Prof: It’s just me today, guys. I’m trying to do my best, but we have a full slate of games and tons of them are still in the seventh or lower at 10:30pm (when I’m setting the post up). So bear with me, might be a little choppy today.
Orioles 3, Yankees 8 – In game five million of a ten million game series, the Yankees once again defeated the Orioles by a ridiculous margin. Bright spots for Baltimore are that Anthony Santander, Stevie Wilkerson, and Reynaldo Nunez all homered. DJ LeMahieu continued the never ending home run streak that New York has against the Birds.
Reds 1, Nationals 3 – Juan Soto and Brian Dozier both had solo homers in the fourth inning and the Nats cruise to an easy victory.
Cubs 2, Phillies 4 – Philadelphia spent all kinds of money on free agents, including an insane amount on Bryce Harper, but failed to remember that coaches and managers are also just as important. The most recent tweak to the team was firing their hitting coach and hiring former manager Charlie Manuel to take his place. Cholly, beloved in the City of Brotherly Love, has apparently made an immediate impact, as his first game back in uniform has the Phillies beating Chicago. JT Realmuto was your offensive leader; a home run and an RBI double.
Athletics 2, Giants 3 – MadBum goes seven and struck out nine. Will Smith gets another save.
Pirates 10, Angels 7 – I don’t have much to say except Shohei Ohtani went 2-5 with two ribbies and Trout got walked three times.
Rangers 0, Blue Jays 3 – Toronto had nothing but bombs. Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez, and Billy McKinney were your perpetrators.
Red Sox 7, Spiders 6 F/10 – Chris Sale got the no decision, but he also got his career 2,000th strikeout. He’s the fastest to 2k in history, breaking the immortal Pedro Martinez’ record by over 100 innings pitched.
Mariners 11, Tigers 6 – I respect the Tigers. It takes a lot of dignity to go out there knowing that you’re probably going to lose and still give it your all. I couldn’t even put it into words, but thankfully someone on Twitter has:
Dodgers 15 , Marlins 1 – I don’t know if it’s because of juiced balls, or hitters getting smarter, or both, but lopsided destruction is a given these days. This is no exception. Los Angeles had six home runs against the Feesh, including one from Cody Bellinger, running neck and neck with Christian Yelich for MVP status.
Mets 3, Braves 5 – Max Power!!!! As you know, of the young pitchers out there, Max Fried is my favorite. The Braves youngster once again showed why he’s an important building block of Atlanta’s future. He’s won his 14th game of the season. Oh, and Ronald Acuna hit another home run. He’s on his way to that 40-40 club.
Twins 7, Brewers 5 – Josh Hader blew it! Milwaukee had rallied back in the seventh thanks to a Yelich double and a Grandal three run homer, but the eighth inning saw Marwin Gonzalez groove one deep into left center for a three run score that the Brew Crew couldn’t bounce back from.
Cardinals 2, Royals 0 – Rather boring game between these two Show-Me teams. The win puts St. Louis 1.5 games back of Chicago for the NL Central lead.
Astros 6, White Sox 2 (Game 1) – This was Zack Greinke’s second start with Houston and it was a good one. Six innings, six strikeouts. George Springer and Jose Altuve both had solo dingers.
Astros 1, White Sox 4 (Game 2) – This was supposed to have been a slam dunk, but penciled starter Gerrit Cole had to be scratched due to a hamstring issue. This meant that the White Sox was able to battle back under the watchful eye of Ivan Nova, who went the distance in his second complete game of the season.
Rays 7, Padres 5 – Ji-Man Choi smacks a two run Homer with two outs in the seventh to put Tampa over the top.