Scouts: We are back! Yes, we took the Wild Card games off, since they were just one game a day, and Gator did such a great job with the live game threads. It was great having the slight break, and now that the real playoffs have begun, I’m super excited to get back at it. Prof is feeling really under the weather, so she’s gets the day off. So that means you get me for both games today. I know, it’s a lot of extra work, so make sure to guilt trip her over it. Just kidding of course. Get well soon Prof! I know we usually do girl power Friday, but I’m really feeling the Spider-Man soundtrack today, so I hope you’ll excuse the break in routine.
Cardinals 7, Braves 6 – Scouts: Devil Magic was in full effect last night as the Cards stormed the Braves for 2 in the 8th, and 4 in the 9th. Atlanta attempted a comeback in the 9th, but fell short when Carlos Martinez was able to retire Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis to end the game. Things were off to a pretty slow start, with the Braves picking up a run in the first and two in the 6th, and the Cards picking up on in the 5th. It wasn’t until Paul Goldschmidt homered in the 8th that things started to get really exciting. For the Braves, the bullpen has been a question mark the entire season, and Luke Jackson and Mark Melancon let the squad down in this one. Ronald Acuna and Freddie Freeman both homered in the 9th, but it was too little too late.
Nationals 0, Dodgers 6 – Scouts: No disrespect to the Nats or their fans, but the Dodgers are simply on another level right now, and they soundly dominated the Nats. Walker Buehler opened up the series holding the Nats to 1 hit and 8 strikeouts over 6 innings, and the bullpen carried the rest of the way allowing just 1 further hit. 5 total base-runners is not going to get it done vs this team, no way no how. On the other side of the ball, things didn’t improve any for the Nats, as Patrick Corbin didn’t get things started off on the right foot, walking Max Muncy, allowing the first run to score in the first inning. Following that, the next run came in the 5th with Max Muncy batting after a fielding error by Howie Kendrick. Then in the 7th, Max Muncy was in the thick of it again, singling in Joc Pederson and Justin Turner. By the time Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson homered in the 8th, the game was well past over. The Nats will have to improve in every aspect of the game if they hope to stay in this thing.