies 1, Diamondbacks 2 F/11 – Scouts: I hope you like pitching duels, because that’s what we had in Arizona before Daniel Descalso singled in the winning run in the 11th in a game that featured more strike outs (21) than hits (16).
Tigers 7, Padres 5 – Scouts: Mikie Mahtook who has just one of the most difficult to look at names knocked in the go-ahead runs in the 9th to end the Tigers 8 game losing streak.
Rockies 6, Dodgers 12 – Prof: Oh, wow. This is a wild ride. Ready? Let’s go. So, The Rockies were ahead until the seventh inning. Then wild pitches happened! Two wild pitches in the seventh, and two wild pitches in the eighth, adding with them five additional runs. Then young phenom Cody Bellinger pushed the dagger in, hitting his second home run of the game.