Scouts: I hope you are all ready for another wonderful week! I know I am not. Thanks for you all for sticking with me last week, and a special thank you to Prof for helping picking up my slack. I had a pretty encompassing project at work that was taking up 9+ hour meetings every day, and then had to travel to perform some training on the new project. Thankfully the bulk of it is over and hopefully things can start to return to normal a little around here. Maybe. Why don’t we start the week off a little mellow with some good old Van Morrison.
Nationals 3, Cubs 4 – Scouts: What started as a wonderful pitchers duel between Cole Hamels and Max Scherzer ended in a grand slam MLB.com’s hype machine won’t let you forget. Down 3-0, with 2 outs in the 9th, the bases loaded, and a 2-2 count pinch-hitter David Bote rocked Wrigley’s World hitting the sort of grand slam all kids dream of while playing Whiffle Ball in the back yard of one of the neighbor kids yards.
Red Sox 4, Orioles 1 – Prof: Well, gosh. Chris Sale racked up 12 strikeouts in his first game off the DL. He had the good fortune of playing against the garbage fire pretending to be a major league team. The one and only bright spot for the Orioles came from the bat of Trey Mancini, a sac fly which brought home rookie player Cedric Mullins.
Rangers 2, Yankees 7 – Scouts: Didi Gregorius did it both with the glove and with the bat, making a pretty fine play in the top of 5th, and going out and smacking a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame.
Rays 1, Blue Jays 2 – Scouts: Kevin Pillar hit a pinch-hit double and scored on a pretty aggressive base-running play to pretty much single-handedly win this game.
Twins 2, Tigers 4 – Scouts: Matthew Boyd went 6 strong innings, holding the Twins to a single run as the Tigers took the swing game and the series.
Diamondbacks 9, Reds 2 – Prof: The Gritty Snakes went yard five times, Goldy twice, as they absolutely creamed the Reds with no mercy.
Mets 4, Marlins 3 – Prof: I look at the Feesh roster and while some of the names look familiar, it just seems sad. It also seems counter-intuitive to keep J.T. Realmuto on the bench, but his replacement at backstop, Bryan Holaday, did well for himself. He went 2-4 with two RBI. The hapless Mets found some hap after all, giving Thor a win. Michael Conforto hit a solo dinger.
Brewers 7, Braves 8 – Scouts: – Atlanta was able to re-enter a tie for first place and all it took was homers from Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, and Ronald Acuna Jr.
Spiders 9, White Sox 7 – Prof: You guys know I try to talk about players that don’t get a lot of national press. Even though he was on the losing side of the evening, Adam Engel should be proud of his play. The White Sox center fielder went 3-4, had three RBI and solo homer, which capped off a week in which he successfully robbed three home runs. A tip of the cap to Mr. Engel. As far as winners go, Cookie Carrasco struck out nine in seven innings.
Mariners 4, Astros 3 F/10 – Prof: A battle of two teams trying to claw their way to the top of the AL West. Seattle sweeps Houston. Ryon Healy hit a game tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, while Mitch Haniger’s double drove in the decisive run in the tenth.
Cardinals 8, Royals 2 – Scouts: Yadier Molina broke it open in the 7th, tying the game at 2 a piece. After that, the route was on and a once closely contested match-up turned into a laugher fast.
Dodgers 3, Rockies 4 – Prof: This ended rather mildly. With the bases loaded, Chris Iannetta walked, which brought home DJ LeMahieu and won the game. That’s right; the Dodgers walked the winning run.
Phillies 3, Padres 9 – Prof: The Padres did it up big at Petco. Despite two errors a piece by each team, it was the Padres who rose to the occasion. Freddy Galvis hit a grand slam in the third inning and outfielder Travis Jankowski stole four bases.
Pirates 3, Giants 4 – Scouts: Dereck Rodriguez is vying pretty hard for Rookie of the Year. Days like today will certainly help, as Rodriguez held Pittsburgh to 2 hits and 1 run over 7 very strong innings.
A’s 8, Angels 7– Prof: Big night for Jed Lowrie, who went 2-4 with a two run homer and now has 1,000 hits for his career. Oakland is going gangbusters, having won nine in eleven tries. They are currently 70-48 on the season, only three back from the Astros and very much in the hunt for the pennant.