Prof: Girl Power Friday? You bet. Heading into the long weekend with one of the coolest alternative bands ever, with the baddest lead singer in the game. I think I featured Blondie once before, so I’m trying to go with lesser known gems from this important New Wave band.
Reds 3, Marlins 4 F/12 – Prof: We live in a gilded age of baseball. I know the popular narrative is that BASEBALL IS DYING, but how can it be when we have records falling by the wayside and rookies who come straight out of the chute like old vets? Even afterthought teams like Cincinnati have guys like Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino. Aquino just broke Cody Bellinger’s record for most home runs by a rookie in a month. Meanwhile, the Feesh actually won this game. My apologies to Miami, it’s just that the Reds had a more exciting player to talk about. Better talk about it now, before baseball falls into a coma.
Mariners 5, Rangers 3 – Scouts: Although Felix Hernandez isn’t quite the pitcher he used to be, he was exceptionally good for a very long time. No one knows yet where Hernandez will play next season once his contract with Seattle comes to a close. Or if he’ll even play at all. So that makes the few remaining starts he has left all the more important. Hernandez recorded 3 strike outs over 5 innings, moving him to 37th of all time, ahead of hall of famer Christy Mathewson.
Pirates 11, Rockies 8 – Scouts: Colorado continues to be plagued by a pitching staff that’s just a little worse than their offense can support. Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed 7 runs on 7 hits and wasn’t able to escape the first inning. His relief wasn’t much help either. Kevin Newman was all over the place for Pittsburgh, tallying a 4-4 performance with 4 RBI’s and a pair of homers.
Spiders 2, Tigers 0 – Prof: Mike Clevinger struck out ten in eight innings, an absolutely beautiful night for Sunshine. Is it fair to say that he’s aiming for that number one spot in the Magical Rotation of Cleve now that Trevor Bauer is gone? I know Corey Kluber is still alive, but Sunshine is getting stronger. Delicious Francisco Lindor truffle had a homer.
Athletics 9, Royals 8 – Prof: The Royals kept coming back and coming back, but the A’s just had that little extra bit in them. Mostly it was Jurickson Profar and his 3 RBI (one of which came because he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning).
Twins 10, White Sox 5 – Prof: The Twins set a major league record for home runs on the road last night thanks to a three dinger night from Jake Cave and CJ Cron. Cave went yard twice. Obviously, Minnesota won’t stop there, as they’ve been slugging machines lately.
Rays 9, Astros 8 – Scouts: Tampa finally busted out against the red hot Astros. Austin Meadows and Travid d’Arnaud homered for the Rays.
Cubs 4, Mets 1 – Prof: Big night for catcher Victor Caratini, who hit two home runs off Jacob deGrom. Jon Lester gets the win, Craig Kimbrel gets the save.
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 11 – Scouts: Someone gave LA a taste of their own medicine, as Hyun-Jin Ryu shockingly allowed 10 hits and 7 runs over 4.2 innings. Woof.
Padres 5, Giants 3 – Scouts: Remember Chris Paddack? Well he’s back. After bursting out on the scene, Paddack started to slump a little, including the worst start of his career last week against the Red Sox. Well, Paddack rebounded to strike out 8 Padres over 7 innings, allowing just 1 run in the process.