Prof: What ho, friends? I biffed off work early yesterday, went straight away home and slept fitfully for an hour, then woke up, then promptly went to sleep again for another hour, then woke up again, then slept for about two hours before waking once more. After I’m finished with this write up, I will try to sleep again. Insomnia is the devil, I do not recommend it to anyone. So if I seem a bit somnambulist today, I apologize.
Rangers 7, Angels 5 – Scouts: Adrian Beltre went deep twice as the Rangers pulled within two games of the second Wild Card Spot. It’s gonna get really fun as there are currently 7 teams within 5 games of that spot, 4 within 2.
Athletics 7, Orioles 8 F/12 – Scouts: The O’s got the win off a walk-off homer by Manny Machado, but sadly Zach Britton’s consecutive save streak has ended at 60 which is still a AL record, but 24 games shy of Eric Gagne’s MLB record. To be honest, I think I’d rather have the streak still going than the win.
Brewers 2, Giants 4 – Prof: Oh no baby, what is you doin’? Losing to the Giants? Oh no. Matt Garza is not to blame for this loss, no – it’s more on Milwaukee’s inability to generate runs than anything else. Bats are a little cool these days.
Marlins 0, Phillies 8 – Prof: Oh no baby, what is you doin’ part two? How can you get stomped by the Phillies? Our Feesh correspondent Old Gator did mention in a previous missive that with good pitching, the Phillies could be a threat in the future, and it’s because of guys like Rhys Hoskins. The rookie sensation did not disappoint again, hitting a home run and driving in five runs in this lopsided victory.
Dodgers 0, Pirates 1 F/10 – Prof: Poor Rich Hill. Has the absolute best outing of his entire life, and gets Harvey Haddix’d. If I were him, I’d be ticked off at my coworkers for not getting a damn run at least once. If not for that, he wouldn’t have had to go out there in the tenth inning and Hill would be the above the fold hero of the day.
Red Sox 6, Indians 1 – Prof: Oof. Well, I guess Corey Kluber is actually human. The Red Sox were able to exploit a bad night for the Klubot and also a weakened Land of Cleve batting order to get a much needed win for a team that isn’t too far out of the playoff hunt. The Disabled List of Cleve is chock full, as Jason Kipnis is once again on the 10-day, while Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, and Lonnie Chisenhall are also pretty banged up.
Yankees 10, Tigers 2 – Scouts: Aaron Judge begins a new strike out streak! Okay, that’s not really the big story line here. Ronald Torreyes went 4-4 and Gary Sanchez went 2-5 with 3 RBI and a homer as Jordan Zimmerman got absolutely rocked.
Cubs 9, Reds 3 – Scouts: Kyle Schwarber blasted a 3 run shot and Tommy La Stella followed up with a homer as the Cubs rolled right over the Reds for their 5th consecutive win. The Cubs now hold a 3.5 game lead over the Brewers who just can’t get it together.
Diamondbacks 3, Mets 4 – Prof: No Flex(en) Zone! New York brought out a young guy to help their struggling rotation get some needed relief, and Chris Flexen was able to do just that. This was his sixth MLB start, and he got the win while helping lead New York to end a three game losing streak. On the Gritty Snakes side, they are only a half game ahead of the Rockies in the Wild Card race.
Twins 3, White Sox 4 – Scouts: Minnesota blew this one big time, allowing a run in the 8th, and a walk-off single in the 9th to the lowly White Sox. These are the games you really gotta win when you are scraping it out for the playoffs.
Nationals 1, Astros 6 – Prof: A day after the Nats won their ninth straight against the ‘stros, Houston got a little bit of their back and hit three home runs on their way to a W. One to watch Alex Bregman hit a three run shot, while Jake from State Farm Marisnick and Max Stassi had solo dingers of their own.
Rockies 4, Royals 6 – Scouts: Turns out this is a day of walk-offs as Eric Hosmer smacked a three-run walk-off homer to stun the Rockies.
Padres 2, Cardinals 6 – Scouts: Luke Weaver did some work, filling in for an injured Adam Wainwright. Weaver held the Padres to 3 hits and 10 strikeouts over 7 innings of work.
Blue Jays 7, Rays 6 – Scouts: Not much pitching was had as the two teams combined for 9 home runs. Kevin Pillar’s solo shot in the 8th was the final difference maker for the Blue Jays.
Mariners 9, Braves 6 – Prof: What happened? Jim Johnson happened. This guy blows more saves than the dad in A Christmas Story blows fuses. I know why they keep bringing him out there because the other two relievers are constantly being overworked, but why they keep trotting him out and not one of these young kids for experience I have no idea. JJ got booed by the home crowd when he left the field. I’ve been to Braves games where we cheered an opposing player for being halfway decent, and here they are booing a member of their own team. It’s rough these days. Also, FF5 said that if he were an animal, he’d be a cat, which once again endeared me to his goofy self.