Prof: Today’s musical selections are International! No particular reason why, but baseball is a worldwide sport. I have music from Mexico, South Korea, and various countries in Africa in today’s post.
Orioles 7, Nationals 9 – Prof: The Orioles tried, bless their hearts, but they ran into a buzzsaw named The Treat Urner. The Nationals shortstop went 4-4 and hit a home run in this Beltway Series win. Anthony Rendon was helpful, too, driving in three runs. The poor O’s sure did give it their best try. Here’s a cool thing, though – brothers Caleb and Corban Joseph played together for Baltimore. Corban was a pinch hitter while Caleb started at backstop.
Cardinals 7, Phillies 6 – Scouts: Down 4-2 in the 7th, the Cards put 4 on the board, only to give up two more in the bottom of the 8th to tie it back up. That tie didn’t last long as St. Louie went up for good when Matt Carpenter homered in the 9th.
Brewers 3, Pirates 2 – Scouts: Rookie Freddy Peralta pitching in just his third game threw 6 shutout innings and now has a career era of 2.30. Not bad kid!
Braves 11, Blue Jays 4 – Scouts: Carmargo go big boom. Johan Camargo included a grand slam into a four hit night as the Braves absolutely roasted the Blue Jays.
White Sox 3, Spiders 6 – Prof: Mike Clevinger is fast becoming one of my favorite “fringe” guys – that is, a player who isn’t the biggest or most well known player on his team who somehow does some funky stuff every day (or every outing), an unsung hero in a way. Charlie F’n Morton down in Houston is one, obviously my small child Scooter in Cincinnati. Clevinger is that dude in the Magical Land of Cleve. He went 7 2/3 innings and struck out ten Pale Hosers.
Tigers 5, Reds 9 – Prof: The Reds offense was firing on all cylinders last night; Scooter went 2-5, Adam Duvall went 3-4, and Tucker Barnhart went 3-3. Joey Votto, the Sassiest Canadian, hit a grand slam. All of El Tigre’s runs came in the ninth inning, but the Reds still won. I’m sure they aren’t too happy with Wandy Peralta, though.
Dodgers 4, Cubs 3 (Game 1) – Prof: This was the game that was supposed to have been played yesterday but was postponed due to both weather and a power outage. Pretty hard to play at night when you don’t have lights in right field! Bit of a back and forth in this first match, but it began and ended with a Dodgers score – a Joc Pederson solo blast in the first, and a Kyle Farmer two run RBI double in the ninth. Kenley Jansen notched his eighteenth save of the year thus far.
Dodgers 2, Cubs 1 (Game 2) F/10 – Scouts: With the game tied all up in the 10th, Kris Bryant lead off with a triple, only to be singled in by Albert Almora Jr., and the walk-off was on.
Red Sox 2, Twins 6 – Scouts: Minnesota exploded for a 4 run 8th inning rally sparked by Eduardo Escobar’s second double of the night.
Rays 2, Astros 1 – Prof: Nothing too exciting happened, other than Alex Bregman trying to make some plays and failing. CJ Cron hit a solo shot in the second inning. Oh, and Kevin Kiermaier, who I didn’t know was back from the DL, went 0-5.
Rangers 4, Royals 1 – Scouts: Cole Hamels looked like the Cole Hamels of old throwing 7 strong innings. Of course it’s a bit easier against Kansas City’s anemic offense, but it’s something at least.
Mets 8, Rockies 10 – Scouts: And back we are with the Mets giving up three consecutive home runs to the Rockies as part of a 6 run third. Jason Vargas had a night to forget giving up 7 runs in just 2.1 innings raising his era to 8.60.
Mariners 2, Yankees 7 – Prof: Four home runs, including two in the fifth inning, ensured a New York victory over Seattle. Domingo German went seven full innings with nine Ks.
Diamondbacks 4, Angels 5 – Scouts: Mike Trout continues his push for MVP going 1-1 with a pair of walks and the go-ahead two run single in the 5th.
Athletics 4, Padres 2 F/10 – Scouts: Stephen Piscotty hit a solo shot to send this into extras where Jed Lowrie secured the win with a go-ahead, two-run shot in the 10th.
Marlins 3, Giants 6 – Scouts: A little bit of drama in this one as Buster Posey was pllunked by Dan Straily in the bottom of the second and Straily and manager Don Mattingly were immediately ejected. Bruce Bosey was pretty pissed off about the entire thing as I guess this was the third HBP by the Marlins since last Thursday. The plunking was apparently retribution for San Francisco plunking Lewis Brinson in the top half of the inning, as retribution for Brinson celebrating too much on Monday after a big rally. God damn, baseball beefs are really fucking stupid sometimes.