A quick note – I know most of you do not use Twitter on a regular basis, but if you have an account, please help me help one of the best accounts on that site, Pitching Ninja. You’ve seen me use his work here on this site (with credit). The Ninja’s account has been suspended by Twitter and it’s because of the gifs he makes FOR FREE and circulates FOR FREE. MLB doesn’t allow anyone to create gifs for educational purposes, apparently. I don’t know what the individual user can do, really, but maybe together we can make a difference. I think it’s crap. This is an account that is being followed and engaged with by many major league baseball players – some of them are high profile guys like Lance McCullers, Marcus Stroman, and Trevor Bauer. This is why MLB is losing status among folks in this day and age, because they attack the very people who are actively trying to evangelize the game. Do better, Manfred.
A few of these games are crazy late, and as such I will not be able to get too deep into them because in the mornings I don’t have tons of time to update stuff. I usually do my portion of the post at night, but since I’m doing it all, I am doing the best I can. 🙂 Today’s musical selections all feature a cool retro guitar riff mixed with newer sounds.
Astros 1, Mariners 2 – I propose that we strip the nickname of “Big Game James” from James Shields, who has never deserved it, and give it to James Paxton, who totally deserves it. Dallas Keuchel went eight full innings and honestly didn’t pitch that bad, but he gave up an untimely double in the sixth to break the tie and ultimately gain the L. First inning Springer Dinger for the ‘Stros.
Rockies 6, Pirates 2 – The Rockies are on a tear, and the buzzsaw kept going even against the suddenly hot Bucs at home. Trevor Story hit a three-run bomb. Charlie Blackmon is an unstoppable force who also went yard. And, it was Dinger, Colorado’s purple dinosaur mascot’s birthday. This has been Mascot News.
White Sox 1, Athletics 8 – Two former Brewers (Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy) did big things for Oakland last night, along with Jed Lowrie and Matt Joyce. Jose Abreu kept it from being a shutout.
Dodgers 10, Padres 2 – Not that it was needed, but in the ninth inning Yasmani Grandal hit a grand slam to moirder the Padres dead. I wonder why the Dodgers are able to have these huge games on days when Clayton Kershaw isn’t pitching?
Marlins 1, Yankees 12 – Oh my goodness. A lot of unpack here. The Yankees just went HAM on the Feesh, without any pity or mercy. However, that destruction was not brought by Giancarlo Stanton, who went 0-3. Sir Didi Gregorius though, he was the man. Two homers for the Yankee shortstop, as well as a home run for Aaron Judge. The lone Marlins run came from a fielder’s choice off the bat of my dude, Justin Bour. #FreeBour.
Nationals 8, Mets 6 – Here’s the only thing I would know about this game if I only relied on MLB’s official social media profiles:
Nothing about how the Nats had to rally back in the eighth inning against a Mets team who were coming on strong after some sloppy play in the sixth inning by Washington. But, yeah, a broken bat homer is pretty cool, I will admit.
Rangers 4, Rays 8 – The big story out of this was that there are injuries associated with these teams and they are pretty big ones. Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier tore a ligament in his thumb and will be out for several months following upcoming surgery. Matt Duffy, the Tampa third baseman, left in the first inning due to a hamstring injury and will have an MRI today. For Texas, Jurickson Profar is undergoing concussion protocol after having to leave in the second inning. In good news, Joey Gallo continues to do nothing but mash taters and charm ladies, and Wilson Ramos drove in two runs for Tampa.
Phillies 1, Braves 2 – A boring game by anyone’s standards, really. Julio Teheran finally gets a win at home and the offensive prowess of Ozzie Albies made all of the difference. Gabe Kapler continues to prove he has no business managing a major league baseball team, keeping a totally depleted Aaron Nola out on the bump for way too long.
Reds 10, Brewers 4 – Really, Brewers? Really? You allow the Reds to do this to you? The sixth inning in particular was pretty awful for Milwaukee. The Reds scored six, including ex-Brewer Scooter Gennett, who hit a double to bring in Adam Duvall, and Joey Votto who hit his own double to bring in Jose Peraza. But then again, the Brewers were dealing with a shallow team – several of the starters are call ups from the Sky Sox, Thames and Yelich are on the DL and Ryan Braun was a pinch hitter so that should give you an idea as to the quality of the lineup for this game.
Orioles vs Red Sox, Cardinals vs Cubs, Royals vs Blue Jays – PPD – Yes, more bad weather. Also, yes, the Rogers Centre has a roof and normally they would have played, but the roof suffered damage and they had to postpone the game because of it. Would you believe ice fell from the CN Tower and punctured a hole in the roof? Wild. Mother Nature is undefeated.