Prof: I really am going through a rough time right now, so if you could see fit to think good thoughts for me, I would appreciate it.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 2 F/10 – Scouts: New York really needed to beat the Red Sox this weekend and came up short. The Sox now have a 5.5 game lead in the division as Aroldis Chapman blew the save in the 9th, then lost the game in the 10th. The Yankees will have to recover against the Mets before heading out to Boston with a chance at redemption.
Giants 4, Nationals 2 (Game 1), Giants 2, Nationals 6 F/11 (Game 2) – Prof: A two-fer at Nats Park because of rain this weekend, and they split the series. Working without the injured Bryce Harper, the Nats were a bit off their game in game one. The Giants won on small ball – sac flies, singles, etc. In the second game, we went into extra innings. This game was notable because once and future Giant Pablo Sandoval hit a home run for San Francisco to tie it up for them. Howie Kendrick hits a grand slam in the eleventh to win.
Pirates 1, Blue Jays 7 – Scouts: The Jays jumped off to a 5 run first inning, powered off the bat of a Josh Donaldson 452-foot homer.
Indians 4, Rays 3 – Prof: Oh man, Corey Kluber is back! I mean, he was already back, from the DL, but he’s really really back. The Klubot is 8-1 with a 1.85 ERA since he came back. And while he wasn’t his sharpest in this game, he did enough to help his cause. And Austin Jackson really helped him out, too; getting a homer in the eighth and snagged a line drive that might have been converted into a run.
Twins 6, Tigers 4 – Scouts: Minnesota came out with a early lead off homers from Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano. Then they allowed Detroit back into it before they shut the door for good with a 2 run 8th.
Rockies 3, Marlins 5 – Prof: Giancarlo Stanton KEEPS MASHING TATERS. PO-TA-TOES. Home run number 42 rocketed off the barrel of his bat and with it, the Feesh swept Colorado. Scary news for the Rox when Nolan Arenado had to leave the game because he was hit by a Vance Worley pitch. He’s okay, but he has a swollen hand. Probably will be out of commission for a few days, but let’s hope he’ll be back soon.
Mets 6, Phillies 2 – Scouts: Curtis Granderson picked up 3 RBI, two of them off a home-run in the 5th.
Royals 14, White Sox 6 – Prof: Woof. Dutchie. Not good. Really not good. The Royals lit Derek Holland up like a Roman Candle. A crazy single from Drew Butera began the rally – a single that turned into a legged out run because of a throwing error. Then we got more singles, and more singles, two home runs before the Sox were able to even get on the board. It was crazy pants.
Reds 4, Brewers 7 – Prof: This is what always happens. I leave a place, and suddenly all kinds of cool stuff comes to town. Like, for example, the Brewers just got Neil Walker. Now, I think my esteem for Neil has been discussed here before, but just in case you didn’t know, I’m a big Neil Walker fan. And now the rest of the Brew Crew will soon become big Neil Walker fans, too, as he showed his solid play and leadership right away for Milwaukee. My boy Scoots Magoots was able to play in front of the Brewers crowd, too, and while he wasn’t able to do much he is still very much beloved by the Milwaukee faithful.
Orioles 3, Athletics 9 – Scouts: The O’s smacked around the A’s Saturday night, so the A’s returned the favor on Sunday. Matt Joyce hit the deciding homer in the 4th, a 3 run shot that the O’s never recovered from. Manny Machado was a double shy of the cycle.
Angels 4, Mariners 2 – Scouts: The Angels are enjoying a 6 game winning streak before a day off and a trip to Washington. Parker Bridwell is making a strong case for Rookie of the Year. Bridwell is now 7-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
Astros 2, Rangers 1 – Prof: Oh, hey, Dallas Keuchel! Nice to see you. The Astros’ ace had a shutout going into the sixth inning, the Little Second Baseman Who Could hit a home run, and the ‘Stros were able to stop their losing streak against the hated Texas Rangers. For the Rangers, Adrian Beltre hit a home run and padded his career hit total. (Eat dirt, Doug Gottlieb. I’m assuming y’all heard about that nonsense.)
Padres 4, Dodgers 6 – Scouts: You might want to sit down for this one. The shock may do some damage to your heart. But the Dodgers won again. Oh and they did it with strong starting pitching, and multiple home-runs.
Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 2 – Scouts: Welcome back to first place Chicago! Thanks to the Braves and a three-run blast by Javier Baez, Jake Arrieta and company were able to dismantle the team from the desert.
Braves 6, Cardinals 3 – Prof: Holy crap, the Braves beat the Cardinals! And now I have a reason to send Brandon Phillips a Christmas card, and not just because he hit a two run homer to help Atlanta win. No, it’s because Dat Dude basically said how much he truly hates the Cardinals in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He literally called them names. Thank you, BP. Thank you.