Scouts: It’s finally almost that time. Just a few days until Endgame. Is everyone Hype yet? I’m a little nervous as I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to see it this weekend, and avoiding Spoilers is going to be a massive challenge. I just now finally got around to seeing Shazam, which was a lot better than I anticipated. Any other Shazam fans? Has D.C. finally started to learn how to manage their projects?
Royals 6, Yankees 7 F/10 – Prof: Even with a spike in injuries and a bullpen implosion, the Yankees were able to hold on and win in extra innings. James Paxton started out strong, went six innings and struck out twelve, with only three hits. After Paxton took the bench, the Yankees crapped the bed. I guess it was “Do Your Best Braves Bullpen Impression” night, because Chad Green and Adam Ottavino coughed up three a piece and suddenly the Royals looked to steal victory. It was up to Andrew Romine to win the game – first, his RBI single tied it, and then another RBI single (in the tenth) won it. All hail Andrew Romine.
Twins 4, Orioles 3 – Scouts: Dylan Bundy picks up another loss, in what was actually an improvement for him. 6 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER. Minnesota picked up the 3 game sweep in a non-dramatic fashion.
White Sox 3, Tigers 4 – Prof: With this win, Detroit is .500. So, what happened? Daniel Norris found his mojo, getting his first win in over two years, while Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer to put the Tigers over the top.
Nationals 5, Marlins 0 – Prof: Stephen Strasburg pitched a bona fide gem yesterday, going eight innings and struck out eleven. The exhausted Nats bullpen did well, too. Ryan Zimmerman had a two homer day.
Giants 3, Pirates 2 – Prof: Buster Posey hit a three run homer off of Chris Archer. The Giants catcher had not hit a dinger since June of 2018, so this was a big deal.
Red Sox 4, Rays 3 F/11 – Scouts: Looks like things are starting to return to form for Boston (yuck) as they completed a sweep of Tampa. David Price got no decisioned after 10 strike outs over 5 innings, and Christian Vazquez won it on a sac fly in the 11th.
Dodgers 6, Brewers 5 – Prof: Good lord, this was a back and forth kind of contest, although it started out all Dodgers. Joc Pederson hit two solo homers, but this was all about Cody Bellinger. The LA right fielder went 3-4, had three RBI and hit the game winning home run. He also robbed Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich of his home run.
Mets 4, Cardinals 6 – Scouts: Not such a great day for Syndergaard, giving up 4 ER and 8 hits over 5 innings despite hitting a homer int he 4th. All 4 Mets runs came on the long ball, unfortunately they were all solos, so the damage was mostly contained.
Diamondbacks 1, Cubs 2 – Prof: It all came down to the ninth inning, really. Jarrod Dyson hit a solo homer to tie the game up for the Diamondbacks. The Cubs then answered with a David Bote walk-off single to win.
Astros 10, Rangers 11 – Scouts: Texas came out swinging early and often, taking a 10 – 1 lead by the end of the 4th. Houston attempted a comeback, but came up 1 shy as Robinson Chirinos stuck out with the bases juiced to end the ballgame.
Phillies 1, Rockies 4 – Prof: Colorado’s Jon Gray went six innings, struck out five and only allowed one hit. The Phillies are going through a bit of a slump – the only run scored was an RBI single from JT Realmuto. No one on the Philadelphia staff currently has a batting average over .280 (Realmuto). You can’t win a division that way, gentlemen.
Mariners 6, Angels 8 – Scouts: LA is jumping on the opener strategy bandwagon and it seemed effective as Hansel Robles kicked things off with a shutdown first inning to lead the way for Jamie Barria to pitch innings 2-6.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 4 – Scouts: Justin Smoak provided most of the offense in this one, going 4-5 with a two-run homer. Oakland was hot on the comeback trail before Richard Urena ranged into left-center to snag a Robbie Grossman popup with two runners on to end the contest.
Reds 3, Padres 4 – Prof: This was a messy contest. A couple of doubles, a few homers, an RBI single. Today I learned that Michael Lorenzen, who normally is a relief pitcher, has a better batting average than most of the Reds’ outfield (including Yasiel Puig), plus their backup first baseman and the guy taking my small son Scooter Gennett’s place at second.
Braves 11, Spiders 5 – Scouts: Do we have a happy Prof this morning? On the one hand, the Braves picked up the win, on the other hand the bullpen struck again, giving up 5 runs in the final 3 innings. Thankfully they had a 11-0 lead at the time. Josh Donaldson led the way with a pair of homers and 4 RBI’s.