Scouts: Sorry for the late post today folks. I got a late start today and well, everything has sort of dominoed.
Phillies 4, Nationals 10 – Scouts: I suppose the Nats can at least play the role of spoilers. They are pretty much done on the season, but will have a lot of games against a lot of quality teams that are going to be neck and neck. Andrew Stevenson was recalled from Syracuse before the game, but the team was unable to get him a flight. So he drove. 6 hours. In the rain. Trust me it was an absolutely horrible drive, I know. Anyways, he survived all this and ended up making it into the game, and in the 6th inning hit his first career homer, a two-run shot to tie the game. Pretty cool story.
Yankees 2, Marlins 1 F/12 – Scouts: Like my Mom used to say, a win is a win is a win. This one went extras and the Yanks really should have whooped up on the Marlins, but at least they got there eventually. Aroldis Chapman left the game after 6 pitches with left knee tendinitis.
Reds 9, Brewers 7 – Scouts: Prof’s love child Scooter Gennett won it with a go-ahead homer in the 9th, a two-run shot that bailed out the bullpen that blew it just the inning prior.
Twins 5, White Sox 2 – Scouts: Boy, Minnesota sure does look good now that they have basically no chance in hell of making the post-season. A three run rally in the 9th was the difference maker here, spoiling a pretty good debut by prospect Michael Kopech.
Padres 4, Rockies 3 – Prof: The Rockies are in a weird slide. Doing just enough to be decent but not enough to win. This isn’t good in the NL West, where the Dodgers and the Gritty Snakes are basically doing the same thing. These teams need to step it up! It was a solo home run from Austin Hedges in the sixth that put San Diego over the top.
Angels 4, Diamondbacks 5 – Scouts: The Gatorade it did flow, as the D-Backs walked off due to an error in the 9th. The Angels basically gave the game away. Jon Jay led the game off getting plunked, then advanced to second on a bunt that wasn’t fielded quickly, and then advanced to third on another bunt attempt. Cam Bedrosian at that point attempted to throw Jay out at third, but instead threw the ball away, and whelp, we have a game lost without even giving up a legitimate hit. (The first bunt was scored a hit, but we all know it was an error.)
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 2 – Scouts: LA needs to get out of this funk, and fast, time is running out quickly. Yadier Molina and Marcell Ozuna both hit two-run homers, and rookie Daniel Poncedeleon held the Dodgers down on 8 strikeouts.
Rangers 0, Athletics 6 – Scouts: Oakland just keeps on rolling. This their second consecutive shutout, this time behind Brett Anderson’s 7 strong innings of 1 hit ball.
Astros 3, Mariners 2 – Scouts: Houston hit into 6 double-plays, yet still manged to win this one. That’s really saying something about something. Houston also survived losing their starter after 1.2 innings pitch, calling in lefty Framber Valdez, who had just been called up after throwing just 2 games in AAA. Valdez gave the Astros 4.1 innings of much needed relief, which not only gave them the chance to win, but saved the rest of the bullpen in the process.
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 8 – Prof: Someone please save Dylan Bundy. This young man is drowning in his failures. I don’t know what happened, but it’s obvious that he’s just done. For Toronto, four solo dingers made the difference here.
Braves 6, Pirates 1 – Prof: Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Kevin Gausman went eight super strong innings giving up no runs and striking out five. Talk about a change. It felt like yesterday when we were wondering what was wrong with Gausman. I can’t help but think that if Dylan Bundy were to be traded somewhere he’d find a career rebirth, too. Anyway, Dansby Swanson – international hair model extraordinaire – hit two homers and had four RBI for the evening.
Spiders 6, Red Sox 3 – Prof: Red Sox out here just summerin’ I guess. The Magical Rookie of Cleve, Shane Bieber, had a shutout working until the seventh inning, when he gave up all of Boston’s three runs. But that didn’t faze the Spiders, who were already up five-nil by that time. Yan Gomes hit the insurance dinger in the eighth.
Cubs 1, Tigers 2 – Prof: Victor Martinez might very well be hanging it up at the end of the season but at least he can say that his team is performing well against the NL Central juggernaut Cubs. Kyle Hendricks was rocked early, having given up two runs in the first inning. While he calmed down a little after that, it was too late. Chicago wasn’t able to score until the sixth inning – an Anthony Rizzo solo shot – and that was all she wrote. But good news for the denizens of the Friendly Confines – they picked up Daniel Murphy on waivers from the Nationals, and he mashes in Wrigley towards the end of the season.
Giants 3, Mets 6 – Prof: Guys, I’m sure Corey Oswalt is a decent human being, but I see that name and get nostalgic for my ol’ boy Roy Oswalt. It just isn’t right, and I don’t like it. Anway, Not Roy is the winner of record after three shutout innings – the Mets, being the Mets, bookended their win with runs given up to San Francisco. On a positive note, rookie Jeff McNeil went 4-4 and drove in a run as well.
Royals 1, Rays 4 – Prof: Blake Snell keeps doing the Lord’s work down in Tampa Bay. As far as the offense, second verse same as the first; Joey Wendle and Willy Adames continues to perform much like Monday.