Prof: Boy, am I glad it’s an off day for a lot of teams, since Scout is out of service today. It’s Friday, and you guys know what that means. GIRL POWER! Today I’m going with Canadian songstress extraordinaire, Feist. Guess which song I love the most?
Mariners 8, Astros 6 – You win some, and you lose some, and no matter how great Justin Verlander is on any given night, even the best among us can have a bad night. And boy howdy, was it a bad night for Mr. Verlander. James Paxton, on the other hand, did just enough to keep the ship steady for the Mariners. Denard Span and Jean Segura was Seattle’s Dynamic Duo on offense.
Dodgers 8, Rockies 5 – It was the seventh inning when the Dodgers really found their bats. Colorado had four runs in the seventh inning, but LA took over, including two home runs in the ninth inning off embattled closer Wade Davis. The Dodgers had five home runs in all – Dinger might be the Rockies’ mascot but the Dodgers were his daddy.
Pirates 10, Giants 5 – I’m sorry, friends, I don’t have time for a proper recap except that the seventh inning was a nightmare for San Francisco.
Braves 3, Nationals 6 – Congrats to game winner Gio Gonzalez, who earned his first victory since Memorial Day. The NL East rivals split the series, in a game that was never really close at all. Anibal Sanchez left the game with an injury after trying to avoid a comebacker, much like Max Fried the other day (who ended up straining his groin. Yeeeouch!). The Treat Urner and Anthony Rendon both went 2-3 with an RBI.
Rangers 3, Yankees 7 – So, um. Giancarlo Stanton can mash. Statcast measured his 449 foot blast as being the hardest hit home run in the history of the system. According to Statcast, Stanton’s slam was clocked at 121.7 MPH. Holy cats! Not to be outdone, Neil Walker hit two homers of his own and secured the win for recent New York acquisition J.A. Happ.
Twins 4, Spiders 5 – It was Michael Brantley’s walk-off single that won the game over Happy’s Boys last night. An error committed by the Designated Creep didn’t help matters any. (Did I do it right, Happy?) How good is the Cleveland pitching staff, though, that your staff ace gives up four earned runs and STILL has an ERA under 2.74 for the evening? Man, that Klubot is good even when he’s bad.
Padres 8, Brewers 4 – Rough night for the Brew Crew unless your name was Jonathan Schoop, who was involved in every Brewers scoring situation. For San Diego, Hunter Renfroe hit a three run homer in the ninth inning off of the usually decent Corey Knebel, whose ERA is now way over 4.00.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 8 – OK, so I know that Rick Porcello is currently 14-5 and he’s a former Cy Young Award winner but I will go to my grave thinking that he is the luckiest guy in baseball. I will never accept his CY victory and you could throw a Teddy Ruxpin out there on the mound with that Red Sox offense and get a W. But Porcello was given the loss last night, with good reason, as he allowed seven earned runs in only four innings. But it wasn’t all bad for Boston; Mookie Betts hit for the cycle last night!
Orioles 4, Rays 5 – Pop quiz, hot shot! Name a pitcher for either of these teams who isn’t Sergio Romo! YOU CAN’T! Only the most die-hard among us would be able to identify any members of the pitching staff that came out to the mound last night. I literally only know one of the Orioles pitchers, Mike Wright, Jr., because I heard his name on the radio the other day. That’s it! The molasses slow season for Baltimore keeps on oozing along, and Chris Davis – he of the $161 million dollar contract – is currently hitting a disgusting .159. We’re going to have to rename the Mendoza Line soon, guys. Oh, and for Tampa, it was Jake Bauers’ night, with three runs, including the go-ahead in the seventh.