Here it is, folks, the last day of baseball for about a week. Oh, I know, the All Star Game will be played in the meantime, but this is the last set of meaningful games for a few days. Let’s savor these games, and as always, discuss below in the comments.
Tigers 5, Indians 3 – Oh wow, the Klubot is only human after all! The Magical Land of Cleve lost in a close one over the Tigers, whose questionable bullpen nearly gave it away. But Detroit squeaked it out.
Brewers 5, Yankees 3 – The Brewers are a surprising success this season, 5 1/2 games over the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Home runs smacked by the most unusual of suspects – Travis Shaw and Stephen Vogt – and the Brewers continue to do more with less. I think it’s because I moved away from Cheeselandia. Every time I leave a place, things become way more interesting.
Astros 19, Blue Jays 1 – Houston had a visit from the Fantastic Four, and it was, in the words of The Thing, CLOBBERIN’ TIME! Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel, and Evan Gattis all hit home runs, and they currently have a ridiculous 16 1/2 game lead over their closest rivals, the Texas Rangers. Holy cow.
Pirates 14, Cubs 3 – The Cubs are sinking fast, and the Pirates used that tide to raise their ship. Jon Lester gave up ten runs in the first inning. He didn’t even make it past the first inning, but who could blame Joe Maddon for pulling him out? I sure don’t. He was awful, and the Cubs couldn’t come back from such a terrible performance. Chicago is probably hoping that the All Star Break does them some good.
White Sox 0, Rockies 10 – This was was a real nail biter until the ninth inning. Rookie Kyle Freeland took a no-hitter deep, until Melky Cabrera hit a single against him. Just two outs away, and poof. It was gone. On the other side of the coin, Coors Field was a launching pad for the Rockies. Pat Valaika drove in five, including a three run bomb, and Charlie Blackmon hit a solo homer as well.
Marlins 10, Giants 8 F/11 – My goodness. The Feesh swept the floundering Giants, and Giancarlo Stanton smacked two homers. If the rumors are true and Scrooge McLoria and his cronies decide to deal Marcell the Damned (tm, copyright Old Gator, Incorporated) and the Big Buckin’ Chicken (tm, copyright your friendly neighborhood Prof), this might be the last time we see this gang bust out like that. And it would be a real shame, because this core group has a good future.
Braves 5, Nationals 10 – Returning Atlanta hero Freddie Freeman was good – three run home and single – but the Nats were just that much better last night. And in a huge surprise to everyone on the planet, the Nationals bullpen was on their toes, too. Congrats, SomeGuy!
Padres 1, Phillies 7 – Homer-thon in Philadelphia! Six blasts, two from young Freddy Galvis.
Orioles 11, Twins 5 – Adam Jones hit two home runs in this back and forth game.
Mets 0, Cardinals 6 – Well, that’s not good. The Mets were a mess and three Cardinals hit homers. New York is so awful this season. Did y’all read that Brandon Nimmo had to go on the DL with a partially collapsed lung? I mean, for goodness sake, you guys. What kind of burial ground did the Wilpons build Citi Field on?
Red Sox 3, Rays 5 – Brad Miller broke a tie with a two run homer off Joe Kelly, who in his previous 23 appearances went scoreless. Ah, well. All good things come to an end.
Angels 3, Rangers 0 – Albert Pujols, future Hall of Famer, added to his impressive resume by cracking another home run and helping pull the Angels ahead of the Texas Rangers.
Athletics 0, Mariners 4 – King Felix found some of his mojo with the help of Nelson Cruz’s 17th home run of the season, and Seattle shut out Oakland.
Royals 2, Dodgers 5 – Clayton Kershaw had a bit of a minor hiccup in the beginning of the game, but soon his android switch kicked in and he cruised to a 99 pitch complete game victory, getting his fourteenth win in the process and helping the Dodgers improve their record to 61-29. Kershaw is no mere mortal. Kershaw is an alien from a baseball playing planet, or a demigod. I wouldn’t be surprised if his name isn’t actually Kal-El Kershaw or something like that.
Reds 2, Diamondbacks 1 – The Reds rode the arm of rent-a-wreck Homer Bailey, who has had a dozen started in the last three years, to victory over the suddenly cool Gritty Snakes. Arizona is on a losing streak heading into the All Star Break, and they are 7 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.