He Said, She Said – Scores and Highlights for 8/5/18

Scouts: In one of the best announcements I’ve seen in a really long time, it has been announced that Sir Patrick Stewart will be reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming series to air on CBS All Access.

“It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him,” said Stewart, 78, of the new role. “During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership.”

Who’s pumped?  I may actually have to go out and purchase yet another damn streaming service just for this series.  Please, please, please don’t suck.


Yankees 4, Red Sox 5 F/10Scouts: Oh boy, this was not a good weekend for the Yankees.  Andrew Benintendi singled in the winning run in the 10th to complete a walk-off and a sweep all at once.  The Red Sox now have a 9.5 game lead in the division and the Yankees are riding a 5 game losing streak and suddenly look extremely vulnerable.


Angels 3, Spiders 4Prof: Mike Trout is still injured, but Shohei Ohtani is trying his best to replace the GOAT. It didn’t matter, though, because the Magical Team from Cleve were able to just barely score enough. Jose Ramirez swats a three run homer.

Braves 5, Mets 4 F/10 – Prof:  Some fun firsts in yesterday’s game: Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran hit his first major league home run, while Braves reliever Jesse Biddle gets his first major league save. Nick Markakis continues his unicorn season by hitting a homer in the tenth inning to win it all for Atlanta.


Reds, 1 Nationals 2Scouts: The Reds and Nationals got into it a little bit on Saturday when Bryce Harper took a clearly unintentional curve-ball off the knee and had to leave the game.  Of course that meant that Ryan Madson had to respond by throwing a clearly intentional 96 mph fastball at Joey Votto’s knee, his second HPB of the night.  Votto was very clearly unhappy with Madson and left the clubhouse before reporters could get at him.  Shockingly enough, the plunkings ended there and they were able to play on Sunday without incident.  Harper was able to return, and even hit an RBI double, and former Oriole Matt Wieters picked up a solo shot, all while Tanner Roark went 7 pretty good innings.

White Sox 8, Rays 7Prof: Our friend Eckx suggested using Madonna imagery for Tampa Bay. Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone. The Rays are now .500 for the season, and they lost at home. I’m sure that Rays fans everywhere are wanting, needing, waiting for the team to justify their love. Chicago’s Daniel Palka hit a decisive two run homer in the ninth inning. The Rays tried to come back – Kevin Kiermaier hit a double to drive in C.J. Cron – but alas. Take a bow, the night is over. This masquerade is getting colder.

madonna league

Marlins 3, Phillies 5Prof: This was Alumni Weekend in Philly, as well as a celebration of newly inducted members in the Phillies Hall of Fame. One of the honorees was the late, great Roy Halladay. I watched his wife’s acceptance speech and saw the plaque unveiling over the weekend and cried both times. With such an emotionally charged event happening, one of two things were going to happen: the Phils would play like crap, or they were going to sweep the Feesh. Well, the brooms came out. And even though my dude the Big Buckin’ Chicken tied it up in the seventh for Miami, it was the heavy bat of Asdrubal Cabrera and a two run bomb that sealed it for Philadelphia.

Cardinals 2, Pirates 1Scouts: A pretty quite contest, with Jack Flaherty going 6 strong, 3 hit shutout innings and the bullpen holding the rest of the way.  Matt Carpenter hit a homer in the 5th that was the difference maker in this one.

Rockies 5, Brewers 4 F/11Scouts: Trevor Story smacked a 3 run shot, and Nolan Arenaldo hit his 29th to break open the game in the 11th.  The win helped move Colorado to two games behind LA and the D-Backs.


Royals 5, Twins 6Prof: Rookie Jake Cave went all out, hitting his first major league grand slam in the second inning. This was immensely important as it was 75% of the runs scored by Happy’s boys yesterday. Congrats, kiddo!

Padres 10, Cubs 6Scouts: This was a bit of a seesaw match as the Padres jumped to a 5-1 lead, only to have Chicago crawl back and tie it up by the 7th.  San Diego was not going to just let the Cubs do them like that and busted out for 5 more in the final two innings.

Orioles 9, Rangers 6Prof: TRUMBO JUMBO times two! Mark Trumbo, whose bat has been mostly cold this season, sure came out of his funk in this game, with two homers and five RBI. Seeing this beautiful dude do well makes a Prof smile. One time I was at one of the nicer shopping malls in the area and saw a dude who looked a lot like Mr. Trumbo. Obviously it wasn’t him because he wasn’t quite tall enough, but it still gave me the vapors. Anyway, new Oriole Jonathan Villar is making himself at home, hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning while going 3-3 overall.


Giants 3, D’backs 2Prof: A big day for Evan Longoria and San Francisco as they defeat divisional rival Arizona. Longoria went 3-4 with the tie-break homer in the eighth inning.

Tigers 0, A’s 6Scouts: All they do is win, win, win.  Oakland continues to stay hotter than the burning sun, picking up their 6th win in a row as Trevor Cahill picked up 10 strikeouts in route to a shutout over Detroit.  Oakland is now 33-10 since June 16th.

Blue Jays 3, Mariners 6Prof: It was a Homer-palooza! No, I don’t mean the Simpsons episode where Homer becomes a sideshow geek at a rock festival. I mean that there were four home runs hit in this game, two of them by Seattle’s Kyle Seager. Edwin Diaz got his 41st save of the season. It’s the pitching feat no one is talking about.

Astros 2, Dodgers 3Prof: George Springer left the game with a thumb injury after hitting a solo dinger in the first inning. Preliminary x-rays were negative, but we all know that swollen extremities don’t always provide the best immediate x-rays. It looks pretty bad. The Dodgers, however, looked pretty good. New boys in blue Manny Machado and Brian Dozier were effective in this win over Houston. Dozier hit a two run double in the first, while Machado went 3-4.

20 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Scores and Highlights for 8/5/18

  1. Given the general state of the Astros’ health (Springer, Altuve, Correa, McCullers) two out of three in LA was a bit of an achievement. They sure could use some #1 players back, though.
    As to Sir Patrick, he adds a lot of class to any endeavor. I love his chops in Shakespearean theatre. But I confess to having missed the last few Treks.


    1. Sir Patrick was also a great Sejanus in the Caligula segments of I, Claudius on Masterpiece Theater wa-a-a-a-ay back when. I caught his Shylock in Merchant of Venice in Stratford (UK) some years back, wherein he was also terrific. Hath not an umpire eyes?


      1. I’m not sure when I, Claudius was first on that I knew who Patrick Stewart was. That was a long time ago. But I saw him as MacBeth and loved the quirky twists he threw into the role. He seemed to wear it like a glove. And another as Claudius in Hamlet. When Hamlet handed him the poisoned goblet, he took a quick take, glanced at the audience, shrugged his shoulders and drank it. I normally hate that kind of fourth wall crap, but this time it worked for me.


        1. He could pull it orf because he’s…you know, him. I don’t usually care for that stuff either but another great move in that vein is in Sir Ian McKellan’s Richard III film, when he goes into the men’s room to wash his hands in the middle of his “winter of our discontent” speech, looks in the mirror, seems to notice the audience for the first time and slyly segues the speech into the weird, shared soliloquy Shakespeare meant it to be.

          The thing about the Claudius performance that nails me is just how young Sir Patrick was when he did it. And you can’t overlook those immaculate performances by Brian Blessed as Augustus, Sian Phillips as Livia, John Hurt as Caligula and above all Derek Jacobi in the title role. About twenty years ago I saw Jacobi as Prospero in the RSC production of The Tempest at the Barbican in London and he was stunning (as was Alice Krige delicious as Miranda).

          And speaking of John Hurt, remember him as Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons? He was a goddamned kid. Good grief, man – where’d it go?


        2. You said it OG. The clock just keeps on ticking along. I took my wife to see A Man for All Seasons on our second date.

          And I did like Ian McKellan’s take on Richard III. You are right, they get me past that fourth wall thing by being so good it seems only natural.


  2. I was glad to see that unpleasantries between the Reds and Nats ended with Saturday night’s activities, although Michael Lorenzen did throw a fastball behind Adam Eaton in the 7th on Sunday, which thankfully missed, and nothing else transpired from it.

    This was the second time in three years that Bryce got hit by the Reds and didn’t respond by immediately running to first. In 2015, it drew the ire of Joey Votto:

    At the time, Bryce said the pitch got him basically right on the spine, missing most of the muscle tissue in the back, so I can believe that it hurt a bit, and I recall he missed the next game because of it.

    This year Reds fans all over Twitter are questioning Bryce’s manhood, because it was only an 82mph curveball, which, while true, appeared to hit him again on a spot with little to no tissue covering the bone (not the kneecap, but the fibula, on the outside of the leg just below the knee), and I can imagine that such a blow doesn’t exactly tickle. Bryce stayed in the game at the time, but asked to be removed after running for a flyball the next inning, demonstrating a definite hitch in his giddyup. He played yesterday, though.

    Madson’s hitting Votto was Votto’s second HBP of the night, but the first was one where his sleeve got brushed by a pitch over the plate, so he wasn’t exactly abused by the Nats, and it looked like Madson was aiming for the thigh, but missed.

    The teams won’t see each other again till next year, so we’ll have to see then if things linger.

    Whatever, Nats have won five of six, eight of eleven, which wasn’t enough to make up any ground on the Phillies this week, but they’re finally starting to look like their old selves a bit. Four with the Braves in three days starting Tuesday are looking huge for both teams, so let’s go on with the pennant race.


      1. Indeed. I mean, just sitting here, I can put my finger on the spot where Harper got hit and just press on the bone hard enough for it to cause a sensation of pain.

        Internet’s full of tough guys, though…

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  3. Can I now say that the Twins have as good a chance of winning their division as the Yankees do? Sure the Yankees are better than the Twins, but are not the Red Sox better than the Indians, and the Indians lead over the Twins is half a game less than the Red Sox lead.

    God moves in mysterious ways.


    1. I look forward to the Beanbags wiping the mercury-silted bed of the Cuyahoga with the Indians so we can have a good old knock-down, drag-out LCS between the Borg and the Beanbags that would be much more exciting than if the (yawn) Indians were involved.


      1. I’m looking forward to the Borg being given a rude reception when they brashly invade the fluidic space of Oakland – followed by an inspiring performance by Stex’s boys against Evil Empire East II.


  4. The Feesh have hit their low point, but of course there’ll be lower ones to come. I predicted, right here on this site, that after the waiver trading deadline the guys who were playing hard to catch some contender’s attention, but who didn’t make it to freedom, would deflate and the team would begin its terminal skid into the orfseason. Well, it has begun: six losses in a row, 21 under, 18 out, with still-dwindling attendance. Next week here in Macondo, the few kids daddy has been trying to distract with some wretched baseball go back to school. I predict a sub-4000 attendance game before the dog days are over.

    Incidentally, I am writing a disquisition about Macondo market fandom in response to all the clueless comments about how shameful it is “we don’t support out team.” I will not be kind or friendly about it. That’s Trump’s job. To paraphrase the newspaper reporter at the end of the original 1951 James Arness classic The Thing from Another World (usually referred to simply as “The Thing“), keep watching the blogspace. Don’t take your eyes orf the blogspace.”

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  5. Good news about Jean Luc, but don’t raise your expectations TOO high. Remember Kirk in the bridge movie? Mostly a decent movie, but KIRK! OMG, we were supposed to believe James Tiberius Kirk would ever consider giving up adventure to get married? Oh, he liked his ladies but duty always came first. And his last words: “It was fun.” The only time Kirk had fun in 100 hours of television and movie adventure was playing Bones against Spock in the final moments of many episodes, and besting Finnigan even after he was “an old man”. That role was clearly written without Kirk in mind and poorly modified for the Man himself.

    I hope it works, I sincerely do. I’m just a naturally half empty glass kind of guy.


      1. There are a handful of actors that when they are on stage they dominate so thoroughly that I have trouble even noticing who else is there. Forest Whitaker, Paul Newman when he was alive, Anthony Hopkins, and – somewhat surprisingly – Peter Dinklage for me. Patrick Stewart at his best is on that list, too.

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