Prof: Today’s musical selections are from Panic! At the Disco. Only because there was panic on the streets of Cleveland, panic on the streets of Denver. Hang the DJ. Hang the DJ.
Yankees 9, Orioles 0 – Scouts: Dylan Bundy got pretty good and rocked and Sonny Grey pitched a very good game against a very bad team. The interesting news out of this matchup is apparently the Yankees have made a strong offer for Manny Machado, despite already having excellent help at both third and short. It seems the stove has never been hotter for Machado, and a trade would appear to be imminent. The only question at this point is will a move be made before or after the All-Star break. Oh yea, Tyler Wade hit a grand slam in the third.
Brewers 4, Marlins 5 F/12 – Scouts: I’m not quite sure which is the bigger news. The fact that the Marlins walked it off in 12, or that they took the series against the Brewers. Bad BrewCrew. Bad boys. No cookie for you!
Rangers 2, Red Sox 4 – Prof: Chris Sale, who might be the AL Starting Pitcher in the All Star Game, went seven innings with no runs and twelve strikeouts. In fact, the only runs for Texas came in the eighth inning, a single given up by Heath Hembree and a bases loaded walk from Craig Kimbrel (which was charged to Hembree).
Phillies 0, Mets 3 F/10 – Prof: Can’t predict ball. The NL East leading Phillies and the bottom dwelling Mets went a full game with no runs and barely any hits. It was only in extra innings that this game was decided, off a Brandon Nimmo walk-off homer.
Reds 4, Spiders 19 – Prof: Here’s my writeup.
Wait, what? This isn’t enough for you? OK, fine. The streets of Cleveland ran thick with the blood of the Reds. A nine run third inning and six run fourth, with Cleveland batters not even having the decency to do it all by homers – like the most depraved serial killers, they took their time with the bloodbath. Now, of course, there were dingers from the Magical Bats of Cleve – two from Jose Ramirez, one from Francisco Lindor and one from Jason Kipnis. For the Dead Men Walking team from Cincinnati, poor Scooter Gennett tried his best, going 3-5 with a solo homer and a run in the eight inning.
Blue Jays 5, Braves 9 – Scouts: A 6 run second was all Atlanta needed for the win. Ozzie Albies smashed a pair of homers for the Braves. Mike Foltynewicz was cruising along until the 7th where he not only lost the shutout, but then allowed 4 hits with two down capped by a grand slam, the second homer of the inning.
Cardinals 0, White Sox 4 – Prof: The Red Birds seem to be in a bit of a tail spin lately, with the drama with Dexter Fowler, the disconnect between the front office, ownership, and manager Mike Matheny, and now a controversy with Bud Norris and a young pitcher. Is it taking its toll on the team? Maybe. Maybe not. But when you’re losing to the Chicago White Sox, a team that is currently 31-61 on the season… well. You might want to look in the mirror and ask yourself where you’re going wrong. Brian Anderson continues to play above his pay for the ChiSox.
Athletics 8, Astros 3 – Scouts: Everyone is allowed a off day Houston, so I’ll give you this one. Lance McCullers Jr. was crazy wild with 4 walks, including two hit batsmen, two wild pitches, and allowed 6 runs over 4 innings.
Diamondbacks 2, Rockies 19 – Prof: Here’s my writeup:
You’re telling me you’ve seen this before? Huh. Pretty much nothing but homers and singles and a well timed balk in the second inning. It got so bad that the Gritty Snakes pulled their actual pitchers in the fourth inning and position players went multiple innings. Shelby Miller left the game early, not because he was lit up like a Disney Christmas Parade, but because he had an injury.
Mariners 3, Angels 0 – Scouts: Marco Gonzales picked up his 10th win for the Mariners, throwing 7 strong innings and combining with the bullpen to shut out the Angels, who I can’t decide if they are improving or not.
Dodgers 4, Padres 2 – Scouts: Kenta Maeda is on a bit of a roll, tossing his 4th consecutive game with 9+ strikeouts and holding the Padres to 1 run over 5.2 innings. I have noticed that Maeda rarely seems to go beyond 6 innings, whats the deal with that? Does he just throw a ton of pitches or are they intentionally limiting his usage? Any NL experts able to help me out here?
Tigers 2, Rays 4 – Scouts: Tampa swept the Tigers thanks in large part to homers by C.J. Cron and Kevin Kiermaier and a strong effort by the bullpen on “bullpen day”.
Nationals 0, Pirates 2 – Prof: All the Bucs needed was a Starling Marte two run dinger and Trevor Williams to head up a shutout pitching staff. Somehow the Nats continue to be right at .500. I’m still floored that they are third in the NL East standings right now.
Royals 5, Twins 8 – Scouts: The Twins get back on the winning side of things as Brian Dozier, who I’ve heard whispered in a few trade rumors, homered. The Twins host Tampa next so we will see if they are back to winning games or if this was just a byproduct of facing the two worst teams in baseball.
Cubs 4, Giants 5 F/13 – Prof: Kris Bryant crushed a no-doubter, Jason Heyward and Javy Baez did, too, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome an early onslaught of runs assisted by a Ben Zobrist error. Onto extra innings we go, and the game was decided by a Buster Posey RBI single.