Prof: Today’s musical selection (from me) is the frothiest of bubblegum pop. But I like the beat and it makes me happy.
Rangers 3, Angels 0 – Scouts: Drew Robinson hit a two run and Mike Napoli added a solo shot while Martin Perez went 7 strong innings.
Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2 – Prof: Guys. I’m so sad. Someone hug me. Michael Conforto is injured and will probably be out most of the next season, not to mention this one. His shoulder. I don’t think I can blame the Mets for this one, but then again, why not? We, as human beings, can’t have anything nice, I swear. First, the thiccccccc goodness of a Big Buckin’ Chicken (purely aesthetic) and now that small potato who can ball like nobody’s business. Baseball breaks your heart, y’all. Anyway, for the Gritty Snakes, Robbie Ray gets his first W since he took that smack in the noggin. Good for him.
Marlins 9, Phillies 8 – Scouts: Stanton jacked number 47. More stuff happened, but really do we care?
Yankees 6, Tigers 10 – Prof: WHEW. This was an epic brawl. A throwdown of WWE proportions. Scouty wrote about it a little bit, so I am not going to rehash it, other to say that this was a hot ass mess, and look at how cute David Robertson was coming in from the bullpen:
“Here I come to save the daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!” – Mighty Mouse, or David Robertson?
Nationals 5, Astros 4 F/11 – Scouts: Houston scored three in the final two innings to tie, then gave up 2 in the 11th, and still came just a run shy of tying a second time. Really tough fought game, it’s a shame someone had to lose.
Twins 1, White Sox 5 – Scouts: Come on Minnesota, these are the games you really gotta win. Derek Holland shut the team down, holding them only to a solo homer by Byron Buxton.
Blue Jays 0, Rays 2 – Prof: Kevin Kiermaier is more than just very pretty blue eyes, friends. He’s also a run killer. This guy has a rockin’ awesome glove and he proved it again last night, snagging two sure things in the fifth inning to help the Rays maintain their lead.
Rockies 3, Royals 2 – Scouts: Pat Valaika (Say that three times fast) mashed a two run shot in the 8th to put the Rockies up for good in what is shaping up to be an absolutely excellent series between two potential playoff teams.
Dodgers 5, Pirates 2 – Prof: Poor Rich Hill is probably crying looking at this box score. Wondering where these runs were when he desperately needed them. “Why did you forsake me?” he said weeping into a rally towel when the Grandy Man, Yasmani Grandal and Adrian Gonzalez all hit homers in this game against Pittsburgh. LA is now at 90-36. Wow.
Red Sox 6, Indians 13 – Prof: You can’t keep a good team down. And folks, Cleveland is a good team. I know they’ve had their ups and downs this season, but they are still very much the same group that fought tooth and nail in last year’s World Series, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were representing the American League again this year. To pull out a win again your probable AL Cy Young winner Chris Sale is huge, and for the Magical Land of Cleve, who has a lot of their quality hitters on the DL? This is even bigger. Really good stuff from two teams I expect to see duking it out in the playoffs.
Cubs 2, Reds 4 – Scouts: The Reds got a bases-loaded ground-rule double off pinch-hitter Jose Peraza in the 8th. Then Pedro Strop threw a ball away allowing a bonus run to plate.
Padres 4, Cardinals 3 – Prof: Rough days for the Redbirds, who lost not only this game again San Diego, but also custody of the Rally Cat. You know what? Good! They were going to make that poor kitty live in the dugout at Busch Stadium! Excuse me? When Milwaukee found and rescued Hank the Dog, they cleaned him up, let him make special appearances at Miller Park, but ultimately found him a home with a caring club employee. They didn’t build a damn kennel and expect him to live at the ballpark! Sorry, that just ticks me off. I love cats (duh) and to think that a team was going to make a little fluffer-nutter live in a DUGOUT is beyond the pale to me. Hell, let Randal Grichuk take him home or something. Grichuk is one of the few guys actually doing something for St. Louis these days, might as well get a furry creature out of the deal. Grichuk went 1-4 but that one was a dinger.