Scouts: Game of Thrones is back and everyone’s talking about it. I just finished season 3. It’s actually the third time I’ve tried to complete the series, but have been unable to hold my interest. I know it’s a good show, but man all the murder and backstabbing gets very tiresome after awhile. Someday I feel like I’m the only one int he world who isn’t batty over that show. How about you, are you super excited for the final season? Are you one of the 37% of viewers likely to cancel HBO after GoT ends?
Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 F/10 – Prof: Please allow me to rant. I apologize in advance. This bullpen is an effin’ nightmare. This bullpen is fifteen layers of horse manure baked in the sun and then topped with a frothy frappe of whale vomit. First it was Max Fried who pitched a gem and had it thrown away by the merry band of noodle arms pretending to be major league relievers, and now it’s Kevin Gausman. Gausman went seven innings, allowed only two runs, and struck out ten. The Braves still had a chance to gut it out, but baseball’s equivalent of F Troop showed up again. I’m so sick of it. The front office sat on their mountains of cash and said they were set, everything was fine, let’s just develop our young arms and see what happens. On the front line, yes, let’s do that. I’d say the young starters coming up are just fine and have all the potential in the world. It’s the reliever corps that sucks. I mean, it’s just bad. Starters are going to have to pitch complete games to make sure they get a win, because as the other day shows, you can leave a game 5 to nothing and the relievers will just come in and shit the bed. (Sorry, but poo just won’t work.) God, I can’t even watch this mess right now, I’ve got enough going on in my life without having to watch disaster after disaster every other day.
Pirates 3, Tigers 2 F/10 – Scouts: Tough loss for the Tigers, who held onto a 2-1 lead through 7 innings. Josh Bell tied it up in the 8th on a sac fly, and Colin Moran picked up the winning RBI with a single in the 10th. Austen Williams now is sporting a 162 ERA in 2 games and .1 IP.
Giants 6, Nationals 9 – Scouts: Somebody ate their Weeties todday! Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick, Matt Adams, and Kurt Suzuki all homered as the Nats slugged their way to victory. The bullpen continues to be a worry however as the Giants were able to pick up 4 garbage time runs in the 9th.
Orioles 1, Rays 8 – Prof: The Rays started with their “opener”, Ryne Stanek, the usual one and done, before moving to their actual starting pitcher, who was Yonny Chirinos. Then they went on a plan of attack against Baltimore’s David Hess. Hess only lasted two innings, but in those two innings he gave up eight hits and six of those converted into runs, and no strikeouts. Ouch. Meanwhile Tampa combined for three home runs against the beleaguered Birds.
Blue Jays 1, Twins 4 – Scouts: Jake Ordorizzi is starting to feel good again. After being forced to wait around for nearly an hour on a rain soaked afternoon, Ordorizzi finally was able to get to work, holding to Blue Jays to 6 hits over 5.2 innings, allowing just a single run.
Angels 4, Rangers 5 – Scouts: Poor Matt Harvey just can’t buy a win. Matty gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in 4.1 innings, and the wheels really came off the cart the second trip through the lineup. LA was never able to recover and Texas completed the three game sweep.
Mets 2, Phillies 3 – Prof: Not the bloodbath it was yesterday, mostly because Zack Wheeler pitched a pretty good game. It was just that Jake Arrieta pitched a better one. Someone has to lose, and unfortunately that was Wheeler. Scott Kingery and Cesar Hernandez for Philly and Michael Conforto for New York all went yard.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 3 – Prof: In shocking news, Christian Yelich did not hit a homer against St. Louis! But there were plenty of balls that went beyond the wall at Miller Park yesterday. Michael Wacha went six innings and struck out seven, and held the hot-hitting Yelich to only one single. Cardinals Ozuna and Carpenter both hit solo bombs.
Royals 4, White Sox 3 F/10 – Prof: A brawl, because some dude got his feelings hurt after Chicago’s Tim Anderson flipped his bat. The dude (KC’s Brad Keller) drilled him with his fastball. Benches cleared. Stupidity reigns. Anyway, after all of that insanity, these two teams went into extra innings. Hunter Dozier hit a solo dinger in the tenth inning to give the Royals the win.
Reds 2, Dodgers 3 – Prof: Walker Buehler is 2-0 on the year. He struck out eight. AJ Pollock hit a three run bomb in the sixth inning, which tied the MLB record for homers in consecutive home games. (By the way, it’s 32 straight home games with a Dodger dinger.) Kenley Jansen gets the save.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 5 – Scouts: When it rains is pours, as the Red Sox drop another disappointing loss, and now sit at 6-13 on the season as frustrations and anger mount. To make matters worse, they had to watch Brett Gardner crack his 100th home run, a Grand Slam in the 7th that evaporated a 3-1 lead in a hurry.
Spiders 1, Mariners 0 – Prof: Cookie Carrasco, have yourself a day! Twelve Ks in seven innings and kept the lava-hot Mariners at day. Jake Bauers went 2-3 with the game winning run, a solo shot in the fifth inning.
Cubs 6, Marlins 0 – Prof: Cole Hamels is a beautiful, beautiful man, and pitched a beautiful game. Hamels went seven innings and struck out eight. Javy Baez continues to be one of the best players in the National League and was the Cubs’ offense leader.
Astros 1, Athletics 2 – Scouts: The day was all about Frankie Montas who struck out 6 over 6.1, allowing just a single run on 3 hits. Montas shut down a red hot Astros squad who snapped a 10 game winning streak.