Prof: I am not really a big Taylor Swift fan, but this version of Bad Blood is a STRAIGHT BANGER, YO. Mostly because it’s a Kendrick Lamar song where she’s featuring. Here for it. I’m sure you’ll see a pattern in the music I’ve chosen for today’s recap. Hope you all have a good weekend.
Scouts: – Dustin Pedroia says that stealing signs is part of the game and it’s no big deal. (Actually it’s against the rules in several ways and it’s called cheating but who gives a shit about a silly thing like cheating.) I think this is a particularly hilarious take for a player and a team who decided to attempt to end the career of a player who slide a little far into one of their own a few months back, and they decided to be gigantic babies about it. Man, the Red Sox sure are doing a pretty good job getting me to actively root against them.
Marlins 5, Braves 6 – Prof: The Marlins start a fortuitous road trip away from Miami-Dade, and their hosts, the Atlanta Braves, made a generous gesture during this game. Anyone evacuating from Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina because of Hurricane Irma could get into SunTrust Park for free to watch the game. I know that it might not mean a lot in the scheme of things, but for people who are scared and nervous and away from home, a few hours of hospitality and entertainment is actually very important. So a round of applause to the Braves organization for this show of brotherhood and humanity. As far as the game goes, the Marlins was going to win on the road, too, but Kurt Suzuki had something to say about that. Suzuki capped a wild ninth inning for Atlanta by hitting a line drive to win the game. Probably didn’t help that the Feesh had intentionally walked Freddie Freeman, who legged it on home. Also, a tip o’ the cap to our friend SomeGuy, who reported in yesterday’s comments that my boy, the Big Buckin’ Chicken, might be activated from the DL tomorrow. Oh, heck yeah. Momma likes.
Cardinals 0, Padres 3 – Scouts: Clayton Richard threw 6 shutout innings, Wil Myers hit a two-run homer, and the Padres shut out the Cards lost ground after both the Cubs and Rockies won above them.
Rockies 9, Dodgers 1 – Scouts: Holy shit the Dodgers just keep losing. They are on a 7 game losing streak and are 1 for their last 14. And they still have a 10 game lead in the division. LA has some time, but the one time impossible to lose juggernaut is suddenly looking incredibly average.
Cubs 8, Pirates 2 – Prof: Chicago’s bats finally woke up. Albert Almora Jr had a two run bomb, young Ian Happ had three hits and also a clutch play – throwing out Jordy Mercer at home, and Javy Baez and Jason Heyward had back to back RBI singles in the fifth inning to clinch the W for the Cubs.
Reds 2, Mets 7 – Prof: The player of the game for New York was rookie Brandon Nimmo, who hit two home runs. Juan Lagares also crushed one, and together they helped elevate M-tt H-rv-y to the win.
Indians 11, White Sox 2 – Prof: WINDIANS is what the Magical Land of Cleve has on their Twitter profile, and that’s appropriate, because they have been rolling to fifteen straight wins. FIFTEEN. FIFTEEN!
I’m sorry, I just had to. FIFTEEN! The Klubot had another strong outing, striking out thirteen in seven. The Boys of Cleve also had five dingers in this game.
Twins 4, Royals 2 – Scouts: Triple runs in the 9th secured the go from behind win for the Twinnies. Brian Dozier tied it with a sac fly and Jorge Polanco singled in the winning pair.
Yankees 9, Orioles 1 – Scouts: I mean it’s not like a game against a division leader with the playoffs bearing down on you actually MEANS anything. Good going O’s. Really. Kevin Gausman looked terribly terrible once more and the O’s hop on a flight to go visit 15 in a row Cleveland. I’m sure that’ll end well. Once they are swept in Cleveland, it’ll be curtains for them and Baltimore will all turn toward the impending Football season.
Phillies 3, Nationals 4 – Prof: With this win, the Nats magic number is four. And they’ve officially taken the Braves out of the NL East playoff race (not that they were gonna make it, but the dream is officially dead). Adam Lind had an RBI and the Treat Urner had a two run single in the sixth inning.