Prof: Happy Friday! We made it!
Rays 5, Orioles 2 – Scouts: Wily Adames started the game off with a pair of errors that led to a early Baltimore lead. Then the rains came, and during the break, Adames opened up social media for some reason (Seriously people, let’s just all delete twitter, it’s the worst) and received a DM telling him that he sucked. Apparently this worked as some sort of reverse motivator, because Adames then went out and went 3-4 for 3 RBI’s, including a homer in the 5th and made a pretty good defensive stop.
Nationals 7, Pirates 1 – Prof: Mad Max is back! Now, he was only able to stay out there for four innings, gave up a run and only struck out three, but this is a positive beginning to the Nats’ late season run. If they want to somehow catch Atlanta and/or gain a wild card berth, they need Scherzer to be healthy. Howie Kendrick Lamar had a two run homer and Anthony Rendon had a solo dinger as well.
Spiders 0, Mets 2 – Scouts: We haven’t talked about Syndergaard all that much lately, and he hasn’t been having the best season of his career, but he had himself a pretty good game last night. Thor pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing the only two spider hits of the game, both singles that were quickly dispatched. Hopefully he’s on the rebound, because I sure miss him.
Marlins 2, Braves 3 – Prof: HECH YEAH. Adeiny Hechavarria, that is. The emergency late season pickup is proving to be a breath of fresh air for Atlanta. The former Mets second baseman is seeing significant playing time because of injuries to key players Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson. Hechavarria went 2-4 with a key RBI. As always, Freddie Freeman came through clutch with a home run.
Royals 4, Red Sox 5 F/10 – Scouts: It took longer for most fans to enter the stadium than the entire game took. This game was suspended due to weather a few weeks ago and ended in 12 minutes flat. Josh Taylor picked up where he left off on August 7th, getting Nick Dini to line out on the first pitch he threw retiring the side. Andrew Benintendi struck out to start the 10th, Christian Vazquez doubled, followed by an intentional walk to Richard Lovelady, and finally Brock Holt singled in the winning run. Game. Set. Match. To the Red Sox’s credit, Adults got into the game for $5, and all proceeds went to the Jimmy Fund. Kids got in for free and ran the bases after the game was over.
Giants 0, Cubs 1 – Prof: Kyle Hendricks has had a rough go of it this season, but he got back into the win column with this solid performance at the Friendly Confines. Seven innings, seven punchouts. Sadly, his opponent Jeff Samardzija also had a good game, but by virtue of having given up one run, and two hits total, gets the loss. The only hit, by the way, was an RBI single from Anthony Rizzo.
Rockies 5, Cardinals 6 – Scouts: The Cardinals win another game, and holy heck, they are 10 games over .500 and still winning folks! Paul DeJong, Dexter Fowler, and Marcell Ozuna all homered in the win.
Tigers 3, Astros 6 – Scouts: There was some controversy yesterday after Justin Verlander asked the Astros to deny access to a Detroit reporter after the game, seemingly in violation of MLB rules. Apparently the “reporter” is more of a troll than a reporter and Verlander finally had enough and said he would refuse to speak if that reporter was around. Verlander claims he’s reached out to the reporter’s organization multiple times, the Detroit Free Press, but they have declined to respond. Now the reporter is saying no one’s heard from Verlander. MLB stepped in and told the Astros to let the guy in. It’s a real whirlwind situation!
Rangers 1, White Sox 6 – Prof: The usual suspects contributed to a White Sox victory – Yoan Moncada, James McCann, Jose Abreu. For Texas, Elvis Andrus still had some life left in him by absolutely crushing a 447 foot dinger to left center.
Yankees 3, Athletics 5 – Scouts: The Yankees still have a 8 game lead over the Rays who are having themselves a pretty great year, so there’s certainly no need to panic, but the A’s did just take three in a row against them, and that’s certainly showing them to be at least something of a threat come October if they can maintain their hold one of the Wild Card spots. Right now, there’s two spots, and Oakland, Tampa, and Cleveland are all neck and neck.
Blue Jays 2, Dodgers 3 – Scouts: It’s almost as if they are doing it intentionally. The Dodgers walk off yet another game, this time it was Enrique Hernandez who got in on the fun, and he managed to do it on his own bobblehead night. Outstanding.