Scouts: Syria Chemical Attack. Russian and North Korean games. China trade war. Trump’s lawyer in hot water. Facebook scandal. Gun Control debates. We have never needed baseball to be back this badly. I can’t tell you how happy I am to talk about Max Scherzer and Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani. Thank you baseball. Thank you.
Blue Jays 7, Orioles 1 – Prof: It started out close, but it went bad for Baltimore really quickly. Manny Machado hit a humdinger of a homer, answering two hits from the Jays earlier in the inning, and for a little bit it looked like the O’s could possibly stand toe to toe with Toronto. Ah, but the ninth inning happened. Orioles relievers Givens and Cortes Jr. kinda shat the bed, filling the bases and allowing Josh Donaldson to hit a grand slam to give no doubt as to who would win this contest. One Oriole who should not hang his head in shame is Trey Mancini, he that I have a bit of an appreciation crush on, who went 3-4. Dang it, he tried. Also, on a low note, the Orioles announced a record-low 7,915 fans showed up at OPACY. Now, yes, it was cold today in the Charm City, but less than 8k? That hurts.
Reds 5, Phillies 6 – Scouts: Nick Williams was called upon to pinch-hit and made his manager look like a genius. That’s probably the first and last time anyone will ever say that about Gabe Kapler. What’s that old saying about a blind dog finding water on occasion?
Mets 4, Marlins 2 – Prof: Meet the Mets! Meet the Mets! Aren’t anyone gonna beat the Mets? They are currently 8-1. Thor only allowed one earned run in six innings and New York won off of small ball. No fireworks here. Once again the only Feesh player earning his keep is Brian Anderson. You know what that means. He’ll probably be traded in June.
Angels 8, Rangers 3 – Scouts: It’s seriously not fair that the Angels have Mike Trout, the best player this decade and he’s not currently the best player on the Angel’s roster. Shohei Ohtani was given a much delivered day off, but that didn’t matter for the Rangers as the Angels still found a way to pick up their 8th win.
Astros 2, Twins 0 – Scouts: Justin Verlander gave up just 4 hits with 9 strike outsover 7 shutout innings over the Twins. Lance Lynn gave up just 3 hits and 9 strikeouts of his own, but only was able to last 5 innings.
Braves 0, Nationals 2 – Prof: Big ups to Max Scherzer, who pitched a beautiful complete game shutout, only three pitches over the Maddux line, with ten K’s. The Washington ace also stole his very first base. How cool is that? Every run the Nats needed were gained in the first inning, when Julio Teheran had a bit of a rocky start. Sorry not sorry to SomeGuy, but I still say that Nationals Park is on the corner of Healthy and Happy if you know what I mean.
Rays 5, White Sox 4 – Prof: The Rays actually won a game for the first time in about eight tries. Chris Archer gets the W even though he gave up three runs. Pitchers’ win/loss is the dumbest stat. I understand it’s shorthand but damn. It’s dumb.
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1 – Scouts: Arizona made a two spot in the first last as Zach Godley pitched God-ly. Okay, sorry that was pretty terrible. Godley picked up 9 of those K things over 7 shut out innings.
Mariners 0, Royals 10 – Scouts: Wamp-Womp. Not only did Seattle give up 10 runs, but they were no hit through 6 and only managed two total hits on the night.
Padres 7, Rockies 6 – Scouts: Colorado got homers from Ian Desmond, Chris Iannetta, and Carlos Gonzalez, but it wasn’t enough as starter Jon Gray gave up 7 runs on 10 hits over 5 long innings.
Tigers 0, Indians 2 – Prof: Days after the Klubot had a meltdown, he bounced back to form, with a shining eight inning outing, no earned runs and thirteen strikeouts. His lips even quirked a smidgen and it looked like a smile. Like, what?
Brewers 5, Cardinals 4 F/10 – Prof: Ooof. Boy howdy, that is not the way to start your career with a new team. St. Louis signed Greg Holland, who last season was a man on fire for the Rockies. In last night’s game, however, I think he was more like wet kindling. It was all tied up and going into extra innings, with their newly acquired reliever on the mound, the Redbirds thought they were probably in good shape. They thought wrong. Man after man got his walking papers from Holland until Orlando Arcia walked in the tie break. How you gonna walk a man to bring a guy home in extra innings and win them the game, son?
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