Prof: Today’s musical selections are from Sweet, a band most people don’t think of very often, but had some great tunes during the 70s.
Phillies 3, D’backs 2 F/14 – Scouts: Wow, so Arizona had to wait until the 9th, when Jake Arrieta was finally yanked, to tie the game at 2 each. Then both teams had to play 5 more innings before Austin Davis, who was a triple shy of the cycle decided to just go ahead and end the game on a walk-off homer.
Tigers 2, Angels 6 – Scouts: Both Andrelton Simmons and Eric Young Jr. had themselves a day both, at the plate and in the field. Then to top it all off, Nick Tropeano and bullpen held the Tigers to just 3 hits in what was a pretty complete victory.
Twins 0, Spiders 10 – Prof: This doesn’t seem fair. The Magical Land of Cleve’s star studded offense hit four dingers, including a three run number from Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh inning. Noted drone enthusiast Trevor Bauer had eleven punchouts over six innings and improved to 11-6 on the season.
Reds 4, Mets 6 – Prof: The Reds and Mets are both sad teams with sad records, working with a few high quality parts surrounded by mostly junk. Noah Syndergaard gets the W by default, only by allowing less runs than Homer Bailey and not because he pitched a great game. It was mainly the Mets’ game off the strength of two solo homers; one from Tyler Plawecki and the other from Jeff McNeil, who uses a weird bat. No, seriously.
Cardinals 1, Marlins 2 – Scouts: To be honest, I had completely forgotten about Wei-Yin Chen before today. Chen lowered his home ERA to 1.94 to go with a total season ERA of 5.48. Maybe the Marlins should consider leaving him at home for a while huh?
Yankees 7, White Sox 0 – Scouts: The Yankees are just happy as hell to get out of Boston at this point and decided to take their frustrations out on the poor White Sox. Lance Lynn made his first start as a Yankee, and had his best performance on the season, at one point retiring 19 in a row.
Mariners 4, Rangers 3 F/12 – The bullpen sure blew this one, allowing 9 runs in the 7th to get Texas back into it. Thankfully, Seattle was able to hold on for a few bonus baseball, until Mitch Haniger doubled, then scored on a Ryon Healy single in the 12th.
Cubs 3, Royals 1 – Prof: I’d like to apologize to Cole Hamels for doubting him. I didn’t think he would be helpful to Chicago. In fact, I thought his best days were behind him. I look like an idiot. Hamels has been nothing but useful to the Cubs, currently 2-0 and continuing to pitch meaningful baseball. Javier Baez smashed his 25th homer of the season, while also driving home Jason Heyward with a well timed double in the eighth inning.
Pirates 0, Rockies 2 – Prof: Serious question – if Colorado sluggers are “helped” by the altitude in Denver, and Colorado pitchers are “hindered”, what does that say about Kyle Freeland? The rookie pitcher is 10-7 with 110 strikeouts and a respectable 3.04 ERA – in a hitters’ park. Does that make his numbers more impressive, or less?
Astros 3, Giants 1 – Prof: Poor ol’ Charlie F’n Morton. He went seven innings, had eight strikeouts, but gave up three hits and one run. He was in line for the loss because the Houston bats were stone cold. Instead, CFM gets a no-decision, and his controversial new teammate Roberto Osuna gets the win, merely because Marwin Gonzalez hit a two out home run in the ninth inning.