Scouts: And I’m back! Thank you to Prof for holding down the fort while I enjoyed the long weekend. I took the opportunity to get caught up on the Kingsmen series of movies, and was left very impressed. I honestly don’t know how I missed out on it the first time around, but between the Kingsmen, the John Wick series, and How to Train Your Dragon, I had some serious catching up to do. I think I’m just about all ready for the rest of 2019’s movie slate. Well, except that last terrible X-Men movie, which I guess I have to watch to be ready for Dark Phoenix. How did you celebrate the holiday weekend?
Spiders 5, Red Sox 12 – Prof: A wild day for Boston. First, let’s talk about what happened outside of the game. Bill Buckner passed away at aged 69, and Dustin Pedroia told reports that he may never heal properly and play baseball again. With such heaviness that had to be weighing on Red Sox Nation, the current team had to play against the Magical Land of Cleve and keep their wits about them. And they certainly did. Rick Porcello went six and 2/3 innings, J.D. Martinez hit two home runs, and Sandy Leon hit a three run homer after Cleveland pitcher Oliver Perez had some issues with his shoes. No, really. They had to delay the game in order for Perez to get new shoes. Like I said, wild.
Brewers 5, Twins 4 – Scouts: Unable to hold onto a 4 run lead, Minnesota gave up a game deciding two-run blast to Orlando Arcia in the 8th, which completed the Brewers come back. What are the odds these two teams meet again in the playoffs?
Pirates 8, Reds 5 (Game 1); Pirates 1, Reds 8 (Game 2) – Prof: No, that’s not a typo! The Padres and Reds both had eight runs in wins against each other in this doubleheader. Game one featured some back and forth doubles and singles, but the Bucs broke it open in the eighth inning with a three run triple and a Sterling Marte two run homer. In game two, Sonny Gray went six innings and only allowed one run, striking out seven. Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig hit back to back dingers.
Mets 5, Dodgers 9 – Scouts: This was the Cody Bellinger hour, with your host Cody Bellinger, throwing out fools and destroying baseballs. Seriously, just watch the highlight below. I cannot properly do this justice.
Rangers 2, Mariners 6 – Scouts: When was the last time you can remember a player stealing every base in a single game. Well, Mallex Smith did it, capping off his 4 stolen bases by walking in the 8th, taking second, then third, then home.
Marlins 3, Nationals 2 – Prof: I don’t know how SomeGuy does it. I’d be at Nats Park picketing the bullpen if I were him. Max Scherzer gets a no decision, and he even tried to help his own cause by hitting an RBI single. Fun (?) fact – In Scherzer’s starts this season, the Nationals bullpen has averaged a 12 plus ERA. That’s beyond terrible. Mad Max has pitched well, but you’d never know it from the Curly Dubs’ win-loss record. And allowing the Marlins to roll up on you, JOSE URENA to roll up on you? Jose Urena, with his 4.11 season ERA, gave this team hell for seven innings, and the Nationals were supposed to be fighting it out with Philly and Atlanta for the NL East crown. The only crown this team will be wearing this year is one from Burger King.
Padres 2, Yankees 5 – Prof: The guys in pinstripes played a pretty good game – Clint Frazier, Brett Gardiner, and Gary Sanchez all homered. Manny Machado – who many baseball insiders thought was a lock to join them in New York – made his Padres debut in the Bronx and promptly got razzed. In a testy post-game presser, Machado said that great players get booed everywhere. That might be true, but New York boos are special boos. You should know that from your years in Baltimore. And speaking of Baltimore…
Tigers 3, Orioles 5 – Scouts: The Orioles win for what I’m pretty sure is just the second time this month. And they managed to not give up a homer for the first time since 2006. I’m guessing.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 8 – Scouts: Good hitting, good fielding, and great pitching. Yup, that’s a pretty good recipe for success. Yonnie Chirinos pitched 5 hit-less innings, Kevin Kiermaier made a spectacular play against the wall, and Austin Meadows provided the bat going 3 for 5 with a homer. He even threw in a stolen base for good measure.
Cubs 5, Astros 6 – Prof: I try to keep my thoughts to sports only, you guys know this. But I just had to say that this game featured a scumbag versus scumbag moment. Noted wife beater Addison Russell hit a home run off of noted wife beater Roberto Osuna. No one wins in this one, everyone’s a damn loser. But if you take the d-bags out of this, Gerrit Cole had twelve strikeouts and the Astros made hamburger meat out of Cole Hamels in the third inning, where they scored the majority of their six runs.
Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 4 F/11 – Scouts: Colorado has the walk-off fever and there is no cure. Ian Desmond doubled off the top of the right-field wall to setup Raimel Tapia to single in the third walk-off win in four days for Colorado.
Angels 5, Athletics 8 – Prof: This makes ten straight wins for Oakland, and eleven saves for Blake Treinen. Jurickson Profar, Josh Phegley, and Matt Chapman all homer in their victory.
Royals 1, White Sox 1 – PPD (will resume Tuesday)