Scouts: In case anyone was wondering, I do in fact write the recaps while listening to the music that’s selected. After several years of selecting music with the Prof, we are still at it, trying to select songs and artists we hope we haven’t used before. Of course it’s impossible not to reuse some music from time to time, but hopefully we are able to still surprise from time to time. Has there been any artists, mainstream or not that we have yet to cover that you are still hoping for?
Twins 8, Blue Jays 0 – Prof: The Twins have now won twenty games. Happy, your boys are out of control, but in a good way! Jason Castro went 2-3 including a two run homer. Not to be outdone, Eddie Rosario grounded out for an RBI, sac fly for an RBI, and a solo homer. If they keep this up, Paul Molitor might win AL Manager of the Year. Yeah, I said it. I guess we’ll see after the All Star Break.
Diamondbacks 1, Rays 12 – Prof: Lord have mercy, but the Tampa Bay Sea Creatures really gave the Gritty Snakes some fits. Tommy Phan had a grand slam in the second inning to bring them up to six right away. Blake Snell went six innings and struck out nine in the win.
Nationals 3, Brewers 5 – Scouts: Errors will kill you every time, and this game was no different. Aided by 4 Nats errors, the Brewers were able to take advantage all the way to the bank.
Phillies 0, Cardinals 6 – Scouts: The Phillies bats couldn’t get started against Miles Mikolas who pitched incredibly effectively and efficiently on the nigh, allowing just 3 hits over 7 shutout innings.
Marlins 6, Cubs 5 – Scouts: Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while. The Marlins, were able to improve to just 14 games under .500 thanks to a 3-run 9th that featured some very exciting walks, ground outs, and grounding into double plays.
Royals 4, Astros 6 – Scouts: George Springer go boom. Carlos Correa go boom. Robinson Chirinos go boom. Astros just keep lighting fireworks and the wins keep on coming.
Giants 4, Reds 12 – Prof: What was the buzz in Cincinnati? Well, first of all, there was a giant swarm of bees that decided to invade Great American Ball Park, which delayed the game for nearly twenty minutes while they basically hung out at home plate. Once the bees were done, it was the Reds’ turn to sting. In the sixth inning, four Cincinnati players were plunked – twice while the bases were loaded. Towards the end of the contest, San Francisco in desperation trotted out the Panda, Pablo Sandoval, to take the mound, and he promptly hit a dude, too. Five Reds players hit tied the NL all time record. Oh, and Nick Senzel hit two home runs for the Reds. Just a lot of hurtin’ all the way around, I guess.
White Sox 9, Spiders 1 – Prof: The Noted Drone Enthusiast was talking smack on Twitter towards Tim Anderson. Anderson did hit an RBI single, but the Pale Hose King was without a doubt Yoan Moncada, who had two home runs off Bauer. The only Cleveland score came from a Jason Kipnis single.
Mariners 3, Yankees 7 – Scouts: Felix Hernandez had one of his bad days, giving up 7 runs, 6 earned on 8 hits over 5 innings. CC Sebathia on the other hand contained the damage to just 3 runs over the same number of innings.
Red Sox 1, Orioles 4 – Prof: Johnny Baseball! Or as people who don’t live in Baltimore say, Jonathan Villar. The former Brewer and current hot bat for the Orioles hit a grand slam and John Means was able to take a quality start into the seventh, helping secure a win for the Charm City and giving the bullpen a bit of a breather for the night.
Mets 0, Padres 4 – Scouts: We had ourselves a little pitchers duel, and Chris Paddack was able to come out on top of Jacob deGrom. Paddack struck out 11 over 7.2 innings. Paddack is taking a early lead for NL Cy Young already racking up 46 strike outs on the season.
Braves 3, Dodgers 5 – Scouts: Walker Buehler pitched a gem shutting down the Braves, who aren’t quite getting off to the start many of their fans had hoped. The Braves are just a game over .500 and can’t seem to get out of their funk, showing at times flashes of greatness, and then others looking completely overwhelmed.