Prof: Editorial note, for the next couple of days both Scout and I will have some craziness going on, so if the next couple of recaps posts are a little thin, you’ll know why.
Cardinals 10, Brewers 2 – Prof: Whew! Man, the Brewers are getting cold and the Redbirds are getting hot right at the wrong times. (Your mileage may vary.) While Matt Garza coughed it up pretty badly, he did have a pretty sweet play off the mound, which I will show you:
That was, of course, before everything went to poo. It was pretty much small ball except for a dinger from Matt Carpenter.
White Sox 4, Twins 6 – Scouts: Jorge Polanco hit them from both sides of the plate giving Ervin Santana some room to work. Santana completed a undefeated month and is helping the Twins hold on for dear life.
Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 7 – Scouts: Rich Hill, fresh off that amazing no hitter got rocked around early, giving up 5 in the first inning. LA attempted a comeback with 1 in the 8th and another in the 9th, but it was just too deep a hole to climb out from.
Athletics 2, Angels 8 – Scouts: CJ Cron’s 3 run homer finished off a 5 run first for the Angels who cruised onto victory.
Giants 3, Padres 6 – Scouts: The Padres got homers out of Manual Margot and Jabari Blash to chase Matt Moore to his 13th loss on the season.
Mariners 0, Orioles 4 – Prof: Props to Dylan Bundy, who threw a one hit complete game! He fanned twelve, and here’s a stat that longtime readers of this blog know will warm the cold dark depths of my heart:
MOOSE. MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE. Anyway, Manny Machado hit a bunch of home runs and was also generally awesome, but this game rightfully belonged to Dylan Bundy.
Rays 2, Royals 6 – Prof: OH MY GOD THE ROYALS SCORED!?!?! A guy named Whit Merrifield (!?!?) hit a home run in the third inning to break a scoreless drought of 45 innings for Kansas City. You read that right – 45 INNINGS! Holy cats, Batman! And that homer felt so good, you know they had to have more of them. Jorge Bonifacio and Eric Hosmer joined in the fun, and the Royals won at home for the first time since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Tigers 3, Rockies 7 – Scouts: Nolan Arenado, the second best third baseman in the league (I kid, I kid.) smacked a three-run homer in the 7th for his 30th on the season.
Marlins 3, Nationals 8 – Prof: Lord have mercy on us all. Giancarlo Stanton is our new baseball overlord and I, for one, welcome him. The Iron Giant tied a MLB record by hitting his 18th home run in the month of August, and now has 51 for the season. Holy cats. Even with Stanton’s awesome deeds, it was hard to stop Washington. The Treat Urner is back, and Anthony Rendon hit a three run double after the bullpen tried to do Nats bullpen things.
Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0 – Scouts: Chris Sale bounced back from two consecutive losses by striking out 11 over 7 and giving up just 3 hits. Sale is now the fastest player to reach 1,500 strikeouts. Even with Sale’s performance the Jays had a good shot at winning this one, as Brett Anderson surrendered just one run over 5.2 and the Jays had a bases loaded situation in the 8th.
Mets 4, Reds 14 – Prof: Oh my god, this was bad. It started bad, it ended bad. Cincinnati came out of the gate with five runs, hit two more in the middle of the game, and then ended on a high note with seven in the eighth inning. To add insult to injury the Mets committed three errors. Name a Reds hitter and he probably scored a run, but Zack Cozart and my boy Scooter Gennett were especially effective.
Pirates 1, Cubs 4 – Scouts: Jake Arrieta and Chad Kuhl dueled it out for 5 strong innings before the damn finally broke and Chicago busted out for three runs, starting with a Ben Zobrist home run.
Rangers 12, Astros 2 (at the Trop) – Prof: A rough night for the Astros, whose hearts weren’t really in the ballgame. Even Astros manager A.J. Finch admitted as much in an interview – he wished that he could be back in Houston helping folks who were still struggling to survive in the massive floods. Thanks to the kind folks in charge of the Rays organization, who opened their homes to the Astros and let the Trop act as Minute Maid Park in a Can for this series. And while there were only about 3500 folks at the game, it was very much full of that fighting Texas spirit. Good on ya, Rays. As far as the game went, Adrian Beltre passed Ernie Banks on the all time RBI list and Joey Gallo hit a two run homer, because Joey Gallo.
Indians, Yankees & Braves, Phillies – PPD To be Made Up Aug 30th.