Prof: Scout gets the day off today, so you’re stuck with me. Happy Friday, fam! Let’s go. Since it’s a Girl Power Friday, I’m going with one of my personal faves, Miss Amy Winehouse. I could easily post ten videos of some of her best songs, but I chose three from different stages of her career that I feel show off her dark, jazzy vocal and warm sense of humor. Enjoy.
Braves 2, Reds 4 – After a several hour rain delay, the Braves attempted to come back from a two run deficit with a Freddie Freeman home run, but Cincinnati immediately countered with a sacrifice play, allowing Eugenio Suarez to score. Suarez was involved in every Reds scoring play, which of course makes him the man of the evening.
Marlins 3, Phillies 1 F/10 – Starlin Castro lifted love (and the Feesh) where it belonged with a two run homer in extra innings, which wasted a quality start by Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola (who drew the no decision).
Tigers 3, Red Sox 7 – Long time readers know that I consider Rick Porcello the luckiest man in baseball. This time, Porcello wasn’t lucky, just better than Jordan Zimmermann – sadly, that’s not saying much. It was Boston’s bats that really did the heavy lifting here – lots of RBI doubles to be had.
Spiders 2, Astros 1 – Noted Drone Enthusiast Trevor Bauer went the distance against Gerrit Cole. On paper, if you just looked at the box score, one would think Cole had the better night (ten strikeouts as opposed to Bauer’s three), but Bauer gets the win as Cole allowed one additional run (Jake Bauers’ home run in the fifth inning). In fact, it was nothing but a home run night, as the other runs of the evening were scored by Leonys Martin and George Springer.
Yankees 5, Angels 11 – For a few innings, you’d be forgiven if you thought the Yankees would win. But Tommy LaStella (former Brave and Cub!) has other plans. David Fletcher was just as effective in this rout of New York. Rough night for Tanaka, who allowed five runs.
Diamondbacks 5, Pirates 0 – Prof: ZACK GREINKE. If this were Twitter I’d simply say “Enough said”, but this is FI, and we like to opine around here. ZG went seven innings and had seven strikeouts, but that’s not the only cool thing he did. Greinke hit a triple in the fifth inning and was able to score a run to help his own cause. In fact, ZG currently sports a batting average of .462. Now, of course he’s a pitcher and he only gets in the lineup every fifth day, but especially now that he’s gotten over his usual April funk, he’s dropped his ERA to a more manageable 3.72. Put that together and you have yourself a bona fide two way threat.
Rangers 2, Mariners 14 – Prof: Seattle continues to play meaningful baseball. They are now 17-11 and show no signs of slowing down. Marco Gonzales is the first pitcher to win five on the season. Tim Beckham and Ryon Healy both had three RBI.
Dodgers 2, Cubs 1 – Prof: Even the best among us make mistakes. Example – Javier Baez, who committed an error which allowed a run in the fifth inning. The Cubs just couldn’t catch fire against Ross Stripling, Kenley Jansen and the rest of the Dodgers crew.