Prof: Starting today, I’m going to be on yet another business trip. This one is out west! I’m very excited; this will be to a state I’ve never been to before. Because of this, I’m going to choose the music again today since Scout will be doing a few of these solo this week. I’m choosing tunes from one of my all time favorite bands, The Who.
Yankees 4, Rays 1 – Scouts: New York still has to fight for home field advantage in the Wild Card game, so here they are. Brett Gardner won it with a single off the bench, then a nice catch at the wall. Didi Gregorius seems to think he’ll return before the season ends.
Marlins 3, Nationals 7 – Prof: Rejoice, SomeGuy! Bryce Harper has hit the RBI Century Mark with a sac fly to left which scored Adam Eaton. Anthony Rendon had four RBI, including a home run. Juan Soto and Matt Wieters also hit solo dingers.
Astros 5, Blue Jays 3 – Scouts: Houston lowered their magic number down to 2 after back-to-back homers by Brian McCann and Josh Reddick and a solid performance by Dallak Keuchel.
Orioles 2, Red Sox 6 – Prof: Boston has broken their long standing franchise record of wins for a season. The previous record was 105 wins held by the 1912 Red Sox. This victory over league worst Baltimore gives Boston 106 wins. Dylan Bundy had been all right, but then he decided to flirt with disaster with a fastball served up to Brock Holt which started the whole shebang.
Pirates 5, Cubs 1 – Prof: Bless his heart, Cole Hamels tried. He gave up two in the first innings, but took one back in the third with a solo home run off of eventual game winner Jameson Taillon. It was that Hamels’ teammates let him down, with no other Cubs getting on the board.
Spiders 4, White Sox 0 – Prof: The Klubot currently sits at 20 wins for the season. He also had eleven punch-outs in this game. I’m sure you’ve seen this already but the Magical Land of Cleve have made history by being the first team to have four pitchers strike out 200 in a single season. Those pitchers are – the Klubot, Cookie Carrasco, noted drone enthusiast Trevor Bauer, and my favorite hippie Mike Clevinger. That’s a mighty fine staff they’ve got there in Cleveland.
Brewers 6, Cardinals 4 – Scouts: The Brew Crew lowered their magic number to 3 after a costly error in the 8th, was followed up with a terrible pickoff by Bud Norris, allowing Eric Thames to score the winning run.
Phillies 1, Rockies 10 – Prof: The Phillies fell so far. With this loss, they are now at .500. The Rockies, however, keep chasing the carrot, and this win helped a little bit. Of course, they are hoping the Diamondbacks help them on the journey. More on that in a moment, but let’s talk about this win. This game was so bad for the Phillies that they walked a run in, with the bases loaded. Twice. Once was the pitcher. Woof.
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 4 – Scouts: Manny Machado drove in a pair of late RBI’s to give the Dodgers the lead for good in the 9th, and to move LA a little bit closer to the playoffs.
Rangers 4, Angels 5 F/11 – Scouts: Jose Briceno walked it off with a homer in the 11th to put a end to this one. Shohei Ohtani also homered for the Angels.
Athletics 7, Mariners 3 – Scouts: Oakland clinched their first playoff berth since 2014 when the Rays lost to the Yankees, but the A’s went out and put up a win anyways. Oakland is now 61-26 since June 15th and should have a lot of teams very, very concerned.
Padres 5, Giants 0 – Yuck. Nothing exciting happened. Pretty much all I can say about this matchup between two bottom dwellers.