Scouts: Batten down the hatches. A series, yes a series of hurricanes are headed this way. Please be careful if you live anywhere on the East Coast, as it may get pretty ugly. As a result, I expect a ton of baseball to get PPD, which will make things interesting as we are coming to the end of the road here. Not a lot of off days and the schedulers and their assistants will have to get creative to get these game in. Expect much team beef as someone invariably will be unhappy with how a game gets rescheduled.
Astros 3, Tigers 2 – Prof: Justin Verlander got the win at Comerica Park. How many times had we read that sentence over the years? However, this time, it was not for Detroit. Verlander is still beloved by the Tiger faithful and they cheered him even though he struck out ten of their own guys. That’s some Chase Utley-in-Philly type of behavior.
Dodgers 6, Reds 10 – Prof: The Reds have been eliminated from any playoff hopes, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t play spoilers. My small son Scooter Gennett went 4-5 with three RBI, Eugenio Suarez had a solo homer, and Joey Votto had an RBI double on his birthday. (Happy birthday to the World’s Sassiest Canadian!)
Spiders 5, Rays 6 – Scouts: The Rays who have nothing left to play for but pride, sure earned themselves some of that. The teams are remarkably close in record, yet have a pretty different post-season outlook due to the nature of divisions in baseball. It almost makes you think how different things would be if there weren’t divisions, and simply the top X teams get into the playoffs. Oh well. Ji-Man Choi smacked a two run homer in the 9th to walk this one off for the Rays.
Brewers 3, Cubs 2 – Prof: It’s a nailbiter in the NL Central. The Brewers and Cubs, longtime rivals, are within a game of each other for the lead, and this is their last series against each other. It’s possible that these games are the most important ones left in their schedules. This was a game all about small ball; sac flies and singles led the way until Carl Edwards Jr. had a wild pitch and caused Mike Moustakas to score the winning run in the sixth.
Yankees 7, Twins 2 – Scouts: Surprisingly, this game was scoreless into the 6th, when Gary Sanchez blasted an absolute bomb of a homer, 460 feet deep. The blast woke up the Yankees who then rallied for 6 runs in the 7th.
White Sox 3, Royals 4 F/10 – Scouts: The Orioles get a half game closer to locking down that number 1 draft pick as the Royals walked it off on a Brian Goodwin double, and a throwing error on the ensuing bunt attempt.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 8 – Prof: It was a three run homer off the bat of Matt Adams that sealed the deal for the Redbirds.
Diamondbacks 2, Rockies 13 – Prof: Right now Colorado has the lead in the NL West, up on Los Angeles by a game and a half and Arizona by 3.5 games. This game of course helps the Rox with their cause, as an explosive sixth and seventh inning steamrolled the Gritty Snakes. Trevor “The Neverending” Story as well as David “No Nickname Yet” Dahl hit three-run homers.
Rangers 5, Angels 2 – Scouts: Mike Minor gave up 1 in 6 and the Rangers got a much needed win. It feels like they’ve had a pretty tough go of it lately. They always seem to be on the bitter end of a brutal match-up.
Braves 4, Giants 1 – Scouts: Sean Newcomb gave the Braves 6 strong innings as the Giants reached a 9 game losing streak.
Nationals, Phillies – PPD
Marlins, Mets – PPD