Prof: Well, here we are, the last series of games played before the All-Star Break. Any surprises? Are you pleased by your team? Ticked off? Resigned to doom? Excited for the future? Let us know in the comment section! Today, the musical selection is all Gallagher Brothers, all the time. Two songs a piece.
Angels 10, Astros 11 F/10 – Scouts: Now this was quite a game. Both teams battled it out, going back and forth, with Mike Trout homering twice, and Shohei Ohtani picked up his 14th of the season. But Houston was able to climb back in it when Yuli Gurriel smoked a a Grand Slam in the 6th, and eventually George Springer was able to walk it off with a single in the 10th.
Padres 5, Dodgers 3 – Prof: The closer no one is talking about – Kirby Yates – has saved thirty already this season. Even I’m not talking about him, that’s how under the radar this dude is. This win for San Diego gets them to .500 at the midseason break, which is crucial if they want to sniff anywhere near LA’s 60-32 record. Yesterday, it was the Pads who had the upper hand, and many thanks go to Fernando Tatis Jr., who went yard twice.
Athletics 7, Mariners 4 – Scouts: Oakland put this one away early with 5 runs to start off the first, running Matt Carasiti, who was only able to record a single out. Omar Narvaez attempted to mount a comeback with a pair of homers, as well as a pair of RBI singles, driving in all 4 of Seattle’s runs.
Orioles 1, Blue Jays 6 – Scouts: When Chris Davis is your best offensive player on the day, you know you are in trouble. For Toronto, it was their youth on display with most of the offensive production coming from Danny Janson, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Red Sox 6, Tigers 3 – Scouts: The Sox capped off the first half with a sweep of the lowly Tigers, and David Price’s career win number 150.
Yankees 1, Rays 2 – Prof: Charlie F’n Morton now has ten wins on the year – struck out ten Yankees in 5 2/3 innings and helped Tampa spilt the series against the AL East leaders. Morton currently is sporting a healthy 2.32 ERA, by far the best of his career.
Phillies 8, Mets 3 – Prof: Aaron Nola remembered he was an ace again. He held the Mets to a big fat zero into the sixth inning until he got lit up by Super Rookie Pete Alonso, who went deep on him and also drove in the other Hot Met, Jeff McNeil. But it was too little, too late for the Mets. The Phillies had already capitalized on the scorching bat of Jay Bruce, who hit not one but two homers on the evening. Rhys Hoskins was also highly effective at the plate, as well.
Spiders 11, Reds 1 – Prof: Seems a little unfair that the hosting team has to play away right before their big shindig. But it’s not too bad, it’s still in Ohio, so it’s just a little trip down the road. The Magical Land of Cleve went down to the Queen City and mopped up, even when the Reds had broken out their fancy pants (well, sleeveless tops) for the occasion. So many RBI singles, so many RBI homers. The Noted Drone Enthusiast gets the W.
Marlins 3, Braves 4 – Prof: Charlie Clutcherson…er…Culberson strikes again! The Braves’ do-it-all bench warmer who eventually always gets into the game somehow threw out the tying run at home to help the Braves win against division rival Miami. Josh Donaldson hit a two run homer.
Royals 2, Nationals 5 – Prof: Anthony Rendon continues to be fantastic. The Nats All-Star doubled in the tiebreaker in the eighth inning. Patrick Corbin started the game, went seven innings, struck out eleven, and gets a no decision. The winner, Sean Doolittle, went 1.1 innings and held the line against the Royals.
Brewers 5, Pirates 6 – Prof: The Brew Crew is wilting and boy, do they ever need a break. Their two All-Stars, Josh Hader and Christian Yelich, are dinged up with sore and tight backs. Yelich had to pull out of the Home Run Derby – which he had been wanting to be in all year – because of this. Hader pulled out of the game completely, and was replaced by fellow Brewer Brandon Woodruff (who is also having a pretty dang good season). With these two powerhouses out of the lineup, Craig Counsell and his gang had their hands full with Pittsburgh. Bryan Reynolds hit a three run homer and that was the cap they needed to win this game.
Cubs 1, White Sox 3 – Prof: The Crosstown Series concludes with the Southside representing, leading to a split. Ivan Nova went 5.2 shutout innings, while Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu both hit home runs.
Rangers 4, Twins 1 F/11 – Scouts: This win came courtesy of a Rougned Odor three run homer, a Joey Gallo bullet, and a Rangers bullpen that was in shutdown mode.
Cardinals 0, Giants 1 – Prof: We had ourselves a pitcher’s duel, friends! And it was the most unlikely guys doing it, too: Jeff Samardzija and Jack Flaherty, who both have losing records. Flaherty was flirting with a no-hitter, but Evan Longoria had a solo homer in the seventh inning – and that one run was all San Francisco needed to secure the win.
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 5 – Scouts: Arizona completed the sweep thanks to 6 shut out innings by rookie Alex Young. In 13.1 innings this year, Young has allowed just 3 hits and 1 earned run.
2 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Scores and Highlights for 7/7/19”
In the context of how this season started for the Nats, I am over the moon with their current record of 47-42, which has them in the first wild card spot, and third-best record in the NL, trailing only the Dodgers and Braves. Of course, there are many teams in that 4x-4x pile, so they’re one bad week away from being 8th best or something, but I’ll take what I can get.
Word came in Saturday that Scott Boras was meeting with all the Lerners, including patriarch Ted, to discuss a contract extension for Anthony Rendon. It was okay for them to let Harper walk, so long as they sign Rendon, but if they botch this, then I think it hurts the perception of the franchise in the eyes of the fans, and also makes the Nats a perpetual second tier franchise when it comes to attracting free agents.
Both Rendon and Max Scherzer were named to the All Star team, but neither will play in the game. Rendon’s been nursing a number of aches and pains, and wants the time off, and Scherzer, whose wife just gave birth to their second daughter on Thursday, says he’s been dealing with some back stiffness and would rather have eight days off between appearances. I’ve not made it a point to watch the All Star game in years, and knowing that no one from my team will be playing means that I’ll be watching anything else tomorrow night.
One minor moment of comedy from yesterday… After five years, we finally got to see that Max Scherzer is really a human being, not some kind of baseball savant automaton. See, the Royals had tied the game in the top of the eighth, after Sean Doolittle allowed an inherited runner to score, and then the Nats went ahead in the bottom of the 8th on a Rendon double, which scored Adam Eaton. Max apparently thought it was a walkoff, though, because this happened:
Reporters said after the game that this was playing on a loop in the clubhouse.
And now comes the four days of bleakness that is the All Star Break
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I’m not bleak. I’m going to dinner in Alcala, Spain, in a few minutes to enjoy croquetas de sepia, Spanish morcilla san Pedro (spiced blood pudding), fine aged stake served raw and thin sliced to be roasted on a heated stone pan on my tabletop, with a side of aged Manchego cheese and crusty miller’s bread, with a bottle of really excellent Murgo rioja.
Tomorrow morning, I’m presenting my paper on Cervantes and the early years of “the western.” Thence, a day knocking around in Madrid, including a visit to the Prado museum.
Then, home Thursday morning for a plunge in my pool. When I’ve slept orf my jet lag I’ll tell you all about the ancient university where I’ve been staying and the famous giant African storks who nest on every church spire and bell tower in Alcala.
Next Monday the 33-55 Feesh return to Macondo Banana Massacre Field, Then things can get bleak.
Hope the rest of you have a good, relaxing ASB.
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