Prof: I’m still feeling kinda lousy, so my contributions will be minor. My apologies. Also, Happy, I saw your comment from the other day and I will still take Max Kepler even when he’s gotten older. LOL
Mets 10, Phillies 0 – Prof: The Braves can’t beat the Phillies, but New York can waltz into town and cut their throats. Life isn’t fair. Jacob deGrom had a good outing. He went 6 2/3 innings, 9 Ks, and allowed only four hits all night. However, he was hit by a line drive and had to leave the game. X-rays didn’t show anything, and for the Mets’ sake, let’s hope he’ll be okay. We had us some tasty long balls in this matchup, too. Taters were mashed by Neil Walker, Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson, and Wilmer Flores.
Royals 6, Cardinals 8 – Scouts: KC committed three errors and allowed Dexter Fowler to launch a grand slam in the 7th which lead to the Cardinals 6th consecutive victory. KC has now lost 9 of the last 11. The Cubs had the day off which means the Cardinals are now just a game back from the division lead.
Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 6 – Scouts: All I do is win, win, win no matter what. Seriously someone stop the Dodgers already. They are now 81-33 and are truly terrifying.
Orioles 7, Athletics 2 – Scouts: I hope you like back-to-back home runs, because the O’s did it twice last night. Both times Trey Mancini was involved who also added in a double to the mix. He won’t end up as the rookie of the year, but he should at least be part of the conversation.
Angels 6, Mariners 3 – Scouts: The best-damn-player in baseball broke open this one with a double in the 9th after the bullpen couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead in the 8th.
Padres 3, Reds 10 – Prof: MY BOY, MY SMALL SON! Scoots Magoots did something amazing yesterday. Well, in the scheme of things a grand slam is not amazing. And even for him, it’s not amazing (he’s hit three in his career). But he did it against a lefty, which is usually Scooter’s downfall. Gennett is notoriously bad against left handed pitchers (generally carries a .200 BA or worst against them). When he played for Milwaukee, if the opposing pitcher that night was a lefty, Scoots did not start. They would put someone else (the Brewers had second as a platoon for about a year or two), usually like Rickie Weeks or something. Anyway, young Scooter went up there and like a mother-freaking boss, went totes yard and on the first pitch, too. That’s my effing BOY. MY BOY!!!
Pirates 7, Tigers 5 – Scouts: Drew VerHagen gave up 6 runs on 9 hits in 3.2 innings to raise his ERA to 7.82. I suppose that’s better than the reliever I saw the other day give up a run in .2 innings and saw his 12+ something era actually go down. /Shudder.
Marlins 2, Nationals 3 – Prof: The most important news to me is that Justin Bour, the Big Buckin’ Chicken, has yet to resume baseball activities. Prof has a sad. Now that my sadness has been addressed, let’s talk about last night’s game. Giancarlo Stanton continues to be a mad bomber. He hit his 39th of the season. The game was won by Brian Goodwin’s home run in the eighth inning.
Yankees 0, Blue Jays 4 – Scouts: Shut down! The Yankees couldn’t get anything going against Marco Estrada and Sonny Gray now is 0-2 as a Yankee having giving up 9 runs in his two starts. Not quite the return they were hoping for when they traded for him.
Indians 1, Rays 4 – Prof: Corey Dickerson hit a three run homer and that’s how the Florida Sea Creatures won. The Magical Land of Cleve is not faring so well right now. Lonnie Chisenhall is still on the DL. Jason Kipnis left the game early because he tweaked his hammy. They could only get a run out of delicious Francisco Lindor truffle’s double. Rough stuff. But Jay Bruce, newly acquired from the Mets, made it to the stadium just in time to pinch hit for someone. Maybe he’ll be the straw that stirs the drink in Cleveland?
Astros 2, White Sox 3 F/11 – Scouts: Oh Houston. It’s a great thing you have built up a huge lead in a terrible division, because man you’ve blown some easy wins lately. Ken Giles blew the save in the 9th, giving up a solo homer to Yoan Moncada, who then walked it off with a single in the 11th.
Twins 7, Brewers 2 – Scouts: Three in the second and three in the third and this game was done. The Twins are riding a 5 game win streak as Milwaukee continues to take a nose dive. It’s not too late for the Brew crew, but they are going to have to turn things around quick.