Prof: Sorry I’m not too chatty; had a thing last night and an early thing today. I leave most of the recap in Scout’s hands today and will return to my usual verboseness tomorrow.
Tigers 3, Indians 5 – Prof: WE MUST BE OVER THE RAINBOW. THE MAGICAL LAND OF CLEVE! It’s BEAUTIFUL!
Cleveland now outright owns the AL record for consecutive wins. They have 21. Their win streak can legally drink now.
Yankees 3, Rays 2 (at Citi Field) – Scouts: This one was a real team effort as the bullpen had to hold onto a 3-1 lead for 4.1 tough innings.
White Sox 5, Royals 3 – Scouts: Chicago came up big in the top of the 9th scoring the two winning runs on a Jose Abreu sacrifice fly and a Avisail Garcia single. The rally answered a rally of the Royals just a half inning prior.
A’s 7, Red Sox 3 – Scouts: Doug Fister got lit up right away, giving up 4 in the first and two more in the third. The loss really hurt as the Sox watched their division lead drop to just three games over the Yankees.
Marlins 1, Phillies 8 – Prof: The Phillies might be relatively horrible but they do have one thing that other teams wish they had, and that’s rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins. First of all, this guy hits home runs like nobody’s business. This young man has played in 33 games. He has 17 home runs. This is a major league record. How many will he end up with? Secondly, the kid is confident and still very level headed. It’s great. Lastly, he’s adorbs and I don’t say that lightly. A child, yes, but an adorable one.
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1 – Scouts: The O’s ended a 6 game losing streak that couldn’t have come at the worst possible time. The losing streak probably cost them any shot at the post season not that they really deserved to go anyways. Kevin Gausman held on to a early 2-0 lead, out dueling Marcus Stroman over 7 strong innings.
Mets 5, Cubs 17 – Prof: M-tt H-rv-y went 3.1 innings and coughed up five earned runs to Chicago. His ERA is now over six. Oh, how the Dark Knight has fallen. There aren’t many I dislike as much. To be honest, I actually saw him pitch in person once. It didn’t impress me at all. I forgot all about it until someone reminded me that he was the starter at a game I went to. And normally I remember all the starters at games I went to. For goodness sake, I remember a really terrible Cubs/Reds game, and the starters were Bronson Arroyo and Chris Rusin. Yuck! But I don’t remember a damn thing about H-rv-y. Anyway, this overrated dude just sucked hardcore, but he wasn’t alone. The Mets bullpen was just as bad, if not worse. Jacob Rhame was in particularly horrible. Reading the scoring summary on this game is basically just re-reading the entire Cubs lineup over and over again.
Mariners 8, Rangers 1 – Scouts: Mike Zunino hit a pair of home runs and just like that the M’s are right back in this wild card race thingy. A lot of people hate on the second wild card spot, but it sure keeps a lot more teams into things at this point in the season.
Pirates 2, Brewers 8 – Prof: Another Brewers pitcher gets to double digit wins. This time, the victor is Chase Anderson. Good job, man. Player of the game for Milwaukee was Brett Maverick Phillips, he of the greatest laugh in the history of the Brewers, who hit two singles to drive in some runs and also scored on a wild pitch.
Padres 1, Twins 3 F/10 – Scouts: A pitchers duel sent this one into extras where Eddie Rosario sent Twins faithful home with a smile by smacking a two-run walk-off and allowing the Twins to hold a tight grasp on the second wild card spot.
Reds 6, Cardinals 0 – Prof: Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam to help elevate Cincinnati above the Redbirds.
Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 8 – Scouts: A.J. Pollock went 3-4 with a homer and 4 of Arizona’s RBI’s. The loss snapped a 6 game winning streak for Colorado and increased Arizona’s lead for the top wild card spot to 4 games.
Dodgers 4, Giants 1 – Scouts: Hey look at that! The Dodgers have won two games in a row! Win one more and that’s called a w-i-nning streak!
Astros 1, Angels 9 – Scouts: Tough loss for the Astros who watched starter Mike Fiers give up 8 runs on 10 hits over 3.2 innings. The offense didn’t do them any favors either scoring just a single garbage time run in the 8th.
Braves 8, Nationals 2 – Prof: Oh boy. Oh boy! The Braves brought out an impossibly young guy for his second MLB start, against the mighty Max Scherzer…. AND THEY WON! In grand fashion! Atlanta smacked seven off of Mad Max and lived to tell the tale! I can’t believe it, to be honest. And it wasn’t even because of Nats killer Freddie Freeman. No. It was Civil War General Dansby Swanson and old man Matt Kemp who did the damage. Kemp had a grand slam. OFF MAX SCHERZER! I’m sorry, you guys, I just can’t believe it.