Prof: Happy Thursday, everyone. The end of the week is almost in sight! It’s been a while since we had some good hip hop, so I’m bumping some Outkast for us this morning. Let’s get the blood pumping and get some baseball in our brains.
Diamondbacks 13, Padres 7 – Scouts: Do you like home runs? I hope you like home runs? The two teams combined to hit 9 home runs last night. (And no I’m not listing them all.) The two starting pitchers combined to give up 11 runs on 11 hits over 9.2 innings.
Red Sox 9, Orioles 0 – Prof: Chris Sale is now the proud owner of 300 Ks in a season after he struck out thirteen Orioles last night. Sale is the first pitcher to accomplish this in nearly 20 years. Unlike last night, the Oriole pitcher (Wade Miley) didn’t have a good outing, and the offense didn’t do him any favors, either.
Brewers 4, Pirates 6 – Prof: No, no, Milwaukee, this isn’t how you get anywhere. See, the deal is that YOU win games and the Rockies LOSE them, and then you can get the NL Wild Card berth. This was a walk off homer from Adam Frazier that did them in. Unusual that Corey Knebel coughed one up, but he is human, after all.
Dodgers 5, Phillies 7 – Scouts: The Dodgers have now lost their third in a row against Philly, and 20 of their last 25. Is it time to start to panic yet? Because I’m kind of feeling in the mood to panic.
Royals 15, Blue Jays 5 – Prof: Mike Moustakas is now the Royals’ single season home run record holder. The Moose has hit his 37th of the year. He also came within a triple of going for the cycle, so a big night for him. It was a big night all the way around for Kansas City, who completely dominated Toronto at The Rogers Centre.
Cardinals 9, Reds 2 – Prof: Dexter Fowler has now hit a homer in the last three games. That’s a pretty cool streak! St. Louis also had mashed taters from Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong. Another cool streak belongs to rookie pitcher Luke Weaver, who now has seven straight wins, which is the longest active streak in the majors.
Cubs 1, Rays 8 – Scouts: Jon Lester gave up 7 runs on 8 hits over 4.1 innings. The Rays are now 4 games back of the Twins for the final Wild Card spot headed into a four game set with the lowly Baltimore Orioles.
Nationals 7, Braves 3 – Prof: Am I surprised at the outcome of this game? Nope. I hope this is the lame duck suckiness of Brian Snitker. Please, please, let him go away after the season ends. Speaking of suck, that’s what the Braves have done in September for years now. They like to collapse at this time of the year. Washington scored six in the eighth inning to come back and grab that curly W. It doesn’t hurt that the Nats are trying to get into a playoff groove. Easy to do against this bunch.
White Sox 3, Astros 4 – Scouts: Houston is peaking at just about the right time, winning their 6th in a row after getting 6 strong innings out of Brad Peacock.
Twins 3, Yankees 11 – Prof: This game was full of drama. Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge hit back to back homers, but the most important thing that occurred was when Todd Frazier had a foul ball fly into the stands, where it hit a small child. The little girl was taken by stretcher to the hospital. Seeing footage of Frazier, along with other players, clearly horrified and worried about the little kid, was very sad. As of this writing, the Yankees have released a statement that the little girl is in stable condition, so that’s a good thing.
Athletics 3, Tigers 2 – Scouts: Sorry Spartan, gotta get back to business. Oakland took a 3-0 lead into the 9th, then attempted to blow it. Alex Presley struck out with the tying run on second.
Mets 2, Marlins 9 – Prof: Giancarlo Stanton has now hit 56 home runs this season. Holy cats! Not only did the Iron Giant hit this massive dinger, he also drove in three runs to boot. Did y’all know that Jose Urena has quietly won 14 games this year? I didn’t. Marcell the Damned had two RBI singles, and my dude Justin Bour had a two run homer as well.
Rockies 0, Giants 4 – Prof: The Rockies are currently in the lead to grab that second NL Wild Card berth, but if they keep playing like this, they won’t have it much longer. Colorado lost to the horrible, no good in-last-place San Francisco Giants, and have lost three in a row. Otherwise, this game was pretty boring to be honest.
Indians 6, Angels 5 – Scouts: I’m not sure if there is a better team in Baseball right now than the Indians. They just keep on winning and are doing so against pretty good teams. Francisco Liindor was the difference maker here with a 7th inning home run which broke the tie and allowed Cleveland’s bullpen to hold off the Angels for the remainder.
Rangers 8, Mariners 6 – Scouts: Roughned Odor hit a grand slam in the forth that pretty much sealed the game for the Rangers. Seattle made a valiant effort to come back, but it was just a little too much. Texas is now just 2.5 games back of Minnesota for the final spot.