Scouts: I’m not feeling terribly creative today, a long week of horrendous allergies has kept me from any decent amount of sleep. Summer is nearing a close, and on the one hand I’ll be grateful to escape the 95, but with humidity feels like the surface of the sun, and then I get to almost immediately face the “Is it snow, or is it ice? Let’s find out!” Anyone got any last minute summer plans before the sun takes a long nap?
Phillies 5, Red Sox 2 – Scouts: They were in Boston, so of course Bryce Harper was hearing a lot of trash talk. His season hasn’t exactly gone the way he had hoped. But then again neither has the Red Sox’s season. Well, Bryce got the last laugh on this night with a two run bomb to left that broke the game open for the Phillies.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3 – Scouts: The Brewers needed a win badly, and the baseball gods smiled upon them, and then opened the floodgates in the 8th inning. Keston Hiura provided Christian Yelich some desperately needed protection in the order tallying a pair of RBI’s on a single and a double.
Giants 11, Cubs 12 – Scouts: This one was an absolute slug fest. 7 homers totaled among both teams, 19 strikeouts, and yet they still managed 23 runs. The 4th inning was the only clean inning by both squads. The final blow came off Kris Bryant’s bat, a two run homer to center in the 8th.
Tigers 2, Astros 1 – Prof: Justin Verlander got the loss but he still pitched a lights out kind of game. It’s not his fault that Houston’s bats were just a smidge cold. Verlander went the distance, striking out eleven and only gave up two hits total. So props where props are due to the eventual AL Cy Young winner (should I put money down on it? Because I’m convinced). Anyway, El Tigre roared, with two solo home runs in the victory.
Yankees 4, Athletics 6 – Scouts: Another big win for the A’s who leaned heavily on Liam Hendriks to get the final 5 outs of a close ballgame.
Blue Jays 1, Dodgers 2 F/11 – Scouts: No matter if they score 12 runs or they score 2, the Dodgers seem to be able to do just enough to get the win. This one came after Rowdy Tellez homered in the 9th to send this to extras. Well, Max Muncy wasn’t having none of that and walked off his 33 homer on the year.
Padres 2, Reds 4 – Prof: Cincinnati wins the series thanks to two bases loaded walks and a solo home run.
Mariners 6, Rays 7 – Scouts: Some days you get the goose and some days the goose gets you. Or something like that. After dropping the first two against a suddenly hot Seattle squad, Tampa had some redemption to do. First Kevin Kiermaier homered to tie it up in the 9th, then a wile pitch by Matt Magill allowed Willy Adames to score the winning run. I mean technically it was a walk off, but I’m willing to bet he was running pretty hard.
White Sox 4, Twins 0 – Prof: Lucas Giolito has blossomed in Chicago, striking out twelve in a shutout. An absolutely beautiful performance full of four seam fastballs and beautiful changeups. His teammates pitched in to help, mostly Jose Abreu and his two RBI singles, as well as scoring on a wild pitch.
Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 2 – Scouts: Tim Melville found himself without a professional baseball job in the beginning of the year, and was just about out of baseball. Now two years to the day after his last Major League start, Melville picked up a win on 7 dominant, 2 hit innings.
Royals 1, Orioles 8 – Prof: Good news, bad news for Baltimore. The Birds tied the major league record for most home runs allowed – they gave up their 258th homer, and show no signs of stopping any time soon. However, in this game they were able to get some of it back by launching four of their own. The only run scored by Kansas City was by the reliable Whit Merrifield and his solo dinger, the record tying one.
Nationals 11, Pirates 1 – Prof: Patrick Corbin went eight innings, and also had an RBI double. That tells you how well the Nats did last night, when even the pitcher is getting his knocks in. Yan Gomes went 2-3 with 2 RBI, and Anthony Rendon went 2-4 with 2 RBI also. Asdrubal Cabrera had a three run homer.
Marlins 0, Braves 5 – Scouts: Atlanta’s starting to heat up at just the right time. Julio Teheran shut out the Marlins over 5 innings while Ronald Acuna and Adeiny Hechavarria provided the offence with two run homers.
Angels 7, Rangers 8 – Prof: A good old fashioned back and forth slugfest between these heated AL West rivals. The Angels went hard in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring five runs and getting a good lead, but then Hunter Pence happened. Baseball’s weirdest cat went 2-5 and had three RBI in the seventh and ninth inning. Shin-Soo Choo also had an RBI single in the eighth and the Rangers get the come-from-behind win.
Spiders 3, Mets 4 F/10 – Scouts: The Spiders thought they had won the game when Carlos Santana homered in the 10th, but Michael Conforto and J.D. Davis had thoughts of their own. Conforto go things started with a ground out RBI to give the Mets some life, adn then J.D Davis singled in the winning run with two down to stun the Spiders.