Prof: Big ups to Happy for holding down the fort last weekend. I spent Saturday at my bank and getting a new phone, so you can imagine how much extra time I had. Haha. I had even started a post for Friday’s scores but LOL, Kanye Shrug. Let’s talk about baseball!
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 8 F/15 – Scouts: Kenley Jansen gave up a two out, three-run homer to Chris Ownings, which sent the game into extras. The Dodgers thought they had recovered with a run in the top of the 15th, but backup catcher Jeff Mathis picked up a pinch-hit single which plated Nick Ahmed and ended the longest game in Chase Field history.
Rangers 1, Athletics 3 – Prof: Woof. This is going to be a tough year for Texas fans, but at least you have Joey Gallo, whose single brought in the only run for the Rangers. Otherwise, it was all A’s all the time. Third baseman Matt Chapman had a solo dinger to get the party started for Oakland.
Indians6 , Angels 0 – Scouts: Edwin Encarnacion legged out a inside-the-park home-run and Mike Clevinger and company once again shut down the Angels.
Rockies 7, Padres 4 – Scouts: Ian Desmond and Charlie Blackmon combined to go 5-10 with three homers and 4 RBI against the hapless Padres who are still looking for their first win of the young season.
Royals 1, Tigers 6 – Prof: Guys, it’s too early to have had a Battle of Who Sucks More, but we did. Sparty, Historio, y’all will be happy to know that your guys DON’T suck more today. The Royals and the Tigers were both winless, but the Tigers were able to whoop up on the hapless Kansas City team, including four runs in the fifth inning. Good games from V-Mart, James McCann, and Francisco Liriano.
Twins 4, Pirates 5 – Scouts: Don’t look now, but the Pirates haven’t lost a game yet. Starting pitcher Jameson Tailon lasted just 5.1 innings and the bullpen had to hold the rest of the way, without the support of closer Felipe Rivero. Brian Dozier flew out to end the game. Maybe he should have tried to bunt. I kid. I kid.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 4 – Prof: See how you are, Redbirds? Ruining the Brewers’ welcome home party. But y’all did it in pretty cool fashion, with a #PitcherWhoRakes. Miles Mikolas – who spent the last few seasons in Japan – made his MLB return debut and also mashed a two run tater.
Cubs 0, Reds 1 – Prof: Sheesh. Sometimes you don’t “got it” and the Cubs just didn’t have it. The person who did have it was rookie hurler Tyler Mahle, who went six innings with no earned runs, seven Ks and only one hit. Cincinnati flirted with disaster in the eighth but Raisel Iglesias struck out my boy Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded to pick up the save.
White Sox 2, Blue Jays 4 – Scouts: Toronto rallied or a third consecutive game to pull a win away from the Sox off the power of a two-run homer by Russell Martin.
Red Sox 7, Marlins 3 – Prof: This is boring, Miami wasn’t all that great and Brian Anderson seems to be the only person who does anything on the team, while Mookie Betts homered in the seventh for Boston. Everyone knows that the Sox were gonna win because of course they were. So here’s a Miami-related news item that I need to bring up – are they REALLY getting rid of the orange uniforms? A friend of mine told me about this. I said, “Surely this is an April Fools’ joke” and he said that he didn’t see anyone state it was a hoax. OK, Jeter. First you trade away pretty much everyone that people recognize, you raise the prices on some of your tickets when you basically have Derek Dietrich and some dudes (and the Big Buckin’ Chicken of course), you fired Billy the Marlin and now… now you’re getting rid of those fly orange uniforms? This can’t be right. How much more indignity can a franchise have?
Orioles 1, Astros 6 – Prof: Anybody here ever watch Chappelle’s Show? If you did, you automatically know what I’m referencing here… CHARLIE MORTON! What did the five fingers say to the face? *slap HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, Charlie Morton did kinda pimp slap the Orioles last night, going six strong, scoreless innings with six strikeouts. The lone Baltimore run was scored by wunderkind Trey Mancini, whom I’ve had a bit of an appreciation crush on since I saw him single-handedly rally the O’s last season. Also, Alex Bregman did this:
Nationals 8, Braves 1 – Prof: Same as it ever was. Way back in the day, Atlanta’s greatest rivals were Philly, New York, or the Dodgers (back when they were in the NL West! Oh my goodness, those were the days). Now, the dreaded rivalry is with the Washington Nationals, who always seem to have our number no matter what our team looks like. It was a bad night for young Sean Newcomb, who had two super rough innings and then calmed down, but too little too late as Atlanta was never able to overcome, or get much off of Tanner Roark. Royce Harpler hit a three run homer in the second.
Rays, Yankees PPD
Phillies, Mets PPD