He Said, She Said – Scores and Highlights for 4/16/19

Prof: I know spring is in full force because my allergies are out of control. It’s horrible! That’s one thing I miss about the Frozen Tundra; while I would have some allergic reactions to things on occasion, it didn’t seem nearly as bad as it does now. Who else is sneezy and drippy around here? The other thing that tells me that spring is in the air is that it’s Coachella festival time. Last Sunday Ariana Grande, the current queen of pop, brought out 4 out of 5 N’SYNC members and suddenly I was 19 again. Let’s dance our way through a Wednesday.


 

Red Sox 0, Yankees 8Prof: Sometimes you just have to ask a simple question. That question is – What the actual Eff, Chris Sale? How do you give up hits to Mike Tauchman (career .147 hitter)? Not just hits…a double and a three run homer? How can you do that? Are you ill? Did someone put some poison in your Gatorade? Do you need a chicken to sacrifice to the pitching version of Jabu? What’s going on here? Meanwhile, New York’s James Paxton pitched a twelve K gem in this embarrassment of a game for Boston.

 

Angels 0, Rangers 5Prof: Former Brave Mike Minor gets the W; he’s 2-1 on the season. Minor went all nine and struck out seven, allowing only three hits all game. Joey Gallo hit a monster home run in the sixth inning.

Royals 1, White Sox 5Scouts: Is Yoan Moncada the truth?  Or his he just some passer by in the night?  Moncada launched his first career multi-homer game, with solos in the 3rd and the 5th.

Pirates 5, Tigers 3 F/10 – Prof: Detroit tried to claw their way out, but Pittsburgh ultimately plunged the dagger deep in extra innings. Starling Marte hit a two run homer for the win.

 

Giants 7, Nationals 3Scouts: Things were looking pretty good for Stephen Strasburg and the Nats.  Stras doubled in a run in the second, and was holding the Giants in check.  That is until the 5th, where Evan Longoria and Steven Duggar homered.  Brandon Belt followed with another dinger in the 6th, and that was the ball game.

Mets 3, Phillies 14Prof: Did I mention that the NL East is going to be a slaughterhouse this season? Let me double down on that. I don’t know if this is a victory for Philadelphia or a soul-buckling, spirit-crushing defeat for the Mets. The Phillies had ten runs in the first inning. I mean, you can come back from that, but most people don’t.

The Mets are so bad that it depresses me, and they are my team’s rival. That’s saying something. Let’s think about something good in a Mets uni. Did y’all see that gif comparing Jacob deGrom and the great Pedro Martinez? You haven’t? Well, you have now. Take a gander and try to keep your head from exploding.

Orioles 2, Rays 4Prof: Tampa’s Tyler Glasnow is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.13. Must’ve been hanging out with Blake Snell during the off-season because that laser focus rubbed off on him. What’s sad is that Baltimore started out strong, then Dylan Bundy forgot how to hold a lead and gave up three in the fourth inning. Glasnow tightened up and didn’t allow any other runs, and the Birds were grounded.

Rockies 8, Padres 2Scouts: Jon Gray was hearing the music last night, going 7 strong, allowing just a single run on 3 hits.  Nolan Arenado homered again as Colorado is starting to pick up the pace.

Astros 9, Athletics 1Scouts: Remember when there was a bunch of fear and doubt over Houston and if they were going to be any good this year?  Well, after Houston’s 10th consecutive victory, we can put those fears to bed.  Houston no longer looks like the team that was 2-5 before their run.  Alex Bregman provided the largest spark on the night, a Grand Slam  that was part of a 5 run 4th that turned a 3-0 game into a blowout.

 

Cubs 4, Marlins 0Prof: What’s there to say? I’m sure our very own Old Gator can give us the Feesh perspective. For Chicago, Jose Quintana went seven innings, had seven strikeouts. Daniel Descalso and David Bote both went 2-3, and Javy Baez had a huge solo homer (439 feet).

Diamondbacks 9, Braves 6Scouts: Things were going pretty good for Atlanta, until the bullpen got a call.  Chad Sobotka and Jesse Biddel allowed a combined 4 runs on 4 hits and recorded 0 outs.  Then Luke Jackson blew a save and A.J. Minter picked up the loss giving up 3 runs on 2 hits while only recording .2 outs.  Woof.

 

Cardinals 4, Brewers 8Prof: Momma, there goes that man again! Christian Yelich! The reigning NL MVP hates the Cardinals apparently, because he does nothing but slices them up on the regular. Another three run homer against the Redbirds in this contest. These two teams meet up thirteen more times during the season (per Brewers beat reporter Adam McCalvy) so expect to see this way more often.

Blue Jays 6, Twins 5Scouts: Sometimes you gotta rely on your friends to get you through the rough times.  Ken Giles was about to blow his second consecutive save, when Teoscar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis came to his rescue to gun down C.J. Cron at the plate to end the ballgame.

 

Reds 1, Dodgers 6Scouts: With both Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner out nursing injuries, the Dodgers turned to Alex Verdugo to step in and step up, and step up he did.  Verdugo had himself a three hit, three RBI night to help keep the Dodgers offense sparking.

Spiders 4, Mariners 2Scouts: Seattle is struck with their first 4 game losing streak on the season, and it was handed to them in no small part by Shane Bieber who held the M’s to 4 hits and 1 run over 6 innings.

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Scores and Highlights for 4/16/19

  1. Only good things about the Nats yesterday:

    1. Reports that GM Mike Rizzo and principal owner Mark Lerner had a nice chat with Anthony Rendon, presumably centered around a contract extension.
    2. Trevor Rosenthal got three outs again, two on strikeouts, although he did hit a guy, walk a guy, and give up a run-scoring single.

    In a perfect world, Ryan Zimmerman would be relegated to a platoon at best with Matt Adams, Brian Dozier would be benched in favor of Howie Kendrick, and Trea Turner’s finger would heal so that Wilmer Difo could return to his role as a backup infielder, but the world’s not perfect, and Davey Martinez keeps putting the wrong names in the lineup card.

    Nats are on the wrong side of the Strange Attractor(tm) this morning at 7-8. The division looks like it’s going to eat itself, so 87 wins or so might be enough, but that’s well north of the Strange Attractor(tm).

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    • Well, at least the Nats are running what’s probably their best possible lineup right now out there tonight (starting pitcher excluded, of course):

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        • No. Cleveland can’t have a strange attractor. I don’t want them any closer to respectability, even mediocrity, than necessary. Out of sight, out of mind. I have lots of other more efficient ways to be bored than thinking about Cleveland.

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  2. Holding down the bottom of the Y-axis of fracticality, like the plastic-coated lead sinkers on my lifelike aquarium plants (speaking of tanking), we find the Feesh at ten below the strange attractor and now completely out of its range. The Cubs handed them a 4-0 potch im tuchas last night at Macondo Banana Massacre Field. At 4-14 and sinking like the Andrea Doria, the Teal Terroirs look likely to set new lows in both attendance and wins this benighted season. If I were the ghost of the Troy Trojans and Worcester Ruby Legs, who once attracted six fans (in 1888), I’d be nervous about losing my place at the table.

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