Prof: The other day I posted some traditional classic rock. Today, I’ve chosen music that is now considered classic rock but is all stuff I listened to when I was a teenager or young woman. It’s still very much my favorite kind of music – I’m sure it comes to no surprise I was a Cool Britannia person. I don’t succumb to snobbery very often but I honestly believed that my high school/college musical taste was a lot better other people’s so it didn’t matter that I was part of the in crowd. Oh, the folly of youth.
Phillies 4, Mets 6 – Scouts: What happened to Philladelphia? It feels like just last week they were crusing along in first place, and now they are 4.5 games back in both the division and wild card chase. And here you are losing a series to the Mets of all people? Just. So sad.
Orioles 3, Rays 8 – Prof: Dear lord, Jimmy Yacabonis is turrible, as Charles Barkley would say. I just looked at his ERA and it’s 6.66. AAAAHHHH THE DEVIL HAS COME TO BALTIMORE AAAAHHHH. OK, I’m sorry, deep breath, Prof. Anyway, taking a look at the Oriole lineup for this game I saw a bunch of has-beens and never wases (if you have ever watched NASCAR, you might remember that phrase from when Kurt Busch openly trolled Jimmy Spencer after a race yeeeeeears ago, before Kurt pinned his ears back). When Jace Peterson is your go-to guy, there’s something wrong. I say this as someone who had Jace Peterson playing every day on my beloved Braves during our dark times. Anyway, enough about Disasterpiece Theatre over there, let’s talk about the Sea Creatures. Did y’all know that Tommy Pham is hitting .312 and has a slugging percentage of .558 right now? I think this speaks not about the Tampa organization but how dysfunctional St. Louis was there for a while.
Cubs, Nationals – PPD
Angels 1, White Sox 0 – Prof: News over the weekend is that Chicago’s rookie pitching sensation Michael Kopech has to have season ending surgery. I’m by no means a White Sox fan, but I am a fan of Kopech, so that is disappointing. Of course, this comes on the heels of the Angels announcing that Shohei Ohtani also has to have major surgery. These two snakebit teams are just one hard luck story after another. A positive for Los Angeles of Anaheim of California of North America is that Andrew Heaney, the pitcher of record, went seven with no earned runs and had 12 strikeouts. Pretty darn good.
Giants 3, Brewers 6 – Prof: This game gave me a moral quandary – when an a-hole does something a-hole-y to another a-hole, who is the bigger a-hole? If you aren’t aware, Madison Bumgarner hit Ryan Braun with a pitch in the sixth inning and from my vantage point it sure looked intentional to me. Now, ever since Braun threw everyone and their mom under the bus after his cheating scandal, I have not been a fan of his and generally don’t care what happens to him, but you guys know about my supernova loathing of MadBum. What’s a hater to do? In the end, it didn’t matter, because Jonathan Schoop hit a grand slam and the Brewers came out on top.
Royals 1, Twins 3 – Scouts: Willians Astudillo picked a hell of a time to crush his first career walk-off homer. With 2 down in the 9th Astudillo smoked a two-run shot that ended in a Gatorade bath and a series win over the Royals.
Dodgers 9, Rockies 6 – Scouts: The Dodgers are one of those teams that will go on very long streaks. When they are up, man they look unbeatable. And when they are down, my god they are terrible. Well they are on a up-swing at just the right time, taking two of three against the Rockies, pulling just a half game back in the division. The two will meet once more before season’s out, and at this point, it’s anyone’s bet who will end up taking the crown.
Spiders 2, Blue Jays 6 – Prof: It seems a tad unfair to saddle Michael Clevinger with the loss. I mean, I get it, Cleveland was losing when he left the game after six innings, but relief pitcher Jon Edwards also gave up three runs in the eighth, and by that time it was difficult for the Tragical Land of Cleve to get hot against known weirdo Ken Giles. It was the Justin Smoak show for Toronto: 2-4, with 3 RBI including a two run homer.
Cardinals 5, Tigers 2 – Prof: John Gant is finding himself out there on the mound lately. Detroit’s Michael Fulmer? Not so much. His ERA has ballooned to an unhealthy 4.69 (nearly a full run above his career average) and he just can’t seem to get outs these days. Historio, Sparty, is this because of the upheaval in pitching coaches from earlier in the season, or do you guys see something wrong with Fulmer’s mechanics?
Yankees 2, Mariners 3 – Prof: It could have gone really rough for Seattle, but Mitch Haniger happened. First, he had the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and in the ninth…well…
Rangers 3, Athletics 7 – Scouts: Oakland just keeps on keeping on. Steady as she goes. Franklin Barreto sparked a 5-run fourth with a two-out RBI that fueled the completion of the series sweep against the Rangers. Oakland holds a commanding 7.5 game lead over the Mariners for the final Wild Card spot and is just 2.5 back of the division against Houston.
Padres 7, Reds 6 – Scouts: It took 92 minutes for the rain to stop, so Eric Hosmer took little time to send the crowd home for the night with a homer to left-center.
Braves 9, Diamondbacks 5 – Prof: AYYYYYYYYYYYYE! When the Braves win the World Series in a few years with this core group of dudes I want Atlanta to send a ring over to former Gritty Snakes GM Dave Stewart, because without him none of this would have been possible. An absolute banger of a ninth inning for the Bravos which saw three home runs, including an Ender Inciarte three-run no-doubter with an eff you bat drop that was just beautiful. Remember, the Braves got Ender, Touki Toussaint (1-2 at the plate, 5 and 2/3 innings pitched with two earned runs) and Dansby Swanson (0-4 but his glove made up for it) from Arizona in the worst trade of my lifetime that I still am giddy about up to three years later.
Astros 5, Red Sox 6 – Scouts: In a potential AL Championship preview, the Red Sox were able to stave off a sweep with a 9th inning walk-off. With two down, Mitch Moreland flared a ball into left for a single. Marwin Gonzalez misplayed the bounce, allowing Tzu-Wei Lin to score the game winner from second.
Marlins, Pirates – PPD