Prof: Please pardon me, and give me this moment to be extra excited, because my small child, my wee son Ryan “Scooter” Gennett was voted as a reserve in this year’s All Star Game. Friends, I actually cried. I’m so proud of him. I’m really happy for Scooter, for his wife Kelsey, for his dog Leo, and the whole Gennett family. I know that his performance this past year has been outside the realm of how he normally plays, but I can’t tell you how proud I am, how excited I am to see him finally shine and be appreciated for his hard work and stellar play this season. That’s my boy!
Scouts: And I’m back! It’s good to be back at it, and hanging out with you all once again. I took a complete disconnect vacation, where I didn’t look at work, or baseball one bit. It was great. I feel refreshed and ready to get back into it. First of, I’d like to thank Prof for holding down the fort in my absence. She has done her usual amazing job. Second off, I gotta ask what all did I miss? I heard they announced the All-Star starters late last night. Anything else of note?
NL Starters: Matt Kemp (LF), Bryce Harper (CF), Nick Markakis (RF), Nolan Arenado (3B), Brandon Crawford (SS), Javier Baez (2B), Freddie Freeman (1B), Willson Contreras.
AL Starters: Mookie Betts (LF), Mike Trout (CF), Aaron Judge (RF), Jose Ramirez (3B), Manny Machado (SS), Jose Altuve (2B), Jose Avreu (1B), Wilson Ramos (C), J.D. Martinez (DH).
Braves 3, Brewers 10 – Prof: The Braves ran into a buzzsaw named Jesus Aguilar. He went 2-4, but those two were homers, one of which was a three run affair. Eric Thames and Hernan Perez also went yard. For Atlanta, it was mostly small ball (obviously), and it also saw Ender Inciarte getting yanked after showing a lack of hustle towards a live ball that could have very possibly saved a run. Of course, we’ll never know, but it was very possible. You absolutely run after every ball because you never know when someone’s going to make a mistake and that one out you make is the difference between winning and losing – even in these blow out games. I mean, the ridiculous Marlins/Nationals game from the other night proves this point.
Red Sox 7, Royals 4 – Scouts: As expected the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Royals. Andrew Benintendi went 4-5 to push an offence that’s been hot, hot, hot.
Reds 5, Cubs 6 F/10 – Prof: After I lavished praise on my tiny kiddo, I have to call him out for a throwing error that allowed the Cubs to score in the seventh inning. Nobody’s safe! Adam Duvall hit a solo dinger in the ninth to take it into extras, but a weird fluky error from the normally solid Joey Votto caused Chicago to walk it out – literally – in the tenth.
Cardinals 8, Giants 13 – Scouts: Pablo Sandoval had himself a 5 RBI day, including a three-run homer in the 5th that put the Giants up for good.
Padres 4, D’backs 3 F/16 – Prof: Sixteen innings against the Friars. Man, these Gritty Snakes are in a bad way. Starter Zack Greinke had two earned runs, but you know, in the scheme of things that’s not so bad. Especially when ZG got on base, stole third, and then got a run. He made one up. Good on ya, ZG. See, the problem was that in the sixth inning, well after Greinke had sat down, the Padres tied it up with an RBI single from pinch hitter Jose Pirela. It got so bad for Arizona that they ran out of arms and had to resort to Jeff Mathis – the CATCHER – to take the bump in the sixteenth inning. Seriously. Shaking my dang head. On a separate note, it is wild as heck to see stats like San Diego’s Manuel Margot going 5-6 at the plate, and the Dbacks’ Nick Ahmed going 0-7. That’s like a ultra-platinum, sapphire encrusted sombrero, right?
Rockies 4, Mariners 6 – Scouts: Things are still looking surprisingly good for the Mariners who are absolutely for real this year. Ryon Healy broke out of a 0-13 slump in the best way possible driving in 5 runs, three of which came on a homer in the 6th.
Dodgers 3, Angels 4 – Scouts: Hey look! Shohei Ohtani is back, and he’s hitting pinch-hit homers to win ball games!
Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1 F/10 – Scouts: Toronto held on as long as long as they could, but eventually the Yanks will break through. The winning run came in on a single in the 10th by Brett Gardner.
Athletics 6, Spiders 0 – Prof: The Spiders from Cleveland got completely rocked by Oakland, handing Shane Bieber his first loss of the season. The Biebs actually went six and had seven strikeouts, but he gave up four runs and when your comrades are going 0-4 most of the afternoon, that doesn’t bode well for you. Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty mashed taters.
Rangers 3, Tigers 0 – Scouts: Austin Bibens-Dirkx faced the minimum through 5 innings and the bullpen carried the rest of the way to combine for a 4 hit shutout.
Rays 9, Mets 0 – Prof: It was a battle of two hard luck franchises. Nathan Eovaldi went nearly seven innings hurling a perfecto. He struck out nine and got the win against a team that played more like a farm team than a major league outfit. In fact, the only guy for the Mets who really didn’t embarrass himself completely was Brandon Nimmo (of course). Well, I suppose Devin Mesoraco, too, but Nimmo is usually the guy who doesn’t suck for New York. Also, I challenge you to take a look at the Mets’ pitching in the box score and tell me who any of these folks are. I’ll wait.
Phillies 1, Pirates 4 – Scouts: Nick Kingham did a little of it all, allowing 1 run over 6 innings and putting in work at the plate with a two-run double in the 4th that would prove to be the game winner.
Marlins 10, Nationals 2 – Prof: I’m gonna get salty here for a moment and say that J.T. Realmuto got 100% robbed. This man should be the starting catcher for the NL. But he did get on the team, so at least it’s not a total injustice. Before the All Star berths were called, Realmuto showed why he should have been a lock as starter with a career high five hits on the day against Tanner Roark and the slumping, sickly Nationals. Realmuto drove in three as well. Martin Prado got four hits as well. In fact, name a Marlin and he probably got at least one knock in – there were twenty-two hits against the Nats in this game. The only thing interesting for the Curly Dubs was that Mark Reynolds, late of having gone 5-5 against the Feesh the day before, actually took the mound in an effort to save arms in this dumpster fire of a game.
White Sox 1, Astros 2 – Scouts: Dallas went to town on the White Sox, allowing just a single run over 7 innings. Marwin Gonzalez drove in the winning run on a squeeze bunt, proving the Astros can find all sorts of exciting ways to beat you.
Orioles 1, Twins 10 – Scouts: There isn’t much like a home-stand against the Orioles to help turn around your season. The Twins completed a 4 game shellacking against the worst team ever assembled. Brian Dozier racked up three RBI’s and six total bases.