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/10 – Scouts: 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 4 – Prof: 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 2 – Scouts: 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 7 – Prof: 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.
Marlins 3, Phillies 5 – Prof: 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 1 – Scouts: 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/11 – Scouts: 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 6 – Prof: 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 6 – Scouts: 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 6 – Prof: 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 2 – Prof: 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 6 – Scouts: 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 6 – Prof: 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 3 – Prof: 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.