Prof: Girl power Friday for a short work week. I’m going with an artist I was very into when I was in high school, the uniquely talented Natalie Merchant.
Marlins 10, Pirates 7 – Scouts: Brian Moran had a very long road to the MLB. Drafted way back in 2009, Moran spent time in the Minors, recovering from Tommy John surgery, and was in and out of the Atlantic League. He even spent some time playing winter ball. Well, Moran finally made his MLB debut last night, and you’ll never guess who was in the box. His younger brother Colin Moran. Brian struck out Colin on a 3-2 slider and worked a flawless 4th inning, managing to qualify for the win to boot.
Cubs 10, Brewers 5 – Scouts: Things were pretty close in this one, that is until Kyle Schwarber decided to blow it all open with a grand slam in the 5th.
Twins 2, Red Sox 1 – Prof: Mookie Betts tried it, y’all, he really tried to keep that momentum going. But he ran into two problems: Minnesota actually is very good, and Andrew Cashner forgot how to pitch after he got traded to Boston. It was fast feet and smart baserunning that got the Twins the win. Also didn’t hurt that a based loaded single in the seventh broke the tie.
Blue Jays 4, Rays 6 – Scouts: Austin Meadows is on a bit of a tear of late hitting his 6th homer in the last two weeks. If the Rays hope to get into the playoffs and do some damage there, they will need Meadows to keep it going.
Nationals 2, Braves 4 – Prof: I had to work last night, so my view of the game was living vicariously through my friends and their livetweeting. I would apologize to SomeGuy for saying the Nats had a chance because the Braves are usually hot garbage after a day off but I’m not going to because I’m obviously very happy with the outcome here. I’m especially thrilled that my favorite young Brave, Max Fried, pitched a gem. Seven innings, no earned runs, nine strikeouts. I see you, Max Effort. I see you, son! The only Curly Dub offense of the night came off the lousy Atlanta bullpen in the ninth inning, when Victor Robles hit a two run homer. Oh, and Ronald Acuna Jr. hit yet another home run. Don’t sleep on this guy – he wins MVP in the next five years, I will bank on it.
Mariners 9, Astros 11 F/13 – Scouts: Wow, talk about a game. Seattle blew a early 7 run lead, allowing Houston to tie it back up in the 8th. Then after scoring the go ahead run in the 12th, they blew that aswell. By the time Michael Brantley hit his 20th homer in the 13th to complete the comeback, it came as little surprise.
Phillies 3, Reds 4 F/11 – Prof: Everyone’s talking about Yeli and Belli and Super Rookie Pete Alonso, but I was reminded that Eugenio Suarez has hit 41 home runs this season. His 41st was last night, in the sixth inning. It’s so easy to discount Cincinnati because… it’s Cincinnati. But we should give credit where credit is due. And credit is definitely due to Eugenio Suarez. Oh, and Phillip Ervin hit a homer in extras to win it.
White Sox 7, Spiders 1 – Scouts: Cleveland’s been on quite a roll recently, that is until they ran into a brick wall named Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez threw an absolute gem, striking out 11 over the course of a complete game, the only hit allowed a RBI double to Kevin Plawecki.
Tigers 6, Royals 4 – Scouts: Matthew Boyd was able to do just enough to hold back the surging Royals, holding them to 3 runs across 6.1 innings. A trio of homers in the 4th, by Brandon Dixon, Dawel Lugo, and Jordy Mercer was enough to put Detroit up for good.
Giants 0, Cardinals 10 – Prof: Dakota Hudson, pat yourself on the back because you deserve it, kiddo. The Redbird pitcher went six innings, only gave up one hit, and then went out there and cracked a two run single for his first major league RBI. That’s the kind of hustle I like from my pitchers, even if you are from St. Louis. Only a few weeks ago the Cardinals looked like they were down and out, and now they lead the NL Central by three games. DEVIL MAGIC IS REAL I AM TELLING YOU.
Angels 6, Athletics 10 – Scouts: LA thought they had Oakland beat, but that was before Josh Phegely started a 7 run rally with a two run homer. Oakland got hot and just took over. Mike Trout hit homer number 45.
Rangers 3, Orioles 1 – Prof : I was always a big supporter of Kolby Allard when he was in the Atlanta farm system, but he just couldn’t find his place. He’s found it now, and it’s with Texas. The rookie southpaw has won his third straight start. Although it really doesn’t take much to defeat Baltimore, but let’s be positive!