Prof: Hi, everyone! Much thanks to Scout for holding down the fort while I was off being an important corporate resource at work. I tend to doubt myself on a regular basis so to be in a situation where I’m considered a valuable asset is always weird to me. The only place I feel confident is when I’m talking about baseball…mostly because I know that I know what I’m talking about. Today I’m going to highlight other powerful women in a continuation of our usual Girl Power Friday! These women are all geniuses ahead of their time in certain aspects – when these songs came out, people maybe didn’t appreciate them as much as they should have. Raise your hand if you can relate 🙂
Mariners 7, Athletics 1 – Scouts: Seattle’s been on fire a little lately, their post-season hopes are dwindling fast. If they hope to have any shot at all, they have to start right now. That is much easier than said, considering they are starting a set in Oakland. Well, they got off to a bang, rocking out 5 runs in the first inning en route to a comfy 7-1 win.
Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 1 – Scouts: A big matchup for the two teams, here is were the Dodgers have a real opportunity to make some headway in the division. Unfortunately for them David Peralta and Robbie Ray stood in their way. Peralta smacked a big three-run homer in the 5th, and Robbie Ray and his bullpen were able to keep the runs off the board. Other than Manny Machado going deep again, the Dodgers weren’t able to push through.
Rockies 2, Padres 3 F/13 – Scouts: I can’t decide if the Padres are any good or not. They seem to come up with some pretty big wins against playoff teams, yet they are 30 games below .500. Do they just play up to the level of their opponents? Is there just a vortex of Suck in San Diego that encompasses whoever they play? What the hell gives? Either way, Rookie Franmil Reyes walked it off with a two-out homer in the 13th to once again take away what should have been an easy win from a playoff contender.
Brewers 2, Reds 1 F/11 – Prof: Fresh off of Christian Yelich’s cycle game (and you guys can’t understand how mad I was that he hit a cycle on a day that I was on a plane for much of the evening and therefore didn’t even realize it until I was checking twitter at an airport), the Brewers just barely squeaked by Cincinnati thanks to a Lorenzo Cain solo homer in extras.
Twins 3, Spiders 5 – Scouts: At this point, this is all just Cleveland trying to not get rusty as their playoff picture is pretty locked in place. Jason Kipnis took one for a ride, to the tune of three runs in the 6th, and Mike Clevinger struck out 9 over 6.2 innings.
Tigers 8, Yankees 7 – Prof: First, let’s talk about the Yankees and their late night acquisition of Andrew McCutchen. Whew, you guys. The star power is immense. As I told my Yankees fan friends last night, “you will be assimilated”. But you know who fought back against the mighty Borg Empire? Detroit Rock City, that’s who! Three runs in the ninth inning put the Tigers over the top, thanks to Nico Goodrum hitting a dinger off of Dellin Betances. Hooray for the little guys!
Pirates 0, Cardinals 5 – Prof: What’s going on with pitchers lately? The other day, a Reds pitcher crushed a massive dinger and then last night, St. Louis’ John Galt went yard with a 411 ft homer deep into center field. Not only that, Galt went six strong innings and struck out six to boot. I don’t even care that he’s a Redbird – a pitcher out here doing big things makes my heart happy.
Cubs 5, Braves 4 – Scouts: The Cubs are starting to look unbeatable, and just at the right time. Tommy La Stella hit his first homer of the season, a pinch-hit, go-ahead blast in the 6th.
Red Sox 9, White Sox 4 – Scouts: Mookie Betts, a likely MVP candidate, hit his 29th homer of the season, while J.D. Martinez, who is also a pretty likely MVP candidate went deep for his 39th.
Angels 5, Astros 2 – Prof: SIMBA! Ever since Andrelton Simmons left Atlanta, he found his bat. The Platinum Gloved GOAT went 3-4 and hit a three run double in the sixth inning as the Angels defeated Stex’s gang.