Prof: Did you have a great weekend? My regular date and I went to see the new Christopher Nolan movie, “Dunkirk”. Beautiful. Absolutely stunning. I suggest you see it if you are a fan of beautifully shot, well acted, and thought provoking films. I am not going to spoil anything – not that you can spoil a battle that happened decades ago – but I will just say that Tom Hardy continues to be the king of acting with a mask on. Everything about this was stunning. What I liked about it was that, unlike a great many other World War II films, this had a sense of the hopelessness, the claustrophobia, the futility of war without being pornographically violent. A great, nearly documentary style work of pure vision. I highly recommend it to you all. I’ll probably go see it again soon, because as always with a Christopher Nolan work, you have to see it twice to really get all of the quiet touches he puts into his films.
Blue Jays 1, Indians 8 – Prof: You cannot destroy the Klubot. You cannot counteract him. One can only hope to contain him. The Blue Jays weren’t able to contain Corey Kluber, and he struck out 14 batters. His coworkers pulled their weight, including a two run homer from Michael Brantley. The Magical Land of Cleve now have a .500 record at home for the year, and Toronto is dead last in the division.
Marlins 3, Reds 6 – Scouts: Tom Koehler allowed homers to Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez, and Tucker Barnhart all in the first 5.2 innings.
Astros 7, Orioles 9 – Scouts: In a back and forth game filled with not much pitching the O’s found themselves on top in the end. Zach Britton recorded his AL-record 55th consecutive save.
Brewers 3, Phillies 6 – Prof: The Phillies got a good showing out of Howie Kendrick. A rough day for Milwaukee, who has seen their hold on the NL Central leaderboard loosen in the last few days. Now they are pretty much tied with the Cubs for control of the division, and things aren’t looking too good right now.
Tigers 9, Twins 6 – Scouts: This game was decided in the latter three innings, when 11 of the game’s 15 runs were scored.
White Sox 4, Royals 5 – Scouts: It’s been a little while since we had a walk-off hasn’t it? Brandom Moss doubled down the right-field line to score Lorenzo Cain to give the KC faithful a fun-day Sunday.
Pirates 3, Rockies 13 – Prof: Whew! This was an offensive nightmare for Pittsburgh. The Rockies hit enough in the third inning alone to win the game, along with a solo blast from Charlie Blackmon in the fifth, but the sixth inning? Well… Trevor Story hit a two run homer. Pat Valaika hit a two run homer. Nolan Arenado hit an RBI single to bring home my boy DJ LeMahieu. Then, Mark Reynolds hit a home run to bring Arenado in as well! Reynolds also hit a homer in the eighth.
Red Sox 2, Angels 3 – Scouts: Parker Bridwell held the Sox to just 2 runs over 7 innings. Rick Porcello went the distance, but gave up solo homers to Andrelton Simmons, Mike Trout, and Luis Valbuena.
Padres 5, Giants 2 – Prof: The San Francisco Giants are in last place in the NL West. Let that sink in. When was the last time that happened? Does anyone remember? I don’t. I know I was alive for it, but I just don’t remember it happening. For the Padres, they have a good thing going with young Wil Myers, who keeps blasting homers against the Giants in every meeting they have.
Yankees 6, Mariners 4 – Scouts: NY rallied in the 6th to come from behind and to cap off a 11 game road trip with their 6th win.
Braves 4, Dodgers 5 F/10 – Prof: The Big Story of this game, and of baseball in general, is that Clayton Kershaw left early in the game with a lower back injury. Hopefully, he’ll be back to world domination soon. For a minute, it looked like the Braves were going to shock the world and take two from LA, but alas. Jim Johnson happened. I mean, they even had Kenley Jansen on the ropes! But no. No, JJ had to walk Cody Bellinger to load the bases and leave no room for error. Thanks, bud.
Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 2 – Prof: The second Big Story of the night was the early exit and apparent injury to Stephen Strasburg. Unlike Kershaw, Stras has been dealing with a vague soreness in his arm, and it’s a lingering sort of pain that has been getting gradually more and more uncomfortable. It’s smart for him to take a bit of time to see what’s up with his arm. Not that the Nats needed Stras in last night’s game. Washington was able to get the jump on Robbie Ray, who allowed four runs in the first inning alone.
Cardinals 3, Cubs 5 – Scouts: Jose Quintana pitched well enough to get the win. Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber went deep as Michael Wacha did not bring his A game.
Athletics 3, Mets 2 – Prof: It’s do or die time for the Mets. Are they going to have a huge yard sale? Is your favorite team going to be able to pick up, say, a Jay Bruce or an Addison Reed pretty cheap from New York in the next couple of weeks? One thing is certain, they continue to get valuable play from Michael Conforto, who hit a home run for this beleaguered team.
Rangers 6, Rays 5 – Prof: Rougned Odor hit two home runs, and Carlos Gomez hit a bomb in the eighth inning as well, and in doing so Texas swept the Sea Creatures. Joey Gallo hit a home run, too! Chicks dig the long ball, you guys.