Prof: A quiet day in baseball, which is great because I needed some time to relax and unwind. Let’s chill today. Jack Johnson always puts me in a good mood. How about y’all?
Athletics 2, Rays 6 – Prof: Charlie F’n Morton can’t be beat. No, seriously. Dude is 8-0, and in this game he went seven innings and struck out seven to boot. Lowe, Choi, and Kiermaier all with two run dingers.
Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 8 – Scouts: Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte, David Peralta, Jean Segura, Eduardo Escobaar, Alex Avila, Scott Kingery, Eduardo Escobar, Ildemaro Vargas, Scott Kingery, Ildemaro Vargas, Rhys Hoskins, and finally Jay Bruce. 13 homers between the two teams. As you might imagine this set a MLB record, not only for a baseball game, but probably for the damn home run derby. Not a good day to be a pitcher that’s for sure.
Rangers 4, Red Sox 3 F/11 – Prof: Boston started the game with a heavy heart as word of David Ortiz’s shooting in the Dominican Republic made its way to Fenway Park. There was a moment of silence before this contest. In the first inning, Andrew Benintendi hit a two run homer to start. However, Texas came roaring back with smart baserunning and well placed singles. Brock Holt tied it up for the Sox in the bottom of the ninth, and into extras we go. Elvis Andrus was the her of the game for the Rangers.
Cardinals 4, Marlins 1 – Prof: Ooof, the Marlins turned back into a pumpkin against the Redbirds. The sixth inning was particularly bad; Kolton Wong sacrificed, but then Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna both came home due to a throwing error. I mean, that’s embarrassing. A nice outing for Michael Wacha.
Pirates 7, Braves 13 – Prof: Well, that started out weird. A slight argument between Josh Donaldson and Joe Musgrove led to benches clearing and both Donaldson and Musgrove being ejected in the first inning. Fans of both teams – as well as neutral observers – agree that this was an Ump Show, plain and simple. After the ejection, the Braves started getting hot; Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a no-doubt grand slam to put Atlanta up 4-1. Ozzie Albies and Sterling Marte both hit two home runs, while Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis hit two run homers a piece.
Nationals 12, White Sox 1 – Prof: Give it up for Kurt Suzuki and his grand slam! The Treat Urner also had a good night at the plate with a home run (and went 3-6). Anibal Sanchez gave the bullpen a bit of a breather by pitching effectively into the seventh inning.
Cubs 5, Rockies 6 – Scouts: This one went back and forth a little bit with both teams scoring 4 in the 3rd, then battling it out in the 7th and 8th innings. Eventually it was a Daniel Murphy double that setup Ryan McMahon to single in the game winner.
Dodgers 3, Angels 5 – Scouts: It’s pretty rare these days that the Dodgers not only lose a game, but blow a early lead, but that’s exactly what happened. The Dodgers fall to just 23 games over .500 with the loss. Mike Trout picked up his 18th homer and is as usual having a much better season than that team deserves.
Mets, Yankees – PPD