Prof: I take a day off and Scout turns the place into a pigsty. 😛 No worries, with Lux Soap you can get sparkly clean again.
I was able to spread the gospel of Greg Maddux today on reddit, and told a rumor I had heard years ago but have some mild proof is true due to my fairly obsessive amount of investigative reporting and borderline insane knowledge of all things Maddux. When I can tell people of the glory of the GOAT, it makes me very happy. So, today’s musical selections come from the other pride of Las Vegas, the Killers. (I like to think of Spiderman dancing to “All These Things That I’ve Done” myself.)
Reds 6, Braves 5 – Prof: I was thinking today… you know how people say managers don’t matter? How do you explain the Reds playing .500 ball since hiring Jim Riggleman? This same team, for the most part (with the exception of getting rid of a catcher and taking on M-tt H-rv-y), played like poo under Bryan Price and is now one of the hottest teams in the league. They’ve made up an amazing amount of ground with guys like Jose Peraza and Adam Duvall finding their grooves again, and my old pal Scooter Gennett playing career ball at just the right time. Anyway, Cincinnati’s winning ways continued yesterday with a win over the Braves at SunTrust Park and the usual suspects were in play. Duvall, in particular, hit the decisive two-run single near the end of the game against an exhausted Braves bullpen.
Royals 5, Brewers 4 – Scouts: The wheels came off the cart in the 7th inning as the Royals smacked around Josh Hader to the tune of a 5 run inning. The Brewers attempted a comeback in the 9th, picking up three, but falling short.
Blue Jays 6, Astros 7 – Prof: Hey, Alex Bregman! A thrilling walk-off two run moonshot lifted Orbit’s boys to the win! It started out rough, though; Toronto had five runs in the first inning.
Padres 2, Rangers 5 – Scouts: Mike Minor threw 6.1 perfect innings before giving up a single to Eric Hosmer.
Twins 1, White Sox 6 – Scouts: James Shields made some adjustments and had his first scoreless outing since July 26th 2016. Let’s take a moment to sit back and think about that for a little bit.
Spiders 5, Cardinals 1 – Prof: A day after getting their collective bootays handed to them, the Magical Spiders from Cleve returned the favor with Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall back to back dingers. Everyone is talking about the Houston rotation, with good reason, but Cleveland isn’t chopped liver, either. Rookie Shane Bieber is another bright shining light for them, as he gains another dub and had 5 Ks for the night.
Cubs 5, Dodgers 7 – Scouts: The Cub’s winning efforts would not last long as the Dodgers out slugged the Cubbies with Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, and Cody Bellinger all going yard. The Dodgers have now hit 51 homers this month, just two shy of the franchise record set last year.
Rockies 0, Giants 1 – Scouts: Oh, Colorado, you sure do disappoint. Brandon Crawford launced a walk-off homer off Harrison Musgrave to extend the Giant’s winning streak to four.
Mariners 8, Orioles 7 F/11 – Prof: Chris Davis launched a huge home run onto Eutaw Street!!! Alert the media! Oh, wait, we are the media. Anyway, Crush hit a three run bomb and gave the Orioles the lead! But alas, the pathetic bullpen coughed up a two run homer to Kyle Seager in the next inning to tie it up. In the eleventh inning, Denard Span hit a sac fly to drive in Jean Segura and win the game for Seattle.
Yankees 0, Phillies 3 – Scouts: Jake Arrieta may not be having a stellar season, but Zach Eflin sure is. Eflin shut down on the MLB’s hottest offenses, allowing just four hits over seven innings, preventing a sweep. Rhys Hoskins drove all three of Philly’s runs on one swing in the second with his 12th homer on the season.
Angels 6, Red Sox 9 – Scouts: The Yankees lost and the Sox took advantage, due in large part to a 6 run second inning. Eduardo Nunez, Sandy Leon, and J. D. Martinez all homered in the frame as Andre Heaney just wanted to find a hole to hid in.
Athletics 3, Tigers 0 – Prof: Big things poppin in Detroit, as Chris Bosio, the Tigers’ pitching coach, was immediately fired today after apparently being a straight up racist or something. It had to be pretty awful to be fired right away and not even put on a leave of absence. Anyway, did the turmoil affect Detroit today? Who knows. All I do know is that Jed Lowrie hit an RBI double in the fourth, and then Oakland gilded the lily in the ninth.
Pirates 5, Mets 3 – Scouts: In yet another edition of lolMets, the Pirates picked up 4 in the 9th, with the first 5 batters reaching base against closer Jeurys Familia. Need I say anymore?
Diamondbacks 2, Marlins 1 – Prof: Robbie Ray made a triumphant return from the disabled list, going six innings with six strikeouts for the win.