Prof: Last night, I treated myself to a movie and saw the new Avengers. I laughed, I cried. I mostly cried. I won’t spoil anything but friends, the lady next to me and I shared tissues. Lots of sniffles. Lots of cheering. A sad, happy, satisfying bow on ten years of the first phase of Avengering. And as always, Captain America today, tomorrow, and forever. Scout has the day off; I’m cleaning up the red in my ledger. (If you get that reference, cookies for you.)
Athletics 4, Red Sox 9 – Big night for Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, who went 3-4 with an RBI. Michael Chavis had two RBI, also. Boston had six runs in the third inning.
Cardinals 6, Nationals 3 – Oh dear. Like Thanos, the Nats had this in their grasp, but the snap of the fingers gave it away. Michael Wacha had a rough second inning but held on, while Patrick Corbin was looking great until the fifth, when he inexplicably gave up six runs. That was all St. Louis needed to defeat Washington. Oh, and Jordan Hicks continues to rack up the saves while throwing high heat. Friends, he’s a shoo-in for the Trevor Hoffman Award if he continues on this path.
Padres 1, Braves 3 – It was the Mike and Ozzie show. My small Canadian child Mike Soroka went six full innings, K’d eight and only gave up one run, while Ozzie Albies drove Soroka in on the basepath, and also hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to seal the deal.
Rockies 1, Brewers 5 – Started out strong for Jesus Aguilar and he just kept on going. Wasn’t even close for Colorado as Milwaukee jumped out to a five and zero start by the third inning.
Astros 0, Twins 1 – Happy’s boys are currently 17-9 and things are looking pretty good in Minnesota right now. Jake Odorizzi outdueled Justin Verlander – both had seven strikeouts over the night – but it was Odorizzi who went one inning further and allowed no runs.
Reds 5, Mets 4 – Pretty much the entire game was won and lost in three innings – the second, fourth, and top of the ninth. In the second inning, it was mostly a Cincinnati affair, racking up four runs off beleaguered Mets hurler Zack Wheeler. Not to be outdone, the Mets came back, tying it up in the fourth off of back to back walks. The tiebreaker was Jesse Winker’s solo homer off New York’s Diaz.
Rays 8, Royals 5 – Triples seem to be a rare commodity in the baseball games I pay attention to. Not at this game, though; two RBI triples in back to back innings. Lots of small ball played, though; the only homer of the night belonged to Kansas City’s Jorge Soler.