Prof: It was a getaway day for many teams, but we still had some good matchups. Will anyone get my choices for musical theme of the day? I’m sure one of you will; you’re a musically astute group of folks. Let’s get started.
Scouts: I have a new gif that I’m obsessed with. This one comes via the game last night between Auburn and Florida when Blake Reese broke for home on what appears to be a planned double steal. Even the runner on first trips and falls down, which helped delay the pitcher’s throw to home. It was a pretty ingenious and exciting play and I love everything about it. Click the link to embiggen.
Red Sox 2, Orioles 0 F/12 – Prof: This was a nail biter that went into extra innings but ultimately the better team won. Brock Holt broke the stalemate with a sac fly to bring home Xander Bogaerts. Dylan Bundy deserved better. Dude went eight innings and struck out seven, all the while keeping the Red Sox at bay. Richard Bleier – who I can all but guarantee will be traded for some fresh meat in the next month or two – had a successful inning as well. Wright, the Red Sox knuckleballer, also had a good game but only went six innings. Craig Kimbrel – who desperately needs to trim that thing on his face – gets save number 21.
Giants 5, Marlins 7 – Prof: Well, what do you know? The Feesh won a game, against Madison Bumgarner even! Now, granted, it wasn’t MadBum who got the loss, but he didn’t do himself or his team any favors in this outing. The biggest surprise is that Lewis Brinson not only connected with the ball, but drove in some runs. J.T. Realmuto put the cap on the evening with a two run homer.
Spiders 4, White Sox 0 – Scouts: Carlos Corrasco threw a two-hitter through 7 innings, and the bullpen finished it out. There really isn’t much more to say on this one.
Cubs 7, Brewers 2 F/11 – Scouts: The game was all tied up in the 11th when Anthony Rizzo sparked a 5 run rally with a solo homer. The Cubs are now officially in first place in the NL Central.
Padres 2, Cardinals 5 – Prof: Do you remember when Jedd Gyorko was the next up and coming star for the Padres? Gosh, that feels like a hundred years ago. Ever since San Diego traded him to St. Louis, every time he comes back to town he plays like a man with a chip on his shoulder. Last night was no exception, when he hit a home run in the eighth inning to pad the Cardinals’ lead and rub it in the face of the Friars.
Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 9 – Scouts: In a perfect example of instant Karma, Pittsburgh had a 5-0 lead in the 7th, before Joe Musgrove intentionally plunked Chris Owings and woke the D-backs up. Arizona rallied for 9 runs over the their final two at-bats. Maybe don’t fucking intentionally plunk people next time. Oh, who am I kidding.
Blue Jays 4, Rays 8 – Scouts: Jake Bauers hit his first Major League home run and it was a gooden’ giving the Rays the lead for good, a two run shot in the 4th. Starting pitching wasn’t too great on either side in this one. The two starters combined to give up 14 hits, 9 runs, and just 9.1 total innings.
Angels 3, Mariners 5 – Scouts: The Angles suffered a devastating blow before the game as news broke that Shohei Ohtani will likely need Tommmy John surgery and will be lost for the year and most of next. The team is still hopeful there will be a better outcome, but well, we’ve all danced this dance enough times to know how it’ll end. The loss will significantly put a damper on the team’s playoff chances. Meanwhile, Seattle keeps on winning and I’m honestly not sure why.