Prof: Oh my, I’m so glad it’s Thursday. Question – does anyone know much about mono, other than it’s called the kissing disease? How long is one contagious? How do you know that you have mono and not just a plain old cold? I have legitimate reasons for asking… Anyway, onto baseball.
Royals 0, Orioles 6 – Scouts: Jeremy Hellickson had a very strong Orioles debut, and don’t look now but the O’s are on a bit of a hot streak winning their last 5 and 11 of their last 16. The O’s are set to face Detroit, LAA twice, Oakland twice, and Mariners over their next six series.
Reds 5, Pirates 2 – Scouts: Joaquin Benoit makes his Pittsburgh debut and promptly gives up the game losing home run to rookie Jesse Winker who just happens to have one of my favoritest baseball names.
Nationals 0, Marlins 7 – Prof: Fun fact – my ex is the biggest Vance Worley fan that I know. So I think he would be happy with the result of this game, which saw Worley pitching seven innings, allowing only two hits, and getting his first W since May of last year! Player of the night was Dee Gordon, who pretty much did everything – stole bases, made a huge play on D, tripled, singled, and had an RBI.
Dodgers 3, Braves 5 – Prof: AWWW YEAH BOYYYYYYYY, The Dodgers have a weakness and that weakness is called The Atlanta Braves! The Braves are the ONLY team this year to give the Dodgers multiple losses. And they did it again last night. Cody Bellinger tried his best, bless him, starting off the game with a home run to put the Dodgers on the board first. But then the Braves came back pretty strong, answering with a two run homer of their own.
Mariners 1, Rangers 5 – Scouts: Delino DeShields, Joeey Gallo, and Elvis Andrus slugged it out for the Rangers. Gallo’s blast traveled 460 feet.
Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 0 – Scouts: Jake Arrietta was out pitched by Zach Goodley. Both only gave up three hits and two walks, but Jake gave up one earned and one unearned run that was the difference maker.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 4 – Scouts: What happened in Milwaukee? These guys looked unstoppable a month ago and now can’t even beat the Cardinals. The Brew Crew is now just 3 games over .500 and 2.5 games behind the Cubbies.
Rays 3, Astros 0 – Prof: I am not going to talk about the game, but I am going to talk about my new favorite feud, which is between the Rays’ star pitcher Chris Archer and my favorite green furry alien, Orbit. Orbit likes to needle and poke at one player and play up any kind of trollish, pranking hi-jinx. His former partner in feud was J.P. Arencibia, most memorably from jeering signs held up by the Houston mascot which read “J.P. Arencibia cried during “The Notebook”. It was only a matter of time before Orbit found a new victim, and Archer has stepped up his mascot trolling game. I am HERE FOR IT.
Mets 10, Rockies 5 – Scouts: Colorado jumped out to a 5-0 lead, then apparently decided to take the rest of the night off against the hapless Mets. Except tonight they weren’t so hapless. Tonight they mounted 10 unanswered runs including a 3 spot by Curtis Granderson.
Blue Jays 5, White Sox 1 – Prof: Heyyyyyy J.A. Happ! Looking good out there, man! Happer fanned ten and helped the Blue Jays fly to victory. Must’ve been that hometown air (Happ is from Illinois and had a large cadre of family and friends at the game). Josh Donaldson and the newly unstoppable Steve Pearce hit home runs. I wonder when Pearce will start getting the Eric Thames Special from MLB?
Twins 5, Padres 2 – Prof: Minnesota had a chance to Smell Baseball, and took it. Ervin Santana threw a complete game with only four hits, and also hit a two run single to help his cause as the Twins were able to climb back onto the winner’s podium for only the second time in the last nine games.
Phillies 7, Angels 0 – Scouts: Mike Trout, C.J. Cron, and Kaleb Cowart all went yard as part of a 7-run third-inning that had Jake Thompson looking for a warm blanket to hide under.
Athletics 6, Giants 1 – Scouts: Matt Moore gave up 4 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings and that’s about all I can say for this ballgame.
Tigers 2, Yankees 0 – Prof: Rain is everywhere it seems, at least here on the East Coast. Lots of the wet stuff poured down at Yankee Stadium. Once Detroit and New York got back on the field and finished up the game, the two teams had been on and off for nearly 7 1/2 hours. A little rough out there for Yankees’ pitcher Tanaka, who can’t seem to pitch during the day. He is currently rocking a daytime ERA of 12.15. Yikes! An error brought Mikie Mahtook home for the winning run.
Indians, Red Sox – PPD