Prof: Did y’all get to see yesterday’s eclipse with your own (hopefully protected) eyes? I did! It was pretty dang cool. Now, it wasn’t as awesome as it was where I used to live in Cheeselandia, where there was almost 100% blackout (darn it), but still, the Crabby Area of the World that I live in currently was at about 80% and that was still a sight to behold. I saw photos of Clark the Cub and Mr. Met with their adoring fans watching the celestial happenings, which I thought was pretty cool. Also, lots of minor league teams got into the fun as well, watching the eclipse while stretching on the field. All in all, a neat day. Let’s talk about some scores!
Dodgers 6, Pirates 5 F/12 – Scouts: Yasiel Puig, the sometime villian played the hero with a home run in the 12th that won it for the Dodgers. Curtis Granderson gave the Pirates a fighting chance with a Grand Slam in the 7th, but you can’t stop the beast, you can only hope to contain them.
Red Sox 4, Indians 5 – Scouts: A sac bunt in the 9th turned into a walk-off error after Buck Holt double clutched then threw the ball away. Whoops. Andrew Miller left the game with a knee injury after facing just a single batter.
Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2 F/10 – Prof: LOL Mets. This game went extra innings, and even though Michael Conforto tried, bless him, the Mets couldn’t get it done. The Gritty Snakes had two runs in the 10th inning to get them over, thanks to an AJ Pollock homer.
Mariners 6, Braves 5 – Prof: Ouch. This one hurt. Even though Seattle had four errors on the day as opposed to Atlanta’s one error, and the Mariners had 9 hits as opposed to the Braves’ 12, they still beat the home team by one run. And who was the guy who pushed the dagger in? Former Braves prospect Andrew Albers. OUCH. Rough night for young Folty, who is still very much green, but this is bad news because as of the moment his ERA is hovering around 5. O-U-C-H.
Twins 6, White Sox 7 (Game 1) – Scouts: Down 7-1 the Twins started to rally with a run in the 6th, 7th and three in the 8th, but came up just short against the southies.
Twins 10, White Sox 2 (Game 2) – Scouts: The offensive outburst the Twins started in the previous game carried over in a big way including a 6 run second inning. The White Sox managed just two runs on three hits in the nightcap.
Rangers 5, Angels 3 – Scouts: Adrian Beltre went three run boom and Cole Hamels got stingy with the Angels.
Brewers 2, Giants 0 – Scouts: Rookie Chris Stratton has pitched 12.2 consecutive innings without allowing a run by just shutting down the Brewers. The win was the first home shutout of the season for the Giants.
Athletics 3, Orioles 7 – Prof: A big, and important, win for Baltimore to keep them sniffing at a Wild Card playoff berth. The O’s are I think about four games back of the Wild Card, and if they get hot, they can pull it off. But it depends on guys like Adam Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Mark Trumbo, and Zach Britton. Jones hit two home runs, Schoop hit one, Trumbo hit a sac fly to bring Jones in and Zach Britton saved the game with another fine performance.