Prof: I told y’all that Aaron Blair was going to get shipped back to Gwinnett! Also joining him down at the Braves AAA affiliate is Dansby Swanson. I’m cool with it. Dansby is in a slump, and sometimes when you’re in a slump like that, you gotta work through it. Brian Snitker, the current Braves manager (dear God, please, don’t let him be the future Braves manager), has this thing about playing old as [redacted] dudes and leaving young guys who actually NEED to get their reps in riding the pine. It’s terrible. So sending Dansby down to Gwinnett means he will probably be able to play every day or pretty close to it, and hopefully this will get him back to his 2016 self. It’s very few folks who can jump right into the majors from school without any minor league experience (which is what happened with Dansby. I’ll be the first to say that the Braves rushed him up way too soon).
Have a good weekend, fam!
Rays 5, Yankees 6 F/11 – Scouts: Grett Gardner setup the tie with a lead-off triple to start the 9th, then smacked a walk-off homer in the 11th. I’d say he’s probably pretty proud of himself right about now.
Brewers 2, Nationals 15 – Prof: Wow. Poor Michael Blazek got lit up with no mercy whatsoever by the Nationals, who crushed his spirit and back to back to back to back homers in this ridiculous little league game at Nationals Park. The Nats hit eight homers total, including the four consecutive home runs in the third inning (with one more later on for good measure). Poor Blazek was being shelled like it was batting practice; it was his first ever start after spending well over 100 games pitching relief. Looks like he’s going to not start again for a while.
Angels 1, Indians 2 – Prof: Drone enthusiast Trevor Bauer got his paycheck last night, going a full eight innings, and Francisco delicious Lindor truffle broke the tie (and won the game) with a single in the seventh.
Reds 1, Marlins 4 – Scouts: Giancarlo Stanton didn’t hit a homer for the first time in about 23 games. To be fair, he was walked three times. Didn’t matter as the Feesh still got the win.
Mets 5, Padres 7 – Scouts: Padres got a pair of homers by a pair of rookies, Manuel Margot and Dusty Coleman off of Met’s rookie starter who gave up 4 runs in 3 innings in his MLB debut.
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 8 F/10 – Prof: That’s how you end a game – with a salami! The charcuterie was provided by Steve Pearce. Toronto swept the A’s. Also notable was that three Blue Jays were ejected in this game. The manager, John Gibbons, was tossed for arguing balls and strikes. Later in that same inning, pitcher Marcus Stroman and catcher Russell Martin were ejected for the same reason. Stroman had to be held back by his catcher and a bench coach. Makes you wonder… was the home plate ump THAT bad?
Cubs 6, White Sox 3 – Scouts: FOUR! That’s the sound of the bats go boom! 6 homers in this game as no one could keep the ball in the yard.
Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 0 – Prof: Another grand slam wins the game, and this one provided all of the offense needed as the Gritty Snakes defeated the Redbirds. Arizona is thanking Detroit for the gift of J.D. Martinez, who has been a fireball for them. He was the one who hit the slam.