He Said, She Said – Scores and Updates for 4/1/18

Scouts: I’m back baby!  Due to a work obligation I was unable to participate in the Opening Day post, (Thank you to Prof for flying solo for me) and due to the holiday weekend, I was unable to help out there.  (Thanks to Happy for doing such great work there.)  But I am now back and ready for action!  So ready to dive into this season that has already seen walk offs, umpire controversy, and unwritten rule beef mela-drama!  Guys and Gals, and Extraterrestrials, we are only four days in, but it looks like we are already in mid-season form!  How exciting!

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 7Prof:  Justin Smoak had a two run homer and a grand slam in the eighth inning to put Toronto over the top of the outrageously talented, ridiculously young New York squad. Guess who got the win? Tyler Clippard! This year is already crazy.


Twins 7, Orioles 0Scouts: Speaking of Mid-Season form, Kevin Gausman gave up 6 runs on 7 hits including a lead-off homer by Brian Dozier.  Unfortunately Brian Dozier has to open his mouth after the game.  Dozier it seems was upset that Oriole’s rookie Chance Sisco bunted against the shift in the 9th instead of I don’t know, rolling over and giving up.  Said bunt lead to a bases loaded rally and actually gave the O’s faithful they would at least go down swinging.  As most people have pointed out, it’s pretty silly for Dozier to be complaining here.  If you want to put on an extreme shift in the 9th, don’t cry your opponent used a counter strategy.  Hopefully some one on the Twins will tell Dozier to drop this and move on so that this doesn’t turn into more unwritten rule bullshit that really has no place in the game.  I hear they have good leadership over there.

CardsLogoCardinals 5, Mets 1 –  Prof: The Birds on the Bat was finally able to defeat the Metropolitans yesterday. Of course it came off at the hands of Steven Matz, a pitcher I actually do like but feel is not really living up to his potential in New York. Paul DeJong hit a homer in the second and eighth innings to help St. Louis avoid a series sweep.

Red Sox 2, Rays 1Scouts: All three of the Red Sox wins have been of the 1 win variety.  I’m not sure if this actually means anything or not, but it’s a pretty cool little tidbit.  This time the Sox chained together 5 pitchers to hold the one run lead.

Indians 4, Mariners 5Prof:  Oof. Hard times in the Magical Land of Cleve (we already know what you’re gonna say, Gator!). It started out well for the Land of Cleve with Trevor Bauer on the bump, but once he sat down and the setup men took over it was goodnight, nurse. According to ESPN Statcast, Tyler Olson ended up with with a 27.00 ERA. Yikes! Edwin Encarnacion had two homers but it was no use, and Cleveland is now in the hole for the year.

Cubs 0, Marlins 6Prof:  So far, it looks like the trade between Milwaukee and Miami has been fruitful for both franchises. Lewis Brinson, the Brewer farmhand who is now a Marlin big leaguer, played his part (along with Derek Dietrich and Brian Anderson, of all people) in this win over Chicago. It didn’t help that Jose Quintana’s season debut wasn’t particularly sharp, either.


Astros 8, Rangers 2Prof: Speaking of former Pirates, Gerrit Cole had a sparkling debut in Houston orange yesterday, fanning eleven batters in seven innings and allowing one run in the defending champion’s win over their interstate rival. El Oso Blanco was a hitting machine, with two doubles and a single which drove in three runs in total. Joey Gallo continues to be one of the few bright spots for Texas, having hit a home run in the first inning (Cole’s only hiccup).

Pirates 1, Tigers 0 (Game 1), Pirates 8, Tigers 6 (Game 2) – Scouts: What a better way to spend Easter Sunday than to play two!  Unfortunately for Tiger faithful it was a long day to watch your team get double dipped.  Michael Fulmer went 8 strong giving up just 4 hits and 1 run, only to watch the Pirates of Penzance shut him out.  Tiger offense woke up in game two, but this time Ryan Carpenter and Buck Farmer couldn’t keep Jack Sparrow’s crew off the board.

Angels 7, Athletics 4 Prof:  Hey, what’s cracking Shohei Ohtani? You showed up pretty big in your major league pitching debut (having previously played DH in an earlier game). Ohtani pitched six innings and only allowed three runs, which is respectable. Mike Trout went 2 of 5, while Jefry Marte and Platinum Glove Forever Brave Andrelton Simmons both went 3-5.


Nationals 6, Reds 5Scouts: And we have a sweep.  In the 9th a Reds fan screamed to the dismay of the 10,335 in attendance towards Bryce Harper to inform him that he was overrated.  Harper then smacked the next pitch over the left-center field wall.  I fully expect when the Nats return home, every fan in attendance will be carrying a overrated sign with a bullseye on it.


Giants 0, Dodgers 9Prof:  Well, my goodness. The Dodgers finally decided to score some runs. Why can’t they score some of these when Clayton Kershaw is pitching? Anyway, Rich Hill is probably happy to have had the cushion even though he really didn’t need it, having gone six straight scoreless innings. Cody Bellinger is LA’s first home run masher of the season.

White Sox, Royals PPD

16 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Scores and Updates for 4/1/18

  1. I was initially peeved at the bunt against the shift. Then I thought about it and figured his job was to get on base, and he did. Like Scout said, they actually ended up mounting a bit of a rally at the end.
    That said, it was nice to see the Twins rebound after the opening day loss. And rebound they did! 13 runs over the next 2 games and the Twins starters were nothing short of fabulous!
    Welcome back Scout!


    1. In the Land of Dozier, only defenses get to adjust. If the kid figured out he could beat the shift, then that is exactly what he should have done.

      Hopefully all this “Unwritten Rules” stuff gets slapped down pretty quickly.

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    2. I was only able to watch the first inning. How did Berrio’s breaking stuff look. 3 hit complete game shutout – are we watching the emergence of a genuine ace?

      Do you have your parka ready for Thursday? The forecast is 5 – 10 inches of snow by the end of tomorrow and highs in the low 30’s through the week. If Target field has to shoveled, I’m not helping

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      1. Berrios had great breaking stuff yesterday and he was attacking the strike zone. I think he had thrown right around 50 pitches by the 6th inning. The curveball he struck Adam Jones out on to end the game was as nasty as they get. That thing breaks 3 feet plus according to Bert. Time will tell on Jose, but I think he could be the ace we’ve been looking for for 10+ years.
        I am getting the parka out for Thursday. I think 2012 was 32, windy and sleeting and we only stayed for 4 innings. I couldn’t take any more. As far as this winter…Mother Nature can shove it! This is the never ending winter. 3 inches of snow today and 3 inches tomorrow. That’s in the metro area anyway.

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        1. Gator, you are more a chef than many chef’s I know!
          My bride and I made low carb versions of her native Ukrainian foods holubtsi . (cabbage rolls)and pyrohy this year. Subbed cauliflower for rice in the holubtsi and for the potatoes in the pyrohy. Both were amazing.
          I make a high fat/low carb creamy cauliflower soup with a garnish of green onions and chopped applewood smoked bacon that you would swear was potato soup.
          Thanks for the recommendation gator. I’ll be sure to check it out. I have a collection of about 300 recipe books from all over the world.

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        2. My Grandmother, who came from the Priapet area of Poland/Ukraine/Russia (pick your phase of conquest) used to call her cabbage rolls “chuluptchas” which, I suppose, is the Yiddishized version of the same thing. She used raisins and egg yolks in the ground beef mixture to firm up the stuffing without using too much rice; her iteration was sweet and tangy at the same time. She did leave me a fair number of recipes from the old country but, sadly, that wasn’t one of them. I have never been able to recreate that sweet/tart flavor. I console myself with her fabulous versions of kasha and varnishkes (buckwheat noodles) with shallots in place of mere onions and wild forest mushrooms (my addition), and her incomparable egg noodle kugel (pudding) with farmer’s cheese (I user goat cheese now, but would happily use A2 farmer’s cheese if I could find any) and diced apricots.

          I’ve been forced to deviate substantially from her original chicken soup recipe to keep from turning my arteries into sewer pipes.It could cure any cold but the victory, in the long term, was Pyrrhic. My version was given in the previous thread. I ate a ton of it yesterday and am alive to tell of it,

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        3. My dear late Mother in Law came to the United States with her husband in 1948. She was an amazing cook who prepared everything from German to Polish to Ukrainian and Russian foods amazingly well. Unfortunately, we didn’t learn many of her recipes; which were all stored in her head of course. She loved the holidays and would spend an entire week and hundreds of dollars preparing food for them. We have pared that down considerably as the younger generations do not have any appreciation for nostalgia, custom or “weird” foods. I’d love to sit down over several coffee based beverages and discuss cooking with you Sir.

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        4. Any old time. If you ever find yourself in or near Macondo, give me fair warning and I’ll organize a tour of Latin American and especially Caribbean cuisines for you. Every island down there is a culinary immunodeficiency bubble and every one ought to be sampled on its own terms. Meanwhile, if I find myself in Minneapolis – which, no doubt, would feel pretty Kafkaesque to me anytime between October and May – we will have to arrange something. Do Swedes and Norwegians cook, or do they just bury stuff until it decomposes?

          Speaking of coffee based beverages, here’s a neat thought: mixing dark chocolate and olive oil gives you the most powerful “stack” of polyphenols yet discerned (you remember polyphenol? He was always my favorite cyclops). So here’s what I do. This is mostly by instinct so please forgive the lack of cc’s, ounces, cupfuls, tsp’s etc.: Take four squares of really good unsullied dark chocolate, at least 80% cacao (I use 92% fair trade from Madagascar), one cup of plain goat’s milk or coconut milk yogurt, a splash of coconut milk and a splash (maybe a tablespoon, maybe two) of olive oil, a capful (roughly a teaspoon, I guess) of pure vanilla extract (don’t fink out and use one of those petrochemical substitutes), a packet of Stevia (or monkfruit or Swerve), and a hearty splash of cold brewed coffee. Add some ice cubes and whirrrrrrrrrrrrrr until the crackling noises stop.

          Your heart will thank you if you can hear it above your taste buds.

          A note on dark chocolate: I use unsweetened but semi-sweet probably is OK. Just don’t buy any chocolate on whose wrapper the words “Dutch,” “Alkaline this-or-that,” “stabilizer,” “Emulsifier” or any polysyllabic chemical terms appear.

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        5. I love the food in and around Macando. I used to provide culinary support to hospitals in the area. Miami Children’s in Coral Gables had outstanding Cuban food and that’s where I was first exposed to Cuban Coffee. It made the hair (that I still had at that time) stand on end. I got to sample Cuban cuisine at many family operated restaurants in the CG area. I also worked at Broward Health Medical Center. (It was called something else in the early part of the century). I remember gunshots ringing out like popcorn popping while I was “stationed” there. And, I saw the largest palmetto bugs I had ever seen. We are talking Volkswagen sized. I was afraid of a Lilliputianesque ending while I was staying in the hospital provided housing. It seriously may have only taken a couple dozen of the critters to haul me away.
          The Twin Cities area has gained national recognition for it’s restaurants. There is a vibrant, diverse scene here. From Ann Kim’s (Beard award winner) Korean influenced wood oven pizza to fabulous curries from all over the world and everything in between. I, have no Norwegian or Scandinavian blood in me that I’m consciously aware of. Welsh, French, German and then a bunch of other stuff. Root cellars are very common here however. That would be close to burying food for the winter.
          Your coffee sound a lot like the keto “bulletproof” coffee I’ve been making for my wife. MCT oil, Irish pasture butter, heavy cream, vanilla (I like the Mexican vanilla) and a little Stevia and blend away with the immersion blender to emulsify the fats. I like the idea of adding something like an 86% cacao to that too. That’s all I buy anymore.
          As far as coming here between October and May; I’d make that June as this year we’ve got the winter that just won’t end. We are expecting 5-8″ of snow today and another round of snow Sunday and Monday. The Twins home opener on Thursday will be a bundle up in all of the long underwear, insulated coveralls, balaclava clothing we can find. The forecast is 31 and breezy.


        1. Bundy and the bullpen looked good on Thursday and Cobb should do pretty well. I bet the O’s season will have its highlights. Now go take yesterday’s game out on the Borg, or better yet Cleveland.


  2. Then as long as you’re stuck inside, cook something. That’s my reflexive response to inclement weather. Last time we had really bad rainfall for days on end (which was back in, Hay-soos, November or something) I made conejo a lo mano, a Peruvian recipe for roasted saddle of rabbit with flaming brandy sauce.

    This morning dawned bright and sunny but I had some atoning to do for the excesses of our annual interfaith seder yesterday (though I did make some gut-wall saving Plant Paradox substitutions of yucca fries for potatoes and green plantain slices in the chicken soup and mashed cauliflower with imported grated Parmigian, again, instead of potatoes as well).

    But there was also asparagus Hollandaise, and this morning I had a four-egg-white omelette (the whites saved from the four yolks used for the Hollandaise sauce) with sauteed garlic, shallots and baby kale mix (kale, chard, spinach) sprinkled with the remains of the Parmesan cheese from last night.

    In the immortal words of Ned Kelley, such is life.

    Chef: a special recommendation for you. Jim Harrison was not only one of our greatest novelists but also one of our greatest food writers. The renowned chef Mario Batali (of Babbo’s in Borgtown) helped collect Harrison’s as yet unpublished food writing into this wonderful posthumous edition, which I cannot recommend strongly enough to all soulful foodies of a literary bent:

    And please pardon the backasswardness of the sequence of posts here. We crossed paths while I was deleting that Brobdingnagian “image address” from the earlier version of this post.


    1. The trouble is we have to go outside – to shovel. I’ve discovered that exerting one self in cold air after having smoked for over half a century has its downside.

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      1. I’m glad I quit that over 8 years ago. I smoked for 30+ years. I’m still quite sure I’ll be diagnosed with COPD or something like it in the next 10 years. Too much damage for too long


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