A few days ago a young child was seriously injured in Yankee Stadium when a hard line drive struck her in the face. This was after the Yankees have for years refused to extend safety netting that would in zero way impact fan views of the game. Just yesterday the Reds, Padres, Mariners, and Rockies announced plans to expand protective netting. While yes, part of the fault is on families to ensure they are not only aways aware of their surroundings, and to ensure that small children are sitting in safer seating, part of the onus here is on the teams who have had easy, relatively cheap solutions for years, and failed to act. MLB has always been incredibly slow to act in matters of safety, refusing to adapt to the time, stuck in the old way of doing things, and it’s about time for all of that to change.
Twins 12, Tigers 1 – Prof: Who to please, Spartan or Happy? Sorry, Sparty, but Happy is my bro and Minneapolis went double digits, and they did it all without a home run, so of course I’m gonna talk about that. T.C. Bear and Company now lead the AL Wild Card by 2 1/2 games! Holy cats. Paul Molitor is doing good work this season.
Cubs 5, Brewers 3 F/10 – Scouts: Ouch, this one really hurt. After rallying for a run in each the 7th and 8th innings to take a 3-2 lead, the Brew Crew blew it in the 9th when Javier Baez, down the to the Cub’s final strike laced a RBI single to tie the game. Kris Bryant then stepped up in the 10th to smash a two-run homer and maybe it just isn’t Milwaukee’s year after all.
White Sox 3, Astros 1 – Scouts: All signs pointed to a easy Houston victory. They had their ace Dallas Keuchel going up against a rookie who left the game in the first due to a blister on his finger. They were on a 6 game winning streak and facing a not very good White Sot team. But that’s why you only bet with house money.
Rockies 0, Padres 3 – Scouts: Yet another playoff team is faltering as we enter the final stretch of the season. These are the games you just have to win if you are Colorado, who have now dropped 4 straight.
Dodgers 5, Phillies 4 – Prof: The Dodgers won! Sad that it’s news now that one of the best, winningest teams in all of baseball have stunk so much lately. Los Angeles ends a four game losing streak by being just better than the lowly Philadelphia Phillies.
Indians 4, Angels 1 – Prof: Cleveland was able to complete a sweep of the Angels. These boys love to streak. Delicious Francisco Lindor Truffle hit a three run homer in the fifth inning to cap it.
Rays 1, Orioles 3 – Prof: One never knows what they are going to get when the Baltimore Orioles take the field. Ynoa what I mean? (I’m sorry, fam. I’ll see myself out now.) Anyway, Gabriel Ynoa pitched eight really good innings and Manny Machado hit a two run dinger to gain the win.
Royals 1, Blue Jays 0 – Prof: Hard to believe that after such a butt kicking on Wednesday, the Royals could only be able to score one run. But one was all they needed, as Jason Vargas and a rested bullpen shutout the Blue Jays. Former Braves great Mike Minor gets the save!
Cardinals 8, Reds 5 – Scouts: The win coupled with both Milwaukee and Colorado’s recent stumbling and bumbling brings the Cards to just a game and a half back of the last Wild Card spot.
Nationals 2, Braves 3 –Prof: The best among us will rise to the occasion. Even when you are getting old, and your best really isn’t all that great anymore, sometimes you’ll find that strength within and remind people of what you’re capable of. R.A. Dickey isn’t what he used to be, but he reminded us of what makes him an interesting and compelling figure in modern baseball, with a sharp knuckler that confused and confounded the Nats for eight innings. The Nats tried it, but Arodys Vizcaino was able to redeem himself from a blown save the other night by retiring the side. It appeared that in the ninth, Nobody Beat the Viz. (MORE PUNS. ALL THE PUNS.)
Rangers 4, Mariners 2 – Scouts: See, now this is how you fight for a Wild Card spot! The Rangers win yet again, this time off a very strong performance by Cole Hamels, who allowed just one run in 7 innings. Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre hit homers as Texas completed the sweep.