Scouts: Happy post All-Star break return everyone! It’s just me today, and there’s a ton of games to get through, so this will be a bit more brief than usual.
Rays 4, Orioles 1 – Scouts: The Rays were on the cusp of the first combined perfect game thanks to the opener strategy. Unfortunately the Oriole’s had to spoil that with a lead-off hit in the 9th against the shift. Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough combined for 8 perfect innings before the damage was done.
Nationals 3, Phillies 4 – Scouts: Jake Arrieta pitching through a bone spur in his right elbow, was able to hold the Nats to just one run on 5 innings. He wasn’t able to get the win however, but he did keep his team in contention long enough for Maikel Franco to walk it off in the bottom of the ninth.
Blue Jays 2, Yankees 4 – Scouts: The Yankees just keep on winning. Despite committing 3 errors in the game, and facing Marcus Stroman, Masahiro Tanaka, Aroldis Chapman, and one of the best bullpens in the game were able to keep the Jays to just a pair of runs and complete yet another series victory.
Twins 3, Spiders 4 – Scouts: Minnesota continues to struggle to find any consistency, losing to the team from Clev, thanks to a Carlos Santana homer in the 7th.
Mets 6, Marlins 2 – Scouts: One of the few teams that can make the Mets look good, did just that, Robinson Cano to homer as part of a 4-5 night. Jeff McNeil also went yard as the Marlins never had a chance.
Giants 8, Brewers 3 – Scouts: Tyler Beede has been showing steady improvement this year, and after just being recalled from Double A Richmond before the game, he continued to impress. Beede lasted 6.2 innings, holding the Brewers to just 3 runs as well as going 2-4 with an RBI from the dish as well.
Tigers 12, Royals 8 – Scouts: Down 3-1 after the first inning, it would have been easy for the Tigers to just pack it in, but instead they came out with a massive 7 run 3rd inning that helped propel them to the win.
D-Backs 2, Cardinals 5 – Scouts: Zack Greinke had another rough outing, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings. Meanwhile, Adam Wainwright looked like the Adam of old, shutting out the D-Backs across 7 strong 4 hit innings.
Pirates 3, Cubs 8 – Scouts: After giving up an early lead, the Cubs bashed their way back to victory, with Jason Heyward, Albert Almora, and Kyle Schwarber all providing the fireworks.
Astros 12, Rangers 4 – Scouts: JV may believe the ball is being juiced, but if it is, today it worked in his favor as the Astros just lit it up thanks in no small part to an Jose Altuve Grand Slam and Yuli Gurriel two run homer in the 7th.
Reds 9, Rockies 10 – Scouts: Ryan McMahon led the way, with a 3-4, 3 RBI performance, falling just a homer shy of the cycle for the Rockies. The Reds closed the gap in the 6th, but was unable to complete the comeback.
Athletics 3, White Sox 2 – Scouts: the A’s are continuing their hottest streak of the year, sweeping the White Sox, and doing so in the most dramatic fashion, walking it off thanks to a fielders choice and a throwing error by Jose Rondon.
Braves 4, Padres 1 – Scouts: Mike Soroka threw 7 stellar shut-out innings, and the Braves bullpen managed to hold onto a 4 run lead from there. Freddie Freeman knocked in a 3-run homer, and Nick Markakis singled in an insurance run.
Dodgers 7, Red Sox 4 F/12 – Scouts: This one went deep into the night as the Dodgers took 12 innings to dispose of the Sox. Both teams came out swinging in the first with Hyun-Jin Ryu allowing a pair, and David Price giving up a three, but then things settled down until the Sox tied it up again in the 8th, thanks to homers by Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez. But L.A. couldn’t be held down forever and eventually busted out against Hector Velazquez.