Prof: Some trades were made last night. One was mighty controversial; the Blue Jays sent Roberto Osuna to Houston in exchange for Ken Giles and some assorted other goodies. As I said on Twitter, this is a nobody wins type of trade, as one loser is swapped for another. What do I mean by that? Well, you get a guy who punches himself in the face and calls his manager everything but a Child of God with no apologies in exchange for a wife beater. This is the opposite of quality. On the flip side of this, the Braves sent two minor league pitchers who just never worked out in the organization (Matt Wisler and Lucas Sims) along with a green outfielder (Preston Tucker) to Cincinnati for Adam Duvall. This is a much better trade, mostly because I’ve never heard anything bad about Sims, Wisler, Tucker, or Duvall. Boston also made a move, acquiring the services of Ian Kinsler. What sort of fun awaits us today by the 4:00 pm deadline? Time will only tell.
Today’s musical selections are a reflection of fresh starts and new faces.
Marlins 3, Braves 5 – Prof: Feesh started off strong, with a two run homer from Brian Anderson in the first inning. But this Braves team had some fight in them last night, and it began with an Ender Inciarte sac fly that brought home Tyler Flowers and moved the CamarGOAT over to third. Then, starting pitcher Julio Teheran hit a solid single to center field, driving home Carmargo and tying the game. Then FF5 smashed the go-ahead run in the third and that was all she wrote. The icing on the cake was a solo dinger from Ronald Acuña Jr. in the fifth.
Phillies 1, Red Sox 2 F/13 – Prof: It was Blake Swihart’s ground rule double that ended this extended game in Boston. Aaron Nola went eight innings for the Phils with six strikeouts, while David Price also went eight, with five strikeouts. Each had a no decision.
Rockies 4, Cardinals 5 F/10 – Prof: Nolan Arenado is one of the greatest players in baseball today and while I know everyone knows this, it feels like he’s a forgotten man at times. Nolan went 2-5 on the night and hit a towering grand slam in the fifth inning, breaking the stalemate between the Rox and the Cards. However, those pesky Redbirds battled back little by little and tied it up in the seventh inning, taking this game into extra innings. A walk off homer from Marcell Ozuna won the contest.
Rangers 9, D’backs 5 – Scouts: Sin-Soo Choo ended his two week homer-less drought with a pair of bombs. Rougned Odor also picked up a homer as Texas roughed up Robbie Ray who lasted just 5.1 innings allowing 4 earned runs.
Brewers 5, Dodgers 2 – Scouts: Eric Thames blased a three run bomb and the Dodgers got the not so good version of Kenta Maeda who allowed 4 runs and 7 hits over just 4.2 innings.
Spiders 4, Twins 5 – Prof: Tied up until the bottom of the ninth, when the Twins decided to stop toying with the Magical Land of Cleve and hit a walk off double. Home runs were blasted by Jose Ramirez – two for the evening (another day that ends in Y for this dude, right?) and Yan Gomes, but alas, they were no match for all this super golden RISP that Minnesota had.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 10 – Scouts: Looks like Oakland is back on the winning track. Oakland did most of the damage in the 8th where they exploded for 6 runs, all against Jamie Garcia.
Astros 0, Mariners 2 – Prof: Baseball is a wild game. Garrit Cole had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but when it finally let go, it was Cole himself who gave up the two runs that ultimately lost Houston the game. On the other side of the diamond, his counterpart James Paxton had a solid night, going seven innings with eight strikeouts. Edwin Diaz, the Seattle closer, has forty saves for the season. Guys, it’s still July. Do you think he gets the Mariano Rivera award this year in the AL?
Giants 5, Padres 3 F/12 – Scouts: There wasn’t much remarkable about this game that seemed like it wouldn’t end, until Gorkys Hernandez homered in the 12th. Buster Posey added an insurance run on a sac fly later in the inning.