Prof: As the flip side to my high school Cool Britannia days, I offer today’s musical selections, decidedly uncool Britannia. Yes, Britpop. If there’s anything I like more than folks from the UK playing grungy guitars and ripping off the Beatles, it’s lads singing in the time honored tradition of a boy band. My favorite is the British stalwart, Take That. Still going strong well after twenty years, Take That had a minor hit when I was in high school and I have been a fan ever since. Come with me and Gary, Mark, Howard, Jason, and Robbie on a musical journey! Bonus fun: guess which one I’ve had a long term terrible crush on!
Astros 5, Tigers 4 – Prof: The fourth inning was the exciting one in this matchup if you’re a Tigers fan. However, all around, it was homer-palooza for Houston’s finest. So many home runs.
Nationals 3, Phillies 1 (Game 1) – Prof: Game one of the doubleheader due to weather and the Nats were ready to play. Spencer Kieboom was ready to play, too; having hit his first Show bomb in the fifth inning after allegedly spitting out a tooth! That’s hard core, you guys. The Phillies, who just a few days ago seemed to be the masters of their own destiny, keep sliding more and more every day, allowing the NL East crown to slip from their grasp. With this win, the Nats get back to .500. However, there’s another game to play…
Nationals 7, Phillies 6 F/10 (Game 2) – Prof: And now the Nats are over .500 because they’ve swept the Phils in this doubleheader. I guess I have to say thanks to the Curly Dubs (and SomeGuy!) for helping my guys retain the lead in the NL East. Anyway, about this game: Juan Soto is making his case for Rookie of the Year with an RBI double, an RBI homer and a solo game winning dinger in the tenth inning.
Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 7 – Scouts: Big shock, the Sox win again. All 7 runs came in the 7th and 8th innings, clinching a postseason berth off a Brock Holt pinch-hit three-run homerun.
Yankees 5, Twins 10 – Scouts: New York could not overcome Joe Mauer’s grand-slam in the 5th, and does not appear to be ready to overcome anyone in the playoffs. There’s still time to get things together, but they gotta start playing better soon or they won’t last very long.
Brewers 0, Cubs 3 – Scouts: Jose Quintana did what he does best. Shut down the Brewers. Quintana allowed just 3 hits over 6.2 innings and the Cubbies are on a roll.
White Sox 3, Royals 6 – Scouts: KC wins again, playing some old school ball. A little bit of speed, some quality defense, and some solid starting pitching. Brad Keller went 7 strong giving up just 1 run on 4 hits.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 11 – Scouts: A big win helps keep the Cards 3 games up for the final Wild Card spot as the Dodgers and D-Backs look at them from above.
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3 – Scouts: We are starting to get into no can lose terratory for Arizona, who takes a pretty key win against Colorado. The Colorado/Arizona/LA fight looks like it will come down to the finish and it’s entirely possible only one team will make it in.
Dodgers 1, Reds 3 – Prof: Why can’t the Dodgers beat the Reds? Because they can’t. Los Angeles is 0-6 against Cincinnati. This is wild. The insurance run was delivered by my small, tiny, adorable child. They didn’t even have to play Joey Votto to get this result. Get your minds right, LA. How can you wear the crown if you get beaten by clowns?
Athletics 3, Orioles 2 – Prof: I was supposed to have gone to this game (I had a gratis ticket). But I was tired, it was gloomy, I left my ticket at home, and I knew that this game was probably going to stink. Yeah. I didn’t miss anything. Mike Fiers racks up another win. Alex Cobb started strong but he aggravated a blister and had to leave the game in the second inning. Would things be different if Cobb had stayed in? Who knows. I think so; it was Mike Wright Jr. who coughed up all three runs in the third inning, but you never know.
Marlins 5, Mets 3 – Prof: Jacob deGrom pitched an absolutely beautiful game and still got that L hung on him. The Mets ace went 7 innings, rung up nine, only allowed two runs, and still lost. I know, I know… the Mets had only hit one and therefore they were losing when deGrom left the bump but what more can this dude do? He has to pitch a perfect game every time he takes the field, PLUS get an RBI? Do better for your man, New York. He currently has a 1.71 ERA for the year. THE YEAR. That’s the lowest earned run average in the entire league at the moment, and he’s still probably going to be rooked come awards season because he’s playing for the Mets. Garbage. Complete and utter garbage. Oh, and the only person not named Jacob deGrom who is worth a solid dollar is Michael Conforto, who once again hit a homer and attempted to give a damn. Please save both of these men.
Spiders 2, Rays 0 – Prof: Baby, baby, baby, ohhhhh! Shane Bieber is really making his name known as a pitcher of record. 6 2/3 innings, zero earned runs, eleven strikeouts. That’s pretty dang good. Yan Gomes and Edwin Encarnacion both hit solo homers.
Rangers 0, Angels 1 – Scouts: LA went to the pen early and often in this one. Eight, count them 8 relievers combined to shutout the Rangers, and even had a no-hitter going until Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled off Blake Parker in the 8th.
Padres 2, Mariners 1 – Scouts: Yea, the Mariners are pretty much done this season, but it was still a pretty good season for them. They are now 8.5 back of Oakland for the last WC spot. In the end, they just didn’t have quite enough to get them over the hump.
Braves 4, Giants 1 – Scouts: Mike Foltynewicz (That’s still an incredibly difficult name to type) pitched himself a gem lastnight. He played around with a shutout before finally allowing one through in the 9th. He did end up with a complete game however and allowed just 6 total hits.