Prof: Hey, fam. I’m back! Did you miss me? My vacation was woefully too short, if I’m honest. I came back home on Monday actually, but on Tuesday, I had a long put-off trip to the DMV along with other assorted appointments set up. Of course, next week I have a business trip to Salt Lake City for work smack in the middle of the week, so I will miss a couple of days then, too.
It didn’t rain once on me during my trip until I started home. It was beautiful! Now, it was a bit windy at times, overcast on Saturday, but still warm and blue skies most of the time. I spent plenty of time on the beach and read the dumbest book when I wasn’t looking for shells (I found one that wasn’t broken).
I spent most of the weekend unplugged, but I did get to see that Christian Yelich hit for the cycle again (is it a dumb notion to think he might be a good candidate for NL MVP?), the Braves keep losing at home (why?), and this morning I saw that Trevor Story has somehow injured himself and no one knows what his status could be (if he’s done, so are the Rockies).
Let’s see what happened in last night’s games, shall we?
Angels 9, Athletics 7 – Scouts: Kaleb Cowart hit the first Angel grand slam of the year last night. I can’t decide if it is hard to believe or not, that the Angles have gone this long without a grand slam. I’m going to say yea, it’s pretty unexpected.
Rockies 2, Dodgers 3 F/10 – Scouts: The loss of Trevor Story is going to be a pretty big problem for Colorado who have just been barely holding on. LA isn’t sending him any get well soon cards, but is instead focused on the party at home plate when Chris Taylor ended the 10 inning affair with a walk-off homer, giving the Dodgers a 1.5 game division lead over the Rockies.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 3 – Prof: The excitement never ends between one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports. Boston, with their gaudy W-L record, was barely beat out by New York because of two pretty cool things – a Neil Walker three run bomb in the seventh, and a Zach Britton double play in the ninth.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4 – Prof: In “DUH” news, Dylan Bundy got the loss in this game against Toronto. I’m going to assume that he loaded the bases full of Blue Jays when he finally left the bump, but he was only charged for two earned runs. Not quite sure what happened there (I obviously didn’t watch the game). Also, this might be awful but I am rooting for Chris Davis to defeat the smedium prince himself, Dan Uggla, for worst batting average of an everyday player. Uggs rocked a .179. Crush currently has a .171. Come on man! You can do it! Make history, bro!
Mets 2, Phillies 5 – Prof: STEVEN MATZ DID IT AGAIN! The Mets pitcher hit another home run! Now, it was much ado about nothing, really, since they lost by three and Matz got a no decision. For Philadelphia, some timely hits from my main man the Big Buckin’ Chicken, Jorge Alfaro, Wilson Ramos, and Carlos Santana lifted up the Phightins.
Royals 1, Pirates 2 F/11 – Scouts: Jameson Taillon struck out 11 Royals over 7 shutout innings. That helped setup a second consecutive walk-off when Ryan Lavarnway singled in the 11th.
Rays 4, Rangers 0 – Scouts: Blake Snell went 5 scoreless to pickup his 20th win and his 200th strike out. It’s a shame he pitches for the Rays, or there would be some real noise for him in the CY Young.
Twins 5, Tigers 3 – Prof: This was a kind of run of the mill type of game between two AL Central teams that will not make the playoffs. About half the pitching staff came out for Detroit, while Minnesota somehow decided to play Mighty Max Kepler as a bench guy? Of course he didn’t do much on his one and only at-bat but still. Dude’s hitting over .400 right now, you’d think he might be a decent guy to pencil in. Anyway, I want to talk about Jim Adduci. Our friend CC at the other blog apparently has a thing about Jim Adduci actually being from the 80s and I….kinda agree? Wikipedia says he was born in 1985 but there’s no way. Jim Adduci time traveled here from 1985, let’s be real. He looks like he’s my peer. He looks like a sensible dad in Dockers. He looks like a fellow who came in seventh at a Jim Thome look-alike contest. I’m obsessed.
Nationals 4, Marlins 2 – Prof: Stephen Strasburg was on point last night. Eleven strikeouts in six innings, only two earned runs (one of which was a solo homer). The Feesh were spooked by ol’ Royce Harpler, who was walked five times. Really, Miami? Really? You gave him the Bonds treatment? That was ridiculous, considering that most of the damage was done by singles, bunts, and errors.
Cardinals 8, Braves 1 – Scouts: Um, things aren’t looking so swell in Atlanta at the moment. They’ve lost 4 in a row, and still have one more against St. Louis, followed by a 4 game set against the Phillies. The bullpen blew it again allowing 6 runs over the final three innings.
Reds 3, Brewers 1 – Scouts: Michael Lorenzen in his first start since 2015 lasted 4 strong innings allowing just one unearned run, one hit, and one walk for the Reds.
Mariners 0, Astros 7 – Scouts: Josh James shut down the Mariners over 5.1, striking out 7 to pick up his first career victory. Congrats!
White Sox 3, Spiders 5 – Prof: The Magical Land of Cleve had a bit of a top-heavy game, scoring all of their runs by the fifth inning. The Klubot stayed in until the eighth, and gave up three to Chicago before relinquishing the mound to Andrew Miller.
Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 1 – Scouts: Javier Baez and Daniel Murphy each jacked two-run homers, and Anthony Rizzo drove in a pair of his own as the red hot Cubs are starting to look like the Cubs of two years ago.
Giants 5, Padres 4 – Scouts: Hunter Pence, who I have not thought of in like 25 years is apparently still playing baseball. He had a nice 3 RBI day, including a two-run homer in the second.