Prof: I sure did miss writing the recaps for y’all. I’ve also missed picking out tunes for us to enjoy every morning. Today I’m going to reach into some hipster stuff. Impress your friends and family by knowing some artists that might be a little more obscure to the average person. At the very least, listen to this opening tune – it’ll start your morning off right. Let’s go!
Astros 2, Rangers 1 – Prof: This wasn’t too exciting of a game; just a simple regular season baseball contest. George Springer did hit a solo shot in the first inning, though.
Cubs 0, Braves 8 – Scouts: Prof’s team finally picks up their first win on the season, and they did it in dominating fashion. Ronald Acuna Jr. went yard in both the first and third innings, while Sean Newcomb and the Braves bullpen shut out the Cubs on 9 hits. Kyle Hendricks only lasted 4.1 innings, giving up 7 runs on 10 hits. Woof.
Brewers 4, Reds 3 – Prof: The Brewers continue to prove that last year was for real with a lava hot start. Christian Yelich might not have hit a home run in this contest (breaking his streak), but he did double in the ninth and scored the winning run off of a Ryan Braun double. Josh Hader keeps chugging along with three saves on the year already. For the Reds, looks like their signing of Derek Dietrich has worked out well for them as he was involved in both Cincinnati scores.
Red Sox 0, Athletics 7 – Scouts: David Price picks up his first loss on the season as Boston struggles to retain last year’s dominance. The season is still young, but this was about as lopsided a loss as Boston’s seen in quite some time.
Diamondbacks 10, Padres 3 – Scouts: Most people will note this game as the first of Merrill Kelly’s young career. I’ll remember it as the first time Adam Jones and Manny Machado faced off against each other. Jones got the better of the matchup on this day, hitting a lead-off homer, his third dinger of the season. I’m still trying to figure out just why no one seemed very interested in him during the off-season, with little to no contract demands. Just a good player looking for a job. Good work Jonesy! You will be missed.
Mets 7, Marlins 3 – Prof: The Mets tried to Met until the seventh inning, when they actually remembered that they have actual good baseball players on their squad. New York actually struck out sixteen times! However, they were merely toying with the Feesh, cranking out a four run ninth capped off by rookie Pete Alonso’s three run homer. The forgotten Mets rotational weapon, Steven Matz, had a good outing – 5.1 innings, six hits but only one earned run. I’m telling you, I’ve liked Matz for a while and I think he still has a great future if he’s got the right support system.
Giants 4, Dodgers 2 – Scouts: Drew Pomeranz and pen were able to stem the Dodger offense at least for one night. After scoring 42 runs in the previous 4 games, the Dodgers were held to just a pair of runs. Brandon Belt was able to surpass that all on his own, with a solo homer in the 6th, and a two run double in the 7th.
Angels 3, Mariners 6 – Scouts: Felix Hernandez looked a little like his old self once more, holding Mike Trout and the Angels to 3 runs over 5.1 innings. Tim Beckham who was just named player of the week continued his tear picking up another two RBI’s as the red-hot Mariners keep on streaking.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 5 F/11 – Prof: The Pirates had this, and then they got soft. And after that, they got lazy. Don’t worry, I’ll explain. In the ninth inning, St. Louis tied it up with a double that drove Paul DeJong home. Into extra innings they go, and a passed ball from Bucs catcher Francisco Cervelli allowed yet another DeJong score. Basically Pittsburgh just needs to keep Paul DeJong off the basepath.
White Sox 3, Spiders 5 – Prof: A bases loaded walk to Roberto Perez was the dagger that the Magical Land of Cleve needed to fend off the Kids from Guaranteed Rate Field. That’s right; Cleveland began the eighth inning down 3-1. Hanley Ramirez started the rally by reaching base on an error and scoring Leonys Martin. It ended with that aforementioned bases loaded blunder. Cleveland wins their home opener and is now .500 for the season.
Tigers 1, Yankees 3 – Prof: The Yankees win…but are the good times over before they even start? Sure this is a loaded team full of young stars, but there have already been two key players gone down due to injury. First it was Giancarlo Stanton, and now Miguel Angujar has a labrum tear in his right shoulder and may even have to have surgery. Add to it losing twice to potentially one of the most pathetic lineups in baseball this season at home and it makes a pretty funky stew.
Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5 – Scouts: David Hess took a no-hitter into the 7th before getting pulled, before getting pulled due to a restricted pitch count on account of injury. Of course pretty much immediately the O’s bullpen started to leak like a sieve. The O’s somehow managed not to completely blow it and hold on for their third win on the season. Trey Mancini and Jonathan Villar both homered for the birds. Chris Davis went 0-3 with two strikeouts and a RBI on a bases loaded walk. By far his best performance on the season!
Rockies 1, Rays 7 – Prof: The Tampa Bay Sea Creatures are already 4-1 this young season. How is that? Part of it is the Opener method, which the Rays employed again yesterday. Starting with former Razorback Ryne Stanek (Woooo! Pig! Sooee!), six different pitchers in total took the bump, with fresh faced Ryan Yarbrough pitching the longest (four innings) and getting the W. The offense? Look to Kevin Kiermaier, who has the prettiest eyes in the AL and second only to Kris Bryant for all of baseball. He and Brandon Lowe homered consecutively.