Prof: Today’s musical selection is a bit obscure. While I’m not a huge fan of this band on the whole, Anberlin came out with an album called “Cities” in 2007 which became one of my favorites. In the interests of trying to post music y’all might not be familiar with, I’m posting a few of the songs I like most in today’s recap.
Giants 2, Mets 1 F/13 – Prof: The Mets keep finding a way to be stupid, I swear. The left fielder and the shortstop must have been wearing industrial strength magnets, as they ran into each other, causing the shortstop to drop the ball and allow Andrew McCutchen to score the winning run. If you can find video of this stupid play, watch it and feel bad for Mets fans.
Rangers 0, Athletics 9 – Scouts: Oakland was the complete package in this one, allowing just 3 hits, while racking up 9 runs. Mike Fiers went 7 very strong, 1 hit innings, and Ramon Laureano hit a pair of homers as Oakland is looking really strong in the West these days.
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 3 – Scouts: The Dodgers are in quite a bit of a lull right now, and if they don’t get it together really soon, they will find themselves the best team sitting at home come playoff time. Closer Kenley Jansen made his return yesterday, only to be welcomed by a blown save, a loss, and a pair of solo homers given up. He also wakes up to find his team currently two games back to the, you guessed it, Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot. A extremely costly inning indeed.
Astros 4, Mariners 7 – Scouts: Robinson Cano is officially back, after launching a three-run homer in the 8th to put the M’s up for good in this one. Houston is suddenly looking extremely vulnerable.
Braves 1, Pirates 0 – Prof: Yet another young kid literally old enough to be my son made his pitching debut for the Braves last night. This time, it was Bryse Wilson, a kid who was pitching for his high school team two years ago. Wilson, 20, was called up Monday morning and ended up winning his MLB debut on foreign soil (that is, Pittsburgh). Chris Archer – another pitcher that the Braves had been rumored to be after – left the game early after tweaking an injury during an at-bat. Archer gets the loss as he had given up an RBI single to Nick Markakis in the first inning.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 5 – Scouts: Kendrys Morales hit a pair of homers and the O’s got one game closer to that top draft pick I’m sure they will screw up.
Spiders 5, Red Sox 4 – Prof: Rick Porcello is back to his old tricks, but I’m going to give him a pass because he was hit by a line drive. It’s just that afterwards he coughed up a huge home run to a Cleveland player named Greg Allen. Who is that? I’ve been paying attention to the Magical Team from Cleve all season and I don’t recall this guy at all. Anyway, Porcello gets the loss, and the Klubot gets the win and a share of glory as he is now tied for most wins in the majors (sixteen).
Royals 0, Rays 1 – Prof: In a matchup between two boring teams, the winner is the one who falls asleep last. I guess in this case it was the Tampa Bay Sea Creatures, as a single from Willy Adames drove home Joey Wendle.
White Sox 8, Twins 5 – Scouts: The Twin’s number 5 prospect had himself a rough outing, lasting just 1.1 innings, and allowing 4 runs. Matt Davidson picked up 3 RBI, including a two-run homer.
Reds 2, Brewers 5 – Prof: Before we get into last night’s matchup, let’s talk about Homer Bailey. I always find it amazing that Bailey has two no-hitters and is such a terrible pitcher overall. His no-hitters prove that on any given day any major league player has what it takes to be a hero. Especially when you think about his performance this season: Bailey is currently 1-11 and has an ERA of 6.21. We all know wins/losses are bogus, but if you’re like me you can use it as shorthand. I mean, obviously you look at the other stats as well, but very rarely does a good pitcher have a record like 1-11, no matter what other circumstances there are. Also, Homer Bailey is 32 years old and he looks like Bizarro Gary Cooper in High Noon. ANYWAY. So many home runs from both sides – for Cincinnati it was Phillip Ervin and Eugenio Suarez; for Milwaukee it was Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich.