Prof: It’s just me for the next couple of days, so forgive me if not everything is super in-depth. Today’s musical selections are rooted in the 1960s.
Spiders 10, Cubs 1 – Not a surprise, if I’m honest. Tyler Chatwood is the weakest link in the Chicago rotation, and he was going up against Trevor Bauer, who might be an ass but is an ass who can pitch very well. He’s like a newfangled Curt Schilling (maybe not THAT good but I think you know where I’m going with this).
Rockies 3, Dodgers 5 – Weird stuff happening in the NL West, where up is down and good is bad. Are the Dodgers getting their mojo back? Are the Rockies having the road trip from Hell? Who even knows anymore? The Rockies are actually playing pretty decently, with Ian Desmond in particular doing well last night, but L.A. was just that much better. Also, fun story – did you know that the Dodger youngsters call Chase Utley “Dad”? He’s only a year older than I am, and these guys are calling him Dad. Baseball is a young man’s game, for sure.
Mariners 3, Athletics 3 F/10 – Seattle wins off of a Guillermo Heredia double in the tenth inning.
Braves 3, Phillies 1 – Ozzie Albies. That’s really all I need to say. OK, OK, he’s hit his fourteenth dinger of the year thus far and the Baby Braves continue to surprise everyone in baseball with their deceptive quickness and great play from guys like Ozzie and Nick Markakis.
Angels 3, Blue Jays 5 – J.A. Happ continues to be a pitcher that contributes in huge ways that gets overlooked (in my opinion). Quick – name a guy in the AL who regularly gives you 7 innings and five strikeouts a game and makes it easier to win the game because he’s on the bump. Obviously there’s Sale, there’s Kluber, there’s the guys in Houston. But does anyone ever mention Happ? They should.
Pirates 2, Reds 7 – Let me get the M-tt H-rv-y crap out of the way first – he got the win and pitched six innings of pretty decent baseball, yada yada. I feel twitchy saying nice things about him. OK, now that THAT’S out of the way, let’s discuss the really awesome thing that happened in this game.
That’s right, friends, my wee child Ryan “Scooter” Gennett is at it again! Not only did Scoots Magoots hit an RBI double in the first inning, and an RBI sac fly in the seventh, my small son hit a monster grand slam in the fifth inning! He’s not the best, but he’s so much fun.
Orioles 2, White Sox 3 – Garbage time! That’s what people might end up saying every time a Baltimore middle reliever comes up to the mound. Mark Trumbo did his best – going 4-4, driving in a run in the second inning – and Kevin Gausman pitched very well, but it was all deconstructed in the eighth inning, where the White Sox scored all of their runs. Didn’t leave much time for the Orioles to come back, and sure enough, they didn’t.
Red Sox 4, Rays 2 – Mookie Betts has hit sixteen homers so far this season. Wow. Future AL MVP? Might be too early to call my shot but I don’t think that’s out of the question. Chris Sale went nearly eight innings and struck out nine in the process, and Craig Kimbrel picks up another save on his way to being one of the greatest closers of all time (you might not agree with me, but sadly, you are wrong).
Tigers 0, Twins 6 – Lance Lynn decided to show up at the ballpark. Yes, he gave up five hits, but none of those were in danger of being converted. Brian Dozier drove in three and Byron Buxton continues to be a dynamic young player of the future.
Padres 1, Nationals 2 – The Curly Dubs are back at their regularly scheduled programming, with Bryce Harper homering and picking up a win against San Diego.
Diamondbacks 0, Brewers 1 – Corey Knebel is at it again, racking up another save. What’s going on with the Gritty Snakes? And now Milwaukee is at thirty wins for the season – never in a million years would I guess this to be the case.
Yankees 4, Rangers 6 – You can’t predict ball. And I wouldn’t have guessed at all that Cole Hamels would be walking away with a W in this matchup against one of the hottest teams in all of baseball. Jurickson Profar homered early and set the tone for Texas.
Giants 2, Astros 11 – I read this elsewhere and it’s too cool not to bring to you: Gerrit Cole and Brandon Crawford are brothers-in-law. Gerrit Cole’s only hiccup in last night’s game was a two run homer…hit by Brandon Crawford. Oops! It’s okay, the Astros had Cole’s back with a monster night at the plate. Doubles, singles, and sac flies – small ball lives.
Royals 5, Cardinals 1 – All the hits, and nothing to show for it. That would be the Redbirds (sorry, Paper). Alex Gordon and Salvy Perez both homered in this Kansas City win. A cool thing did happen for St. Louis, though; Jose Martinez stole home!
Marlins 5, Mets 1 – Hey, remember yesterday when I said that the Mets were sniffing around Joey Bats’ door? Well, they signed him. They rushed him to New York to start last night. And he was a part of the only run generated by the Mets, which allowed Derek Dietrich to smash a tater against them. Please let that sink in, friends.