He Said, She Said – Scores and Highlights for 8/7/18

old man yells at cloudProf: Scout will recap the Braves/Nationals doubleheader today, but I wanted to touch on another Joe Simpson scandal. This old man will never stop embarrassing me, my fellow Braves fans, or the organization as a whole. Last time Grandpa Simpson opened his fool mouth, he insulted Chase Utley and the Dodgers by talking trash about a cancer fundraising t-shirt being worn during batting practice. Last night, he stepped in it again, this time accusing Juan Soto and the Nationals of lying about Soto’s age. Listen, not everyone is Julio Franco (or Albert Pujols – oops, did I say that?), and there’s nothing that I can see that warrants this type of slander from Simpson.

You guys know I’m no fan of the Curly Dubs but I give credit where it is due, and they have a lights out rookie who is physically mature for his age and plays some mighty good baseball. In my opinion, Soto is not unlike Bryce Harper in that he has been ready to play major league ball longer than he was able to, say, drive a car, register to vote (if you’re a citizen), or drink a beer. The Braves have some ridiculously young players, too, Joe. How would you like it if F.P. Santangelo talked smack about Ozzie Albies? I don’t usually quote Bryce Harper about anything, ever, but in regards to Simpson’s queries about Soto’s age? “That’s a clown question, bro.”

I can’t wait until this out of touch dinosaur retires.

 


Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 7 F/10Prof: Whew, child! Seven pitchers for Boston, five for Toronto, and it was chaotic as heck. In extra innings, though, the Blue Jays seemed to melt down… or at least Ken Giles did. He allowed five runs, including the go-ahead homer from Mitch Moreland.

 

Twins 3, Spiders 2Prof: What happened, Cookie? This loss from Carlos Carrasco proves that a couple of mistakes can change the whole game. Cookie actually pitched fairly well, had eight punchouts, went a little over six innings, but had a rough second inning that culminated in a Mitch Garver three run dinger. And it was that Garver bomb that was all the offense Minnesota needed to win.

Reds 6, Mets 1Scout: Sal Romano allowed just a pair of hits over 6 innings, which was more than the Reds needed to hold down the sadsack Mets.  Prof’s love child Scooter Gennett went 3-4 with a RBI.

Mariners 3, Rangers 11Prof: It started out so great for Seattle. Nelly Cruz and Kyle Seager hit homers in the second inning, and Denard Span hit an RBI triple in the third. But then Texas took over and didn’t look back. Jurickson Profar hit a three run homer in the fifth inning to put the Rangers over the top. Nothing exciting as far as pitching unless you like to see old, broken down shells of themselves (King Felix and Bartolo) going way too long.

 

Yankees 4 , White Sox 3 F/13Scout: I guess it’s good the Yankees won this one, but it really shouldn’t have taken them 13 innings to take down the White Sox, considering the Yankees have more loses than the Sox have wins.  Anways, Miguel Andujar tied it up with a homer in the 7th, then won it with a single in the 13th.  Sonny Gray got the win out of the bullpen, his new home.

Padres 11, Brewers 5Scout: Ouch, San Diego was hot in the outfield.  Franmil Reyes, Manuel Margot, and Hunter Renfroe all homered and racked up a combined 10 RBI’s in a brutal beat-down in Milwaukee.

Cubs 5, Royals 0Prof: Ayyyyyyyyy David Bote! Where have you been all my life? [Looks at his player profile and sees a 1993 birthdate] Oh, in nursery school! Young Mr. Bote went 2-3 and drove in three RBI in this match. Ben Zobrist was his usual clutch self.

 

Pirates 10, Rockies 2Prof: Oh, yikes. This was very ugly, and this is not a way for Colorado to win the division. Just a bad, bad look. Chad Bettis would rather forget the game even happened – in four and 2/3 innings the Rockies pitcher walked two and coughed up nine earned runs. Too many Pittsburgh players connected to count.

Phillies 5, D’backs 2Scout: Zach Grenkie has given up just 4 runs in his last 3 games, but has lost two of them.  Dude keeps running into brick walls.  This time it was Nick Pivetta who went 6 shutout innings.

Braves 3, Nationals 8 (Game 1) – Scout: You know, I’ve been monitoring a handful of teams ever since my beloved O’s went on a firesale, so of course I’ve been keeping a pretty close eye on the Oriole’s south, the Braves.  Can anyone please explain to me what the fuck Dave Martinez Brian Snitker (Thanks someguy) was thinking here?  He pinch hit Kevin Gausman for Max Fried (who had to leave early due to injury) in the third, then immediately replaced Gausman before he could throw a pitch.  What the fuck?  Don’t you have a full on bench for this sort of thing?  Why are you pinch hitting a lifetime starting AL pitcher on their off-day for anyone in the third, only to immediately yank them for…another pitcher.  Anyways, the baseball gods have a way of punishing stupid, so Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman went back to back in the 4th that paved the way to a big win in Atlanta for the Nats.

Braves 3, Nationals 1 (Game 2) – Scout: Both Sean Newcomb and Max Scherzer were on in the nightcap, allowing one run each, and combining for just 9 hits.  It wasn’t until the 9th where the Braves really stepped it up, with a pair of singled by Nick Markakis, and Freddie Freeman, which set the stage for Ender Iciarte’s game winning triple.

Astros 2, Giants 1Prof: Slow, quiet night for these two teams. The two starters – Dallas Keuchel and Madison Bumgarner – pitched relatively well but both get no decisions. It came down to the bullpens.

Cardinals 3, Marlins 2Prof: There are two guys in St. Louis doing the heavy lifting these days. Those two guys are Miles Mikolas and Matt Carpenter. Mikolas is currently 12-3, and Carpenter smashed his 30th home run of the season. Here’s an interesting stat: there isn’t a single Redbird with a batting average over .300 right now. I’m not used to a mediocre Cardinals team, are you?

 

Orioles 3, Rays 4Prof: Even when the Orioles do decent stuff, they can’t capitalize on it. My dude Trey Mancini hit a single homer and Mark Trumbo actually hit an RBI single as well. However, the sadness that is the Orioles bullpen, now decimated after The Great Trade, gave up the ghost. After Alex Cobb, the hard luck starter, sat down, the Rays earned three runs.

Dodgers 4, A’s 2Scout: This could turn into quite the matchup, between two extreemly hot West Coast teams.  LA and Rich Hill took the first game, allowing just a Khris Davis two-run shot in the 6th.  LA was able to sprinkle a run here and a run there to start the series off right.

Tigers 5, Angels 11Scout: Shohei Ohtani still hasn’t worked his way back to the mound, but he’s doing some pretty good things behind the plate.  Tonight it was a three run homer which was a large part of a 7 run opening frame for the Angels.  After that, they pretty much put the game on cruise control.

 

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21 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Scores and Highlights for 8/7/18

  1. Entertaining battle – in a way – between the Giants and Astros. Bumgardner was doing one of his typical high wire acts – put a guy in scoring position and then bamboozle the guys trying to drive him in with curves and changeups. The problem Bochy had was that he had to replace him in the eighth. Now, Black can bring it at triple digits, but that is just playing to the Astros’ strength. Fastballs just don’t hardly get by them

    So the Astros dodge another bullet while their top three hitters are on the DL. Hopefully the cavalry is coming over the hill soon.

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  2. Scout, I’m no believer that Davey Martinez is a good manager, but he’s in no way responsible for pinch-hitting Gausman for Fried. That’d be a Mr. Snitker that you should be fussing at.

    (aside)
    Fuck Joe Simpson
    (aside)

    As for my Nats, we fans woke up yesterday knowing that they were running Jefry Rodriguez and Max Scherzer out there as the starters for the two games, and if you’d have told us beforehand that they’d split, we’d have thought for certain that they’d have lost the Rodriguez game and won the Scherzer game, but that’s exactly what didn’t happen.

    Because the Nats won the first game, the split feels more like a disappointment than an expected outcome, and it may have been a costly one for the Nats; Kelvin Herrera not only couldn’t get anyone out in the 9th, but also was removed from the game with a stiff shoulder. Sean Doolittle’s still out with a stress reaction in his foot, so if Herrera’s now out, too, the Nats options for closing ballgames are down to Ryan Madson, Justin Miller, the corpse of Greg Holland, or maybe Koda Glover, who’s still working his way back to both full health and a willingness and ability to recognize and admit when he’s not right, physically.

    There’s still time, and they’re fighting for all they’ve got, but every day that they don’t gain ground is a day lost, and their bullpen being in a state of flux is going to be a problem.

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  3. As to your initial comment, prof, I have no good answer. A lot of guys keep their jobs for years just because there is no reason good enough for firing them. So they have to accumulate stupidity. Probably it is also related to the fact that your average fan doesn’t pay enough attention to the real game; they just want a homer in the job. (Reference Hawk Harrelson). And just spend a Sunday evening listening to those idiots offering bad baseball platitudes on ESPN.

    Oh, yes, and some credit to a society that presently values opinions and innuendo over any need for facts or evidence.

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    • It drives me bonkers because for the Lion’s share of my life we had Skip and Pete, both some of the finest booth guys one could imagine. And then we got….this. yuck.

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    • The Cards broadcast is so insufferable (half of cards game threads are “Shut up, mccarver”), we’ve actually switched to the Marlins — but the double-d b.s. is going to drive me nuts (barf, Marlins). Paper will watch a game without sound. I prefer the sound over the tv. We are both grateful when we can switch to Mario. On your computer you can pick different audio but the fire tv app doesn’t let you do that, unfortunately.

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      • The Astros suffered a severe blow when they let Jim Deshaies escape to the Cubs several years ago. Geoff Blum is pretty good. The rest of the guys are pretty much cookie cutter broadcasters. Not terrible for the overall group, but certainly not outstanding.

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      • I’m not sure if it still does, but the computer used to a pretty cool option to just listen to the stadium sounds. No announcers, just the stadium PA, and the crowd. It was really, really, really nice. They need to make that standard.

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        • It would be nice if all of the options had the same perks, so the experience wasn’t different on a computer v a tablet v tv. Consistency would be a plus. Sheesh

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        • I completely agree. I just did a check, and it does look like the option is still there, so if you have a small laptop or something like that available it should work for you. I recommend the Surface Pro. I watch all my games on that and it’s a really good experience.

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      • Remember when the majority of games were available on the radio only? Remember when Ernie Harwell would, realizing that his listeners were listeners not viewers, actually describe the course of the game instead of chatting with somebody about something having nothing to do with the game?

        If I’m at home I watch the game on my big ass cheap ass TV (cheap ass big ass TV = cheap ice cream) and if Bert and Ernie are being stupid it doesn’t matter because they got that cool little box in lower right hand corner of the screen telling me what inning it is, how many outs there are, the game score, the base runners, the pitch count and even the velocity of each pitch. When I want to I can mute the TV and watch the game to the tune of an old Stones concert as my cognitive functionality slides into oblivion.

        If I listen to it on the radio it’s because I’m in the car going here and there, listening to maybe an inning or so before going into Walmart for cheap ice cream and missing an inning or so. When I return to the car instead of telling me where the game is at Gladden and whoever the other guy is are treating the game as an afterthought as they chat with one of their marketing allies about whatever.

        I haven’t heard, is Ernie Harwell dead or just retired?

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  4. This is a little bit of walking into the minefield, but I will comment on the Jays-Sox game. Ken Giles is very talented, but the reasons for the Astros moving him are pretty obvious. He tips his pitches (I am convinced), he is easily rattled, his slider is not a strike,and his pitch order is very predictable (see point #1). Over the winter he was interviewed about his post-season struggles, and alarm bells went up for me. He assured the interviewer that all was well and insisted that all he had to do was double down on what he was already doing. I was ready to give him credit for being overused in the playoffs and still a solid performer, but there are problems with his mental makeup.

    He needs – this sounds self-contradictory – to be more flexible in his strategy, and more resolute in keeping his cool when he pitches. A textbook case came up against Jose Ramirez earlier in the season. He got two quick strikes to Ramirez, and then Jose stretched the at-bat out to seventeen(!) pitches, until he could clobber one for a double. Giles then proceeded to implode a blow a five run lead.

    He has a couple of mechanical issues to work on with the slider, but mostly it’s the demons in his head.

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    • You saw Giles night in and night out for a good long stretch. It’s like if the Braves traded, I don’t know, Julio to another team. I “know” the guy, I know what makes him tick. you’re more than qualified.

      Also Giles punched himself in the face Fight Club style, so maybe he’s got bigger problems than we think.

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      • Eccentric personalities seem to come in two flavors in sports. On one side, they can reinforce performance. Watch old Nomar Garciaparra’s mannerisms, or Al Hrabosky on the mound talking to the ball. The little ideosyncrasies seemed to be essential to success.
        In the other flavor, they clearly hold the player back. Giles appears simultaneously to be impervious to outside advice, but fundamentally unsure enough of himself to crater under pressure. Not a good combination.

        And I am one of the ones who was supporting him until the last six weeks or so. He had 60+ saves for the Astros. But it all came undone in a hurry.

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