Prof: It was quite a long weekend for your friendly neighborhood Prof. The next couple of weeks will be very busy for me as well. However, I am never too busy to do what’s probably my most favorite thing in the world – talk baseball with our little group. So let’s get started.
Astros 6, Athletics 4 F/12 – Scouts: For a good team to stay good, often help comes from all over. On Sunday, it was rookie outfilder Myles Straw, making just his second start since getting called up from Triple-A who made the difference in this one. Shaw used his speed to his advantage to help spark the Astro’s to an extra inning victory.
Angels 13, Mariners 3 – Prof: Big game for Albert Pujols, who hit his career 643rd homer in this game. The Machine also drove in five runs. Mike Trout went 3-4 with 2 RBI as well.
Marlins 9, Padres 3 – Scouts: Everytime I turn around, the Marlins are winning another ball game. I mean sure they are still 15 games back of .500, but they sure seem to be on a tear lately. Gator, what’s going on?
Red Sox 8, Yankees 5 – Scouts: It’s been a bit of a tough year for David Price and the Red Sox, not that anyone’s really complaining. Price finally got some revenge, coming up big in Yankee Stadium and getting the Sox back above .500.
Giants 8, Orioles 1 – Scouts: MLB is making a big deal that Bruce Bochy won his final game in Camden Yards, which is hilarious to me considering I can’t recall the last time the Giants even came to Baltimore. Anyways, the Orioles did what they do best and that’s give up homers at record setting levels. Evan Longoria went deep once, and Brandon Crawford got to trot around the bases twice. The Orioles didn’t feature a single pitcher with a ERA lower than 5.00 the entire day.
Twins 9, Rays 7 – Scouts: Jake Odorizzi finds himself 8-2 after striking out 9 and allowing just 3 hits over 6 dominant innings. Matt Magill came in and immediately gave up 5 runs on .2 outs to make things interesting, but the Twins were able to hold on after their 9 run lead and take the win.
Nationals 4, Reds 1 – Prof: Max Scherzer is a strikeout machine. A season high fifteen Ks, only allowing three hits over eight innings. Thankfully, the Nats’ bullpen didn’t get a chance to mess anything up, leaving it up to the capable Sean Doolittle for the save.
Tigers 4, Braves 7 – Prof: Been a while since I’ve been able to break down a Braves game. West coast games are a mess when I have to get up so early in the morning. The hero of the game was one Dansby Swanson, he of the Civil War General name and luxurious GQ mane. Dansby had a two run homer, an RBI double, and was driven in by Freddie Freeman for the tiebreak run in the eighth inning, where the dam broke and Atlanta scored an additional three more runs. For once, the Braves’ bullpen didn’t ruin a good thing, thanks to Touki Toussaint (who also got the win).
Brewers 4, Pirates 2 – Scouts: Zach Davies is now a healthy 6-0 after allowing just a pair of runs across 8 strong innings. The performance was crucial as the Brewers bullpen was taxed after a 13 inning win the previous night.
Spiders 0, White Sox 2 – Prof: Lucas Giolito is currently 8-1. He went seven and 1/3 innings, struck out nine, and really held it down for Chicago. Tim Anderson homered, and the White Sox and The Tragical Land of Cleve are now tied in the division 29-30. No one would have believed me if I said that in March.
Cubs 1, Cardinals 2 – Prof: One of the best and nastiest rivalries in all of sports, Chicago vs. St. Louis is always fun, and if you like one team and despise the other (like I do), it’s even more fun. This outcome wasn’t to my liking, but my favorite Cardinal killed it. Adam Wainwright (who else did you think I was talking about?) walked seven Cubs – a career high – but still pitched eight shutout innings.
Royals 1, Rangers 5 – Scouts: Adrian Sampson’s slider was in full effect, as Sampson racked up an impressive 11 strikeouts across 7 innings for the Rangers.
Blue Jays 1, Rockies 5 – Prof: Nolan Arenado and Chris Iannetta both hit homers in this win over Toronto. Colorado has now won eight straight.
Phillies 0, Dodgers 8 – Prof: Scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, then all hell broke loose. Rich Hill struck out nine Phillies and then David Freese got the party started with a solo homer, then an RBI single. Not to be outdone, Joc Pederson hit a two run homer in the eighth.
Mets 1, D’backs 7 – Prof: Ketel Marte had a moonshot dinger and three RBI, while Merrill Kelly struck out ten Mets as the Gritty Snakes reach .500. The one and only New York run was a solo homer from Wilson Ramos.