Prof: We were spoiled yesterday. Today every Tom, Dick, and Harry are playing. Both Scout and I are working overtime at our respective jobs, so today’s post will be a bit more lean than usual – our apologies. Management will make it up to you. We’re bumping Drake today.
White Sox 5, Nationals 9 – Prof: Night started rough for Stephen Strasburg. Nearly 100 pitches in five innings, four runs in the first inning and a Yoan Moncada solo dinger in the second for a stinger. The funny thing is that the notoriously strapped Nats bullpen dug in and kept them in the game, and Washington came back from behind thanks to the criminally underrated Anthony Rendon (two run double, three run homer) and Howie Kendrick (solo homer, an RBI double). And of course, because baseball be weird, Strasburg got the win.
Braves 12, Pirates 5 – Prof: It started out so ugly for Max Fried and Atlanta. The Pirates pounced like a cat on a mouse. A Pirates beat writer posted, “The Braves are going to lose this game – handily – tp the Pirates, then wake up tomorrow morning and wonder, “How the hell did that happen?”
And then what, bro? Here’s what – Austin Riley, NL rookie wunderkind, hit a three run home run to put the Braves up one and they never looked back. Next up was Josh Donaldson’s three run homer and then a Freddie Freeman two run bomb. Gee. How the hell did that happen?????
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 4 – Prof: I regret to inform you that Angel Hernandez is back on his bullshit. Take a look at this and tell me that this was called correctly:
Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. I, of course, have no rooting interest in either team (sorry, NBJays!), but I am in the interest of things being called correctly, and this definitely was not. Anywho, Toronto’s G Unit (Grichuk, Galvis, Guerrero Jr.) were huge factors in this game.
Twins 2, Spiders 5 – Prof: Francisco Delicious Lindor Truffle hit two home runs, as did Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers. Shane Bieber went seven innings and struck out as many.
Giants 9, Mets 3 F/10 – Prof: The Mets trotted out their best Bad News Bears impression last night. From Thor losing his mind over Pete Alonso not being able to hold onto a ball, to Michael Conforto running into a wall and contorting like a Sims character, this game was peak Mets. The other thing that was peak Mets was going into extra innings at home and then letting San Francisco – a team with an even worse W-L record – run up five on them with three well placed doubles.
Rays 6, Tigers 9 – Prof: MIGGY! Coming through with the slaps when Detroit needs it! A first inning RBI double, then a fifth inning grand slam! Sometimes Cabrera reminds us of just a couple of years ago when he was going neck and neck with Mike Trout for MVP honors.
Marlins 16, Brewers 0 – Prof: As Drake (and Brewers fans) would say, “Oh man! Oh man! Not again!” I’m talking about the Feesh offense, which was nothing but fire emoji. The fifth inning was particularly filthy – one whole trip through the lineup and Miami ended up scoring eleven runs – not a single home run in the bunch. Got so bad that Milwaukee just threw in the towel and put a position player on the bump as to not waste anymore arms.
Orioles 12, Rangers 11 – Prof: First inning heroics for the away team! Guys you’ve never heard of (except for eventual Oriole All Star by default Trey Mancini) went back to back with home runs. Keon Broxton, new to Birdland, said “What about me, fellas?” and mashed one in the fourth, then a three run double from Dwight Smith Jr. put the Orioles up on a team that has nearly won twice as many games as they did.
Red Sox 8, Royals 3 – Prof: For a while it looked like Kansas City had this in their pockets, but never count Boston out. In the sixth inning, the Red Sox scored three runs, then in the eighth Eduardo Nunez hit a three run homer.
Rockies 3, Cubs 6 – Prof: Been a while since I can say that Baby Babe Ruth absolutely roughed up a baseball, but I can safely say it now. Kyle Schwarber hit one 467 feet to break the 2-all tie in the fifth inning. The next inning, Javy Baez hit one to bring him and Anthony Rizzo home, extending the lead to five.
Reds 4, Cardinals 1 – Scouts: Jose Peraza trying to take over while site mascot Scooter Gennett is out on injury! Get him! Peraza drove in two runs, reached base three times, stole a base, made a key defensive play and touched home, pretty much dominating the action in this one.
Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 0 – Scouts: Thinks are looking pretty good for the Dodgers at the moment. They are on a 7 game roll, having won 16 of their last 20, and had Hyun-Jin Ryu on the bump. Ryu threw another gem, allowing just 3 hits over 7 innings, improving to 9-1 and making a pretty effective case for Cy Young.
Athletics 4, Angels 2 – Scouts: Ramon Laureano currently has one of the hottest bats in baseball, and the A’s leaned into him heavily, as Ramon went 2-2 with a homer, a pair of RBI’s, and a walk.
Phillies 9, Padres 6 – Scouts: Bryce Harper certainly isn’t getting it done, so the Phills went out and picked up Jay Bruce to give them a shot in the arm. Bruce delivered with a 3-4 performance, driving in 6 runs and homering twice, including a Grand Slam in the 5th that put this one out of reach for good.
Astros 11, Mariners 5 – Scouts: MLB apparently declined to write up a recap on this game. I guess the Mariners are that boring to even them. Anyways, the Astros did some pretty serious work against the Mariner bullpen, putting up 7 runs combined in the 7th and 8th inning, mostly on singles, doubles, and sac flies. Houston is now 22 games over .500.