Prof: Usually, on Fridays we like to celebrate female artists, but today I have a specific theme in mind. I’ll return to Girl Power Friday next week. Let’s start with a song from one of my favorite movies of all time. Yes. Seriously.
Twins 5, Spiders 4 – Scouts: Hey everybody! It’s the Max Kepler super duper blast-off hour starring Max Kepler! On tonight’s episode Max Kepler visited the right field bleachers twice, and made one additional visit to center, for three visits total!
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2 – Scouts: The Yankees just keep on raking. Aaron Hicks and Gio Urshela both homered while J.A. Happ shut down the Jays over 7 strong innings. The Yankees currently hold a 1.5 game lead in the East, 6.5 games over Boston. The Orioles in case you were wondering are just a skip and jump away at 20.5 games back.
Orioles 3, Rangers 4 – Scouts: The Rangers bullpen’s a bit taxed at the moment, so they called up Ariel Jurado and he gave them 6 strong innings. Trey Mancini who continues to be too damn good to be on a team this damn bad went 3-4 with his 13th homer.
Giants 3, Mets 7 – Prof: I forgot Mark Melancon was still in the majors. And with four earned runs in one inning, I think he’d probably like to forget about this game versus New York. Jeff McNeil went 2-2 with 2 RBI; Todd Frazier had a two run homer.
Braves 1, Pirates 6 – Prof: Yuck. The Braves have been in a bit of a slump lately. Not necessarily offensively (Freddie Freeman hit yet another homer), but the pitching has been off. Mike Foltznewicz did not fare well – and if I’m being honest, I really believe that he’s still not 100% from his injury. folty gave up back to back homers to the Pirates. All that is going to be changing, as sources claim free agent hurler Dallas Keuchel has come to an agreement with Atlanta. Couldn’t come at a better time!
Rays 6, Tigers 1 – Scouts: Tampa continues to hang in the division race, and they are doing it by finding help in all sorts of different places. Today it was Travis d’Arnaud who homered twice, his first two on the season.
Red Sox 7, Royals 5 – Prof: Did you know that the Red Sox hasn’t swept a team in nearly a month? Well, it’s true…or it was, but no longer, as Boston had a three game sweep of Kansas City thanks to this win. Mookie Betts hit a two run homer in the third inning, while Christian Vazquez scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.
Reds 1, Cardinals 3 – Prof: The NL Central is such a wild place these days. Even the bad teams (Cincinnati) aren’t really that bad. St. Louis had the upper hand, though, as Paul DeJong hit a homer and the Redbirds stole four bases!
Marlins 1, Brewers 5 – Prof: Christian Yelich now leads the majors for home runs. In this game, he hit his 23rd. Mike Moustakas was the Milwaukee Masher, though, with two home runs, and the Brewers were able to keep from being swept by Miami.
Rockies 3, Cubs 1 – Prof: It was the major league debut of Colorado’s pitcher, one Peter Lambert. Lambert did a heck of a job for his first time out: four hits over seven innings and struck out nine, and did it at Wrigley. The Rockies rode the rookie to victory, with help from David Dahl and Ian Desmond at the plate.
Astros 8, Mariners 7 F/14 – Scouts: 14 long innings it took to decide a winner in this one. Seattle had a ton of fight in them, doing some work while down late multiple times, scoring runs in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th, but finally in the 14th, Houston was able to get ahead and stay ahead.
Athletics 7, Angels 4 – Scouts: After blowing 7 pitchers in 9 innings the night before, Oakland really needed Mike Fiers to step up, and he did a pretty good job holding back LA for 6 strong innings. Mike Trout picked up his 16th homer on the year in the loss.
Nationals 4, Padres 5 – Scouts: A crucial Trea Turner to Anthony Rendon error with the bases loaded in the 5th opened the flood gates allowing San Diego to take a 1 run lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game. Fernando Tatis Jr., making his return after a 6 week absence scored the key run that helped spark the come back.