Prof: Happy Monday, FI Fam. How was your weekend? I chose today’s music. I hope you aren’t too surprised! Emo kids might become adults but we’re rarely well-adjusted. Anyway, I hope that everyone has a great day. Let’s get started.
Yankees 5, Orioles 3 – Scouts: Nothing quite like a trip to Baltimore to help rejuvenate your playoff hopes and aspirations. New York picked up their 8th win out of their last 9 and drop the deficit to a paltry 6 games behind Boston. So close, yet still so far.
Phillies 8, Blue Jays 3 – Scouts: Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana went back-to-back in the first to set the tone for this one. Kendrys Morales went yard for a 7th straight game, one shy of a MLB record.
White Sox 7, Tigers 2 – Prof: Michael Kopech was called up last week and while he pitched well in his first outing, he was foiled by his teammates whose lousy efforts caused him to get a no decision. However, in yesterday’s outing, Kopech continued his impressive debut in the bigs with a win – six innings, one earned run, and four strikeouts. – Scouts:
Nationals 15, Mets 0 – Prof: Well. This was a thing. The Nationals had gone 32 straight innings without scoring, but then Juan Soto’s ground out lead to a Treat Urner run and it was on like Donkey Kong. The eighth inning saw Soto walked with the bases loaded, and Bryce Harper hitting a three RBI double, among other delights. In the ninth inning, Spencer Kieboom was also walked with the bases loaded. What a mess.
Braves 4, Marlins 0 – Scouts: Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Starting pitcher leaves Baltimore and Suddenly looks like a damn Ace. Kevin Gausman went 5 allowing just a single hit setting the bullpen up to complete the shutout over Miami.
Red Sox 1, Rays 9 – Prof: So, it took until August, but the Red Sox was finally swept, and they were swept by the Tampa Bay Sea Creatures. Blake Snell, the forgotten ace, gets his sixteenth win of the season. The only Boston run was off a Mookie Betts sac fly.
Pirates 4, Brewers 7 – Prof: Oh, I remember when Braves Twitter was mad at the front office for choosing Kevin Gausman over Chris Archer, and were upset when Archer went to Pittsburgh. It feels like the Braves made the wise choice. Archer gets another loss after giving up six runs in the third inning with no redemption to be found. Taters mashed by the Moose, Jonathan Schoop, and Manny Piña.
Athletics 6, Twins 2 – Scouts: Matt Chapman went deep twice, helping Oakland complete the series win over the Twins.
Spiders 12, Royals 5 – Prof: This was a good weekend for Jason Kipnis. He hit an inside-the-park homer and four RBI in this game, and hit his 100th home run of his career during this series. It’s a big achievement in Kipnis’ career. Shane Bieber (whose Players’ Weekend Nickname was “Not Justin”) got his eighth win of the season.
Reds 0, Cubs 9 – Prof: David Bote is just killing it. The replacement third baseman is making it difficult for the Cubs to justify sending him back once Kris Bryant comes off the DL. Bote hit an RBI single and a two run homer in this win. The Mighty Schwarbs also hit a two run homer. Homer Bailey took the L, and is now 1-12 on the season. Good god, that’s some kind of terrible.
Cardinals 12, Rockies 3 – Prof: Matt Carpenter… possible NL MVP candidate? I think so. Lately he’s been playing on a different level, and last night was no different. Carpenter hit four doubles in the game and drove in two RBI.
Rangers 1, Giants 3 – Scouts: Steven Duggar left smoke on the base-baths legging out a two-run stand-up triple in the second that you just have to see.
Astros 3, Angels 1 – Scouts: Framber Valdez picked up his first career win as a starter, just 5 days after picking up his first career win as a relief pitcher. All he had to do was hold the Angels to a pair of hits and a single run over 5 innings. The win was Houston’s 5th in a row.
Padres 3, Dodgers 7 – Scouts: Justin Turner racked up 5 RBI on the day, and Manny Machado chiped in with a homer on his end as the Dodgers picked up a much needed series sweep of San Diego. L.A. is still in third place in the division, but is now just 2.5 games back in a race that looks to go down to the wire.
Mariners 2, Diamondbacks 5 – Prof: I did not know this, and I’m impressed – Paul Goldschmidt has now hit thirty homers in the season. My boy Zack Greinke gained a win finally, after a month of trying, and the Gritty Snakes clawed a win out of the Arizona desert.