Prof: Oopsie. Looks like we had ourselves some technical difficulties yesterday! Thanks for being patient with us. Have some interesting ladies doing interesting music.
Scouts: Terribly sorry folks, that one was all me. The technical difficulties is that technically I’m a dummy sometimes and get so wrapped up in my world I forget things. My bad. I’m back on track today, so hopefully it was just a blip in the ocean.
Rangers 5, Tigers 3 – Prof: The Tigers can’t win anywhere; not on the road, and certainly not at home, as they’ve lost yet another game to the visiting team – this time, Texas. Rangers 1B Ronald Guzman went 2-3 with a solo home run and an RBI sac fly. Winning pitcher Jesse Chavez went 6 1/3 innings – his longest start in nearly two years.
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 4 – Prof: Remember yesterday when I talked about the Yankees tying the major league record for consecutive games with a home run? Well, it’s not tied anymore! DJ LeMahieu took one out in the first inning, followed closely by Aaron Judge’s solo homer in the same inning. Then, to keep it fun, Gleyber Torres had a solo jack in the second. The Blue Jays didn’t even sniff a run until the sixth inning, thanks to the G Unit (and Eric Sogard).
Mets 5, Phillies 7 – Prof: After the insanity that was Mickey Callaway’s overreaction to a simple goodbye, it was time to turn our attention to the other joke at Citi Field – the actual New York Mets. The Mets can’t even lose right. They were well on their way to victory, but then the sixth inning happened, and all hell broke loose. New York was ahead by three runs when suddenly the Phighten Phils turned up the heat and scored five runs for the come from behind beatdown. Scott Kingery, Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco, and pinch hitter Brad Miller all had home runs.
Padres 8, Orioles 3 – Prof: Just like the Prodigal Son, Manny Machado has returned. The former Oriole and current Padres third baseman received a heartfelt standing ovation from the Birdland faithful. Sure, there were some boos, but mostly it was an outpouring of love and appreciation for a guy who had led a brief period of baseball resurgence in Baltimore. Machado also hit his 100th career home run in Camden Yards, where he had mashed so many before. Not to be outdone, Tatis Jr, Mejia, and Margot also homered for San Diego.
White Sox 3, Red Sox 6 – Scouts: Halfway through the season and the Sox are 7 games over .500. While not terrible, it’s no where near where they thought they’d be, plus the Yankees have been making some moves and played the first half with a hand and a leg tied behind their backs. Will Boston be able to recover and make it to the playoffs this year?
Royals 8, Spiders 6 – Prof: What’s gotten into Kansas City lately? They have no business beating teams of higher quality than them, but that’s what they are out here doing lately. Or, maybe I should ask what happened to Brad Hand? For it was the Tragical Closer of Cleve who coughed up the five runs in the ninth inning that caused the Royals to stun the Spiders at what used to be called Jacobs Field (and I can’t be bothered to remember the actual name anymore). Hunter Dozier’s ninth inning grand salami was the obvious play of the night.
Braves 3, Cubs 2 – Prof: Young Max Fried – my long time favorite of the Whiz Kids coming up through the Braves’ rank – is now 9-3 thanks to this excellent performance at the Friendly Confines. Fried went six innings and struck out eight. Ronald Acuna Jr and Ozzie Albies were your offensive giants for Atlanta.
Pirates 1, Astros 5 – Scouts: Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman homered awhile Gerrit Cole held the Pirates to 1 run over 6 strong innings as the Astros reached 20 games over .500.
Mariners 8, Brewers 3 – Scouts: A pair of costly errors as the Brew crew threw this one away quite literally. Seattle certainly did their part, with Daniel Vogelbach hitting another big time homer.
Rays 4, Twins 9 – Prof: What happened, Blake Snell? The defending AL Cy Young winner is currently rocking a 5.01 ERA and an ugly W-L of 4-7. It was another hideous outing for Mr. Snell and the Rays, but Minnesota took advantage in a big way. Up eight runs by the fifth inning, including a Jonathan Schoop solo homer, and it was pretty much all Twins, all night.
Athletics 7, Cardinals 3 – Scouts: Most of the damage was as a result of a 6 run 5th inning, in which Chad Pinder and Marcus Semien homered, and Stephen Piscotty and Khris Davis followed up with additional RBI’s.
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2 – Scouts: The Dodgers tied their best ever first half with a narrow victory over Arizona. LA, picked up their 55th win thanks to a Justin Turner homer and Chris Taylor double in the 6th, and 6 shut down bullpen innings.
Rockies 2, Giants 4 – Scouts: After getting smacked around last start, dickhead of the year rebounded for 11 strikeouts and 3 hits over 6 innings.
Nationals, 6, Marlins 1 – Prof: Max Scherzer went eight innings, struck out ten Feesh, and allowed only one run. Mad Max also went 2-3 at the plate. The Treat Urner had a three run homer.
Reds 1, Angels 5 – Scouts: Tommy La Stella lead off the game with an inside-the park homer, and it was all downhill for Tyler Mahle and the Reds from there. Mahle gave up 4 runs over 5 innings, while the Red’s offense never got off the ground.