Prof: It’s your friendly neighborhood Professor here. I gave Scout the day off. It’s Friday, and you know what that means. No rhyme or reason for these Girl Power tunes, except that I love all of these songs. Hope you enjoy at least one of them.
White Sox 5, Spiders 4 – First things first, the Cleveland Browns football team actually won a game for the first time in roughly twelve centuries. Of course, this means the Cleveland baseball team would get the Browns’ losing mojo transferred over. The White Sox won despite a starting performance from James Shields. He wasn’t even the worst pitcher in the stadium, believe it or not; that dubious honor belongs to Josh Tomlin, who allowed four runs in four innings as opposed to Big Lame James, who only gave up two in six.
Phillies 3, Braves 8 – THE MAGIC NUMBER IS FOUR. With this crucial win over divisional rivals and the only competition to the NL East crown, the Braves have dropped the magic number to four. Glorious! It started out a bit slow but then the Atlanta offense got really hot, really quick. It started with a Dansby Swanson bases loaded walk, and ended with an Ender Inciarte single bringing Dans home. It also helped that the bullpen held up their end of the bargain this time around, with Chad Sobotka throwing eleven pitches in the ninth and nine of those pitches being strikes. Hot dog, this is fun!
Red Sox 11, Yankees 6 – A come from behind victory on enemy soil and Boston clinches the AL East crown. Luke Voit continued his Hercules in New York impersonation by hitting a two run homer, but the Yankees could not stop Mookie Betts. Actually, very few people can stop Mookie Betts, so there you go. Betts went 4-5 with five RBI on the evening.
Angels 3, Athletics 21 – I love this gif, as you know, and it accurately illustrates my feelings about this game once I took a look at the box score. This is what my dad would have called a “behind the woodshed whoopin'”. I mean, peep this – Marcus Semien had three hits and five RBI. Stephen Piscotty hit a three run homer and an RBI single. Oakland left fielder Nick Martini (fun fact – Mr. Martini comes from Crystal Lake, IL. Wonder if he goes camping with Jason Voorhees?) went 3-6 with 2 RBI. Matt Chapman had 2 RBI. Your mother could have suited up and gotten 2 RBI. Lost in all of this was a Mike Trout home run. Poor lamb, can’t even win for losing.
Reds 4, Marlins 2 – MY SMALL SON, EVERYONE. The man of the hour, the myth, the legend, Scooter Gennett. 2-3, including a home run, with all four of Cincinnati’s runs.
Rays 8, Blue Jays 9 – Rowdy Tellez is something else, y’all. Toronto’s rookie first baseman went 2-4 with 3 RBI, including a second inning home run. The kid is currently hitting .385 and making waves in the American League as one to watch.
Royals 8, Tigers 11 – A big night for El Tigres. Christin Stewart, a young left fielder for Detroit so fresh that he doesn’t even have a photo up on the ESPN player site, mashed two dingers and had six ribbies. Wow!
Mets 5, Nationals 4 F/12 – BONUS MUSIC – not a girl power tune, but related to this game.
Do you never rest
Fighting the battle of who could care less
That’s all right I guess
About a dozen pitchers, give or take, took the mound for each team last night. Max Scherzer went seven innings, struck out thirteen. However, he coughed up back to back homers (one of them to Michael Conforto – someone please save him from this miserable fate). Jay Bruce was the other tater masher, and he also hit an RBI single in the eighth. Bryce Harper was ejected from the game for arguing a called third strike. Apparently it was so egregious that Mets radio announcers were peeved for Harper’s sake. Um. That’s no bueno.