Scouts: Prof is taking the day off, a much deserved day of rest. So on this fine Wednesday, you’re getting an extra helping of ME! I’d like to offer an official congratulations to our own @historiophiliac on her wedding yesterday! May the two of you live a long and happy life together. I couldn’t be happier for you.
Rangers 8, Spiders 6 F/12 – Scouts: Doug Fister gave up just two runs over 6.2 strong innings, while the Rangers offense stepped it up with back-to-back homers in the 12th. Michael Brantley earned his team an extra chance with a two-out 9th inning grand slam.
Pirates 4, Nats 12 – Scouts: Royce Harper batted leadoff as part of a new look Nationals lineup. It would seem the shakeup worked as Harper picked up a three-run homer and Matt Adams had himself a pair of solo shots as the Nats routed the Pirates.
Braves 3, Mets 2 – Scouts: Mike Soroka made his MLB debut, and had to face off against none-other than Thor himself. Soroka was up to the challenge, lasting 6 innings and giving up just 1 run on 6 hits. Is it possible the Braves are for real this year?
Royals 7, Red Sox 6 F/13 – Scouts: Craig Kimbrel with the rare blown save and the Red Sox bullpen completely crumbled as the Royals came back in strong fashion. It started with a Alex Gordon homer in the 9th to send us to extras, and ended with a Jorge Soler three-run shot in the 13th to win it. The Sox attempted comebacks tying it up in the 12, and picking up 2 in the 13th, but were unable to do enough to avoid the loss.
Brewers 7, Reds 6 – Scouts: Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar went back-to back in the first and the Brew Crew were able to stay just a step ahead of the Reds all game.
Phillies 1, Marlins 2 F/10 – Scouts: Yadiel Rivera walked it off with a single in the 10th as the Marlins won their third consecutive ball game. In case you didn’t know, we call that a winning streak. It has happened before.
Rays 1, Tigers 2 – Scouts: Chris Archer was good, but not as good as Matthew Boyd, who gave Histo all she really wanted for her wedding day. A solid Tigers victory.
Rockies 3, Cubs 1 – Scouts: Anthony Rizzo laced the first pitch over the wall, but after that Jon Gray woke up, and shut down the Cubs, holding them to two hits over the next 7 innings.
Yankees 4, Astros 0 – Scouts: Ken Giles attempted to start a fight club with himself on his way back to the dugout after a pretty disasterous 9th inning, which saw him record one out and give up 4 runs on 4 hits, including a three-run homer by Gary Sanchez. The performance ruined an amazing start by Verlander, who racked up 14 strike outs and just 3 hits over 8 innings. The Yankees bullpen stepped up big time as Jordan Montgomery lasted just 7 pitches before leaving with tightness in his left elbow.
Blue Jays 7, Twins 4 F/10 – Scouts: The Jays keep the winning train rolling as the Twins fall to 7 games below .500. Kevin Pillar hit a pair of doubles, a game-tying sac fly in the 8th, and started a three-run rally in the 10th. The Twins have now lost 11 of their last 12.
White Sox 2, Cardinals 3 – Scouts: Mike Matheny won his 1,000th game as the manager of the Cards in spectacular fashion, when Matt Carpenter hit a solo shot to tie the game in the 9th, and Yadier Molina hit a walk-off single to win it.
Dodgers 3, D’Backs 4 – Scouts: Clayton Kershaw had another uncharacteristically not so great start, giving up homers to A.J. Pollock and Christian Walker. Daniel Descalso smoked a two-run triple in the 7th that was the final nail in the coffin of the Dodgers, who are slowly watching the division race slip away.
Baltimore 2, Angels 3 – Scouts: Balitmore tied it up in the 9th, only to watch their once vaunted bullpen blow yet another game. Justin Upson, who has been slumping pretty hard lately suddenly woke up (I mean who doesn’t against the O’s) with a two-out bases-loaded walk-off single off Brad Brach, who’s seen his stock drop from stud to dud in less than a year. Alex Cobb lowered his ERA to 9.68. The Orioles have two batters on their entire roster batting over .245. Chris Davis has a lower OPS than Anthony Santander, Joey Rickard, and Danny Valencia. But don’t worry fans, because Dan Duquette won’t sell off any players, because he’s “still evaluating the club for 2018.” They fucking suck. There’s your evaluation.
A’s 3, Mariners 6 – Scouts: Nelson Cruz jacked a three-run bomb off Andrew Triggs, and Dee Gordon went a sweet 5-5 with a pair of stolen bases to jump to 6 games above .500 in the hotly contested AL West.
Padres 3, Giants 2 – Scouts: The Padres cooled off the simmering Giants with a Eric Hosmer solo homer in the 9th. Tyson Ross struck out 9 over 6 innings for San Diego.