Scouts: We got dingers. We got divers. We got guns in the outfield. We even got a triple play! What more could you ask for in a day of baseball?
Reds 9, Brewers 11 – Prof: A five run inning will put a dagger into anyone, right? Think again! First, the Reds had a five run inning. Then the Brewers had one! Let’s break this down… First, Cincinnati took a big ol’ bite out of Zack Davies, with a two run double immediately followed by a three run homer. Then it was solo shots from two Brewers and a Red. In the sixth, the Brewers broke free, eventually racking up those eleven runs and getting the important win at home over their division rival.
Athletics 7, Spiders 2 – Prof: With this win, Oakland is now at .500. How did they get there? Mark Canha homered and had three RBI and Frankie Montas went six shutout innings (while racking up nine strikeouts). Nick Hundley also had a solo dinger.
Mariners 1, Rangers 2 – Prof: Remember when the Mariners had the best record in baseball and the Rangers seemed like straight garbage? Well… Texas currently has a better record than Seattle and this win helped complete the sweep. A lot of the praise goes to Hunter Pence, who most people honestly thought had retired. His bat sure didn’t; he homered yet again.
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 5 – Prof: I’m always going to root for the southpaw, and Eric Lauer pitched seven effective innings to grab a key win for San Diego. Way to go, kiddo.
Royals 8, Cardinals 2 (Game 1) – Scouts: Brad Keller was the beneficiary of a 6 run 3rd inning, which was much more than he needed.
Royals 3, Cardinals 10 (Game 2) – Scouts: They say it’s pretty hard to sweep a double header, and the Cardinals helped prove that. After getting roundly stomped in game 1, they returned the favor in game two. Marcell Ozuna, Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler, and Kolten Wong all homered for the redbirds.
Rockies 9, Pirates 3 – Prof: Rough night for the Bucs, with the exception of Josh Bell’s home run straight into the Allegheny. It’s the second splashdown for Bell in two weeks!
Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters both hit three run homers for Colorado.
Yankees 7, Orioles 5 – Scouts: Ok, it’s gone from laughly bad to just plain embarrassing. Even Oriole’s announcer Gary Thorne is getting sick and tired of watching the O’s serve up homer after homer after homer. Thairo Estrada, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, and Gleyber Torres once again all went deep for the Yankees.
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5 F/13 – Scouts: Talk about a nail biter. This one went back and forth a few times with Toronto tieing it up in the 9th to buy everyone bonus baseball. Boston took the lead again in the 12th, but was unable to hold onto it, only to keep putting on the pressure in the 13th. Ultimately it was a Michael Chavis homer that made the difference.
Dodgers 1, Rays 8 – Prof: Wow, talk about a demoralizing loss. It started out so great. Rich Hill held Tampa batters to five hits and one run, with seven Ks. After six innings, he took to the pine and watched as the Dodger bullpen imploded. I thought the Braves and Nats were sad; this was awful. In the seventh inning, the Rays scored seven, including two three run homers. That’s the kind of thing that causes you to hear crickets in the clubhouse after the game.
Marlins 6, Tigers 3 – Prof: We all know that the Strange Attractor has moved on to calmer waters, but the rough seas for the Feesh have subsided for their fifth straight victory. Miami began their comeback in the sixth inning, scoring all six of their runs by the eighth, including two home runs.
Nationals 1, Mets 6 – Scouts: Rajai Davis was a late call-up from the Met’s AAA squad, and as such had to take a 2 hour Uber ride to make it to the game in time. The expensive Uber ended up a pretty good value for the Mets as Davis hit a three run homer as part of a 6 run breakout 8th inning for the Mets.
Phillies 4, Cubs 8 – Prof: Albert Almora Jr. crushed a grand slam for the fifth inning tiebreak. The cherry on top was Javier Baez’s absolute moonshot in the seventh.
White Sox 9, Astros 4 – Scouts: Houston thought they might be able to hold onto a one run lead, that is until Charlie Tilson launched a grand slam in the 6th. Don’t quote me on this, but it’s possibly the first time a team has ever hit both a grand slam and turned a triple play in the same game.
Braves 9, Giants 2 – Scouts: This is the sort of break out win the Braves really need to rally around. Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman all homered as part of a 6 run breakout second inning, while Austin Riley continued to mash picking up yet another homer in the 7th.
Twins, Angels -PPD (rain)