Sorry for the late post, I am feeling a bit under the weather and just woke up a little bit ago. I suppose it’s appropriate as most of the league had the day off. So away we go!
White Sox, 11 Royals 3 – Scouts: Jose Abreu had four hits, including a RBI triple as part of a big 6 run 6th inning. Jason Hammel never got his footing as he got wacked around early and often.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 4 – Prof: Bless them, the Orioles sure tried, and they got awful close, but the Blue Jays just had a little bit extra. Two home runs, one for each team – Ryan Goins and Mark Trumbo.
Tigers 0, Indians 11 – Prof: Nineteen in a row. This is a wildfire dressed up like a baseball team. And their ace, the android who goes by the name of Corey Kluber, starts tomorrow. Are we looking at twenty straight? In this game, it was over even before the shoutin’. In the second inning alone they scored enough to be demoralizing – five runs. Then the Magical Land of Cleve just piled it on. And it wasn’t even all crushed homers, either; there were a lot of ground outs and sac flies. This is a team built to win. I love it.
Yankees 5, Rays 1 (at Citi Field) – Prof: No good deed goes unpunished. The Rays opened their home to the Astros during Hurricane Harvey, and now the Mets have done the same for the Rays due to Hurricane Irma. Of course, New York is also the hometown of the Yankees, who reside crosstown. So even though this is supposed to be a home game for Tampa, it turns out not to be so homelike after all. All of New York’s runs came in the fifth inning, one of them on the back of an error by Trevor Plouffe.
Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4 – Scouts: This one was all about Nolan Arenado who did it both at the plate and with the glove, notching three hits and four RBI’s, including his 33rd home run. Colorado moves to 4 back of Arizona for the top spot in the Wild Card.
Pirates 7, Brewers 0 – Prof: The NL Central is a hot mess right now, which of course makes it fun. Right now Milwaukee is two games behind Chicago for the division lead. The Brewers welcomed Pittsburgh to town and the Bucs were suddenly up to no good. The Pirates trotted out a rookie pitcher to face up against the Brew Crew – and he won. The Pirates also had some heavy lumber, with Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, and Andrew McCutchen all hitting home runs.
Mariners 3, Rangers 5 – Prof: A win when they needed one most, Texas overtakes Seattle on the strength of two run doubles, and a home run to boot. Cole Hamels pitched six innings and while he gave up three runs, it was still enough to gain the W. The Rangers are currently a game over .500.
Dodgers 6, Giants 8 – Scouts: You know the Dodger’s slump is bad when they are losing to the Giants. Thankfully LA still has about a month before they have to worry, but they are in danger of losing home seeding throughout the playoffs to the Nationals. The Giants started Chris Stratton who left the game after the first batter due to the game’s second weather delay. Kind of seems like both terrible and fantastic decision making there.