Thanks again to the Prof for covering while I had to take a work trip on Friday. I hope you all enjoyed, because you’re going to get more Prof time next week when I take a few days off to go sail the seas in style. My team has been in the midst of one of the worst collapses I’ve ever been witness to. To see a team go from one of the few best to the worst in the league has been pretty heartbreaking. 21 of 22 games they have given up 5 or more runs, and that’s just no way to play professional baseball. I’ve been taking the opportunity to take a mini-break from baseball. Sure I’m still doing the highlights and checking the scores and keeping invested, but I’m not necessarily watching every pitch cursing every batting practice throw or swing in the dirt. It’s kind of nice to take the time to recuperate some. There wasn’t a whole lot of baseball last night as most of the league had the same opportunity to recuperate as me. So what did you all do on your day off? Did you have a 80s power-ballad dance off? Because you are about to!
Cubs 5, Nationals 4 – Scouts: You had to really wait on the action in this one. 7 of the game’s 9 runs were scored in the 9th, with the Nats finally waking up in the 9th, but still managing to come up short. 3 Total errors didn’t help either. Wilson Contreras had a double and a home run and Royce Harper went 3-5. Javier Baez also had himself a pretty good night. This should be a pretty good series, so buckle up ladies and gents!
Twins 1, Red Sox 4 – Prof: Chris Sale gets the win, Craig Kimbrel gets the save, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
Rangers 9, Indians 15 – Prof: What the what? These two teams decided that too much is not enough. The Rangers had a lead that many would think would be gravy, but never, ever count out the Magical Land of Cleve! While Texas dominated in the first half, Cleveland took over in the fifth inning and never looked back. Multiple RBI from delicious Francisco Lindor truffle, Carlos Santana, and Lonnie Chisenhall jumpstarted the Magical Comeback of Cleve. For the Rangers, there was another home run from Joey Gallo. Do y’all think we’ll see him join Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby? Oh, please, oh please. I hope so.
Phillies 1, Diamondbacks 6 – Prof: Zack Greinke is still a man to be feared. Yes, he’s not always the lights out guy he was a few years ago, but he still has plenty of evil in that arm of his. When this season began, did y’all imagine that the Gritty Snakes would be this good? This is the best start in team history – they are currently 49-28. That’s even better than the 2001 D’Backs. Something’s in the air at Chase Field.
Reds 2, Cardinals 8 – Prof: Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko both homered, and Michael Wacha actually had an effective night on the bump.
Rockies 2, Giants 9 – Scouts: The Giants are now 1-10 against the Rockies, which is something I guess. Buster Posey picked up 3 ribbies off as many hits.
Angels 4, Dodgers 0 – Scouts: Ricky Nolasco shut down the Dodgers in the midst of a homer spree, allowing nothing over 6.1 innings. If you are a Dodgers fan I guess you are at least happy that Rich Hill pitched his longest outing of the season in the loss.
Yankees 6, White Sox 5 – Scouts: This one wasn’t as close as the score would indicate with the Sox picking up 4 in the 9th causing Aroldis Chapman to enter to slam the door. Well close it gently is more like it since he entered and gave up a few hits and a run before picking up the final two outs.