Prof: This has been an interesting week for me, an emotional roller coaster in many ways. The biggest had to do with one of my lifelong interests and kind-of hobby, which is true crime discussion and armchair sleuthing. I don’t do the creepy stuff, but I do try to brainstorm on different things. This week, two of the biggest mysteries in the community were solved – the fate of two teen girls who mysteriously went missing over twenty years ago, and we finally learned the identity of a serial killer who terrorized California for over forty years. The last was probably one of my greatest obsessions, trying to find out who this villain was who killed at least 12 people and assaulted over 50 others. This dude was my personal boogeyman, whose crimes and voice (for a few of his creepy prank calls to living assault victims were recorded) scared me and kept me up many nights. But he’s behind bars, as well as the murderer of the two teen girls. Dozens of families finally will see justice, and that makes me very happy. I hope the weekend is as great for you as it will be for those families and survivors.
Mariners 5, Spiders 4 – Prof: Corey’s Brother did work. Yes, Kyle Seager hit a double to break a tie and that made all the difference in last night’s game. The Magical Land of Cleve sure do miss the services of Andrew Miller.
Rays 9, Orioles 5 – Scouts: Oh Bundy, not you too! You were supposed to be our one shining light! I had to run out to the store last night to do some last minute food shopping, and when I got into the car, the radio was already set to the local sports radio station, and I got in just in time to hear Chris Davis strike out for the second time of the game. Davis is now batting .174 with a OPS of .535. Machado continues to improve his eventual trade value and I am here in April and I already find myself finding other things to watch. The O’s are currently riding a 5 game losing streak and have won just a single game in their last 9. They now have the third worst record in the league and are an astonishing 13.5 games out of first place.
White Sox 6, Royals 3 – Scouts: The 5-16 White Sox faced off against the 5-17 Royals in a match of epic proportions. Chicago lit it up with 5 homers and the Royals are still looking for their second home win of the season.
Tigers 0, Pirates 1 – Scouts: Wow, what a classic game. 0-0 in the bottom of the 9th, Corey Dickerson walked it off for the first time in his career. Ian Nova gave up just 6 hits over 8 innings, and Michael Fulmer gave up 4 over 6 strong.
Braves 7, Reds 4 – Prof: WE ARE NEVER LOSING AGAIN! ACUÑA SEASON, BITCHES! Oh, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Of course, we’ll lose. Eventually. But right now let me glory in the light of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the youngest players in MLB and the future of Atlanta baseball. RAJ and Albies both homered and had a combined five ribbies to rise above the hot bat of Joey Votto and the otherwise awful Reds. Man, I am loving the way that RAJ, Albies, Dansby, Ender, and FF5 all work together. It’s beautiful, man. I could cry.
Twins 3, Yankees 4 – Prof: A sad sweep of Happy’s Boys. The saddest part? It didn’t have to be this way. The horror started in the seventh inning, when the Yankees got one run in. Minnesota still had a fighting chance, up by two runs. But then… Fernando Rodney happened. A three run bomb in the ninth inning put New York over the top and ended any chance of a split series for the Twins.
Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 2 – Prof: Do you want to build a snowman? The Gritty Snakes want to build a snowman. And so they did, hanging eight runs on a lackluster Phillies team. Three different home runs. David Peralta went 2-3 and Paul Goldschmidt went 3-5.
Here is a gritty snowman. I hope you enjoy it.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 – Scouts: J.D. Martinez made good with both the glove and the bat, and was the big difference maker in this one. Toronto who didn’t really have very high expectations this year is battling an insanely tough division very well and are currently 4 games above .500.
Brewers 0, Cubs 1 – Scouts: Kyle Schwarber was the sole source of offense in this one with a solo shot in the 6th.
Mets 3, Cardinals 4 F/13 – Prof: I didn’t watch this game, so I don’t know why Mickey Callaway pulled Thor in the seventh (I’m going to assume it’s because he gave up a hit, but he had gone scoreless before then and the Mets were still ahead). But despite the efforts of Robert Gsellman and his 1.93 ERA, and Familia and his exact same ERA, the Mets bullpen blew the lead hardcore and the Birds on the Bat pushed it into extras. I mean, really, the Mets bullpen blew it three times; once in regulation, once in the 10th inning after New York had scored on A WALK, and then the dagger in the heart of Dexter Fowler hitting a walk-off double in the bottom of the 13th. Sad. That’s sad. Thor should strike them all with lightning.