Prof: Let’s play a game. Did I pick today’s music, or did Scout?
Padres 2, Rockies 6 – Prof: This game has an unlikely hero in Tony Wolters. The Colorado catcher went 1-3, it’s true, but that’s not the whole story. Wolters hit an RBI triple in the second, scored in that same inning off a wild pitch, and hit a sac fly in the eighth which drove home Ian Desmond. It’s the very definition of small ball and I love it.
Angels 1, D’backs 5 – Scouts: Clay Buchholz was at it again, picking up his 6th win in the last 7 games. Clay threw for 7 scoreless giving up just 4 hits, striking out 7. Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta each hit a two-rum homer to complete the two game sweep.
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1 – Scouts: Another day, another disappointing loss for the Dodgers, with the bullpen failing them once again. St. Louis picked up homers from Tyler O’Neill and Paul Dejong in the 8th and 9th innings, completing the first sweep in LA for the Cards since 2006.
Orioles, Blue Jays 6 – Scouts: The Rookies were on in Toronto. David Hess had a perfect game broken up by a single in the 5th, while Thomas Pannone carried a no-hitter until the 7th. It wasn’t until the 8th inning, when Toronto blew the doors off it with a 5 run inning that they really pulled away from sad-sack Baltimore.
Twins 3, White Sox 7 – Prof: Five runs in the fifth inning was what put Chicago over the top, kicked off by a two run homer from Adam Engel.
Reds 0, Brewers 4 – Prof: Alas, my small son was unable to do anything in the old hometown last night, as it was all Christian Yelich, all the time. Yelich homered in the first, drove in a run in the sixth and was 4-4 overall. This win puts them only one game back of division leader Chicago.
Rangers 4, A’s 2 – Scouts: Shin-Soo Choo snapped Texas’ 19 inning run drought with a homer in the first. Mike Minor went 6 scoreless innings, and Oakland finally was reminded what it feels like to lose.
Astros 10, Mariners 7 – Prof: Say it with me, friends: the win-loss stat is garbage. You all know I like Charlie Morton but he gets the win after coughing up six runs in five innings. And that’s only because his Seattle counterpart hacked up eight in three. No one wins here, if we’re honest. On the offensive side, big mood from Martin Maldonado and Tyler White, who both went 3-5 with a homer.
Phillies 7, Nationals 8 – Scouts: Continuing the role of spoiler, Ryan Zimmerman smacked a two-run walk-off homer to bring a little joy to Washington.
Braves 2, Pirates 1 – Prof: Another game, another leadoff home run from Wonderboy Ronald Acuña Jr. This is, what, the millionth in his young career? Only light hyperbole here, folks. Anyway, the tiebreak belonged to the defacto captain, the forever current franchise MVP Freddie F’n Freeman, whose sac fly drove home Adam Duvall in the eighth inning. Another feel good story: Jonny Venters, who had nearly retired after Tommy John surgery, got his first save of the season and his first in over seven years.
Spiders 4, Red Sox 10 – Prof: The Red Sox’s pod people finally departed Fenway as Boston gave the Magical Land of Cleve a parting gift of a big ol’ L. It was a Homer-palooza, like many other games have been this season; in fact the only Cleveland runs were scored off of Edwin Encarnacion homers.
Cubs 8, Tigers 2 – Prof: Jon Lester went 5 and 2/3 innings with only one earned run, and the Chicago bats finally got their pop back with a three run fifth and four run ninth. David Bote continues to impress and will make things on the North Side really interesting when Kris Bryant is finally cleared to return.
Giants 3, Mets 5 – Scouts: The Mets did not Met themselves for once, smacking three homers, riding a strong 6 from Noah Syndergaard.
Yankees 3, Marlins 9 – Prof: The Feesh are out here playing spoiler. Or, perhaps, Lance Lynn just turned into a pumpkin. Lynn coughed up five earned runs in the sixth after having had five shutout innings previously.
Royals 3, Rays 6 – Scouts: Not really much to say about this one. Brandon Lowe and Mallex Smith split four of the Rays’ 6 RBI on the night.