Scouts: Not too much to talk about today. Guess we are at an end of Summer lull, just waiting for the season to change. There was a bit of a fight in L.A. Some rookies did some pretty cool things. And Puerto Rico finally got power back, just in time for hurricane season.
Diamondbacks 6, Rangers 4 – Scouts: Patrick Corbin threw 7 innings allowing just three runs. Paul Goldschmidt and Alex Avila both homered. That’s pretty much how Arizona expects to win ballgames.
Pirates 2, Twins 5 – Scouts: The Twins have won 15 of their last 19 games at home. It’s a shame it took them this long to finally wake up. Hopefully this is something they can build upon for next season.
Rockies 5, Astros 1 – Prof: Nolan Arenado was the DH in this game. It was a good choice; he hit a two run homer in the sixth off of Justin Verlander and it was all a Rocky Mountain High from there.
Blue Jays 6, Royals 5 – Scouts: Kevin Pillar hit a two run homer in the 8th that was the deciding factor in this one.
Nationals 4, Cardinals 6 – Prof: John Gant, the pitcher of record for St. Louis, had never connected on a hit before. That is, until he matched up against Gio Gonzalez. Suddenly, John Gant was the newest member of the “Chicks Dig The Long Ball” Squad, with a two run solid home run in the second inning. Washington tried in the eighth to get a rally going, with a two run homer from Bryce Harper and an RBI single from Daniel Murphy, but it was too little, too late.
Mariners 2, Athletics 3 – Scouts: Mike Fiers held the Mariners to 2 runs over 6 innings, but the loss wasn’t the biggest blow to Seattle. James Paxton was hit in the arm by a comebacker in the first and had to leave. Felix Hernandez came on in relief and pitched pretty well considering, but the loss of Paxton could be devastating for the Mariners.
Giants 2, Dodgers 1 – Scouts: Benches cleared in this one as Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley got into it after a foul ball in the 7th. Seems Puig slapped at the bat after the foul, and Hundley pulled the bullshit “showing up the pitcher so we gotta fight” mantra, and well, we all know it doesn’t take much to push Puig over the edge. Puig shoved Hundley twice, then ducked around teammates for a third slap/shove thing. There was some pushing and shoving and a few guys ended up on the ground, but nothing too major came of it. Both players were ejected, and Hundley was pretty irate over it, arguing that he didn’t throw a punch, but you can clearly read the lips of the home plate umpire saying “You started it.” The game itself ended up being pretty mundane otherwise. Alen Hanson singled in both of the Giant’s runs, one in the second, one in the 9th. Manny Machado had a single RBI to tie it up in the 8th.
Angels 7, Padres 3 – Scouts: Taylor Ward made his MLB debut and went a very strong 2-3 with an RBI as the Angels took another one in San Diego. Justin Upton remained hot, going 3-5 with a two-run homer.
Brewers 7, Cubs 0 – Prof: Lots of interesting things in this game. Jhoulys Chacin went seven and struck out ten Cubs. There were four Milwaukee dingers and two of them were hit by Ryan Braun (one of which was a super impressive 433 foot monster). On Chicago’s side, the normally mild-mannered Ben Zobrist was ejected from the game. Why? Because he told the home plate umpire that bad calls like the one Zobrist believed he got was why players wanted an electronic strike zone. Touchy much, Blue?
Mets 3, Orioles 6 – Prof: Good lord, how bad do you have to suck to be doubled up by the Orioles? To have Chris Davis – who laughs at the Mendoza Line – absolutely crush a homer off of you? Man, the Mets stink on toast.
Rays 1, Yankees 4 – Scouts: Things haven’t been looking so good in New York recently. CC Sabathia is on the DL, Luis Severino has been slumping, so the Yanks really needed J.A Happ to step up, and boy did he. He went 7 shutout inning, allowing just one hit to the Rays who are surprisingly a game over .500 even with the loss.
Red Sox 2, Phillies 1 – Prof: Rick Porcello must have heard about my trashing of him from the last time he took the mound, because he kicked ass and took names last night. Porcello went seven innings, struck out ten, and even had a hit in the game. Brock Holt hit a pinch-hit homer to win the game.
White Sox 6, Tigers 3 – Prof: Lucas Giolito somehow dug himself out of a hole and secured a win in this matchup of AL Central also-rans. Jose Abreu continues to be better than the White Sox deserve.
Spiders 8, Reds 1 – Prof: Corey Kluber gets W number 15, while Jose Ramirez hit his 36th homer of the season.
Marlins 6, Braves 10 – Prof: Ronald Acuna, Jr. is the way, truth, and light. He is the youngest player in the history of baseball to homer in five straight contests. He actually hit two bombs last night, but he wasn’t the only Brave to go yard. Freddie Freeman reminded everyone why he’s forever the leader of this group with a blast to center which tied the game up in the sixth inning. Atlanta is now two games up in the NL East.