Prof: Today’s musical selections are cover songs that most people don’t realize are actually covers. If you know the original artist, put it in the comments. (I, of course, know them.) I hope you enjoy these!
Cardinals 3, Pirates 6 – Prof: This was the Little League Classic! They played this game in Williamsport, PA, home of the Little League World Series. Pretty cool deal; the Little Leaguers who are currently playing the LLWS were able to attend the game and sit in the front rows. They also got to hang out with Cardinals and Pirates players, get photos, autographs, and talk to their heroes. And to honor the youth game, and the spirit of fair play that ought to reside in all of us, Pittsburgh and St. Louis shook hands after the game. Honestly, I would love to see this more often in regular old games. Hockey does it, basketball does it (for the most part), football does it. Heck, even NASCAR does it for the most part. Baseball just heads back to their clubhouse. While I understand why you’d do it, it just seems like the gentlemanly thing to do. Anyway, the game itself wasn’t too special. Adam Frazier and Josh Bell both homered for the Pirates.
Dodgers 1, Tigers 6 – Prof: This started out really cool. First things first, this weekend the Dodgers picked up the services of one Curtis Granderson from the New York Mets for what amounts to a ham sandwich and cash considerations. So Mets gon’ Met. Anyway, back to the game at hand. The first five innings we had no hitters. No hitters from both Justin Verlander and Kenta Maeda. What sort of sorcery is this? Man, I am telling you, that’s exciting. (Side note – I once had a dude tell me that he knew I was a real baseball fan because I thought that no hitters were freaking amazing. I’m like, um, yeah? Because they f’n are?) Anyway, it all broke open in the sixth for Los Tiggers, who hit four runs and gave Verlander a nice little cushion.
Mariners 0, Rays 3 – Scouts: Blake Snell pitched an absolute gem, giving up just 2 hits over 7 innings.
Reds 1, Braves 8 – Prof: YES! We had ourselves a defensive pitcher on the mound and friends, lemme tell ya. I love that stuff so much. Who was it, you ask? Why, it was young Atlanta rookie Sean Newcomb, who chased down a grounder from Adam Duvall and threw it to my main man F.C. Freeman for the out. Aw yeah. good stuff. On the offensive end, Tyler Flowers hit a grand slam and broke it open for the Braves.
Diamondbacks 5, Twins 12 – Prof: Whew! I think Happy was neck deep in some ice cream last night, right? LOL Let me break this down for you, because this was wild: There was a 52 pitch first inning. You read that right. Minneapolis lead by nine, in the first inning. Yes! That’s not a misprint! Basically it was all over but the shouting for Bartolo Colon, who did something super cool – with this win, Bart has now beat every single team at least once in his career. He’s only the 18th pitcher all time to do so.
Angels 5, Orioles 4 – Scouts: The Orioles celebrated the 25th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards this weekend (More on that later), and Manny Machado celebrated Friday night with 3 home runs including a walk off grand slam. Then the team sleep walked through Saturday and Sundays games.
Athletics 3, Astros 2 – Scouts: The A’s beat the ‘Stros for the 3rd time in 22 attempts, and it was mostly the ‘Stros fault for giving away a pair of runs on errors in what was the most littlest league of plays.
Indians 4, Royals 7 – Prof: Oh man! The Magical Land of Cleve wasn’t so magical against Kansas City yesterday, who beat Cleveland with a roster full of bench riders. Not a knock on the Royals, just stating facts – these guys were all pretty much back ups of backups. I mean, Hosmer, Moose, and Cain all played, but that was pretty much it.
Marlins 6, Mets 4 – Prof: The Iron Giant hit his 45th homer of the season. And it came off a boneheaded move from the Mets that left Jacob deGrom flustered and boom! Easy pickins for Stanton.
Blue Jays 5, Cubs 6 F/10 – Scouts: Toronto took a 2 run lead in the 10th, so the Cubs just went out there and scored three to walk it off off.
White Sox 3, Rangers 2 – Scouts: Miguel Gonzalez held the Rangers to 4 hits over 6 innings and the bullpen held the shutout to the 9th, where the Rangers threatened with a pair of runs. However Juan Minaya was able to stop the bleeding.
Brewers 8, Rockies 4 – Prof: Chase Anderson’s first game off the DL and he gets a W. Now, it was a rough one, but the Brewers did enough and the Rockies didn’t. Colorado had four errors in this game. Yikes! Able Knebel now owns the Milwaukee franchise record for most strikeouts in a season by a reliever. He has 99 right now.
Phillies 5, Giants 2 – Prof: Psst. Hey. You. Yeah, you reading this. Wanna know something I never thought I’d ever type in my blogging career? It’s this: THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ARE DEAD LAST IN THE NL WEST AND VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED FROM THE PLAYOFFS. What? WHAT? What’s even better? MadBum got another no decision. Keep playing crappy when he’s on the mound so he won’t get any more wins for the season. Yes, I’m petty. I don’t care.
Nationals 4, Padres 1 – Scouts: Gio Gonzalez allowed only an unearned run as the Harper-less Nats cruised past the Padres.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 5 – Scouts: The Yankees lost a second consecutive series to the Red Sox and fall to 5 games back in the division. Rick Porcello is now 8-14 and Sonny Grey can’t seem to get it going for New York. Grey is now 1-3 with a 3.13 ERA for the Bronx Bombers.