Prof: My apologies. This weekend kinda kicked my butt, then the whammy of the HBT news, being exhausted from what occurred this weekend with me, and being worried about the tropical storm heading right towards where I live didn’t help. Sorry for being MIA. But just like the Prodigal Son, I’ve returned.
Asterisks 8, D-backs 2 – Scouts: Just about the entire lineup got a hit, including homers by jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. George Springer pitched in with 3 RBI’s. Madison Bumgarner is now 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA after allowing 7 earned in 4.1 innings.
Pirates 3, Twins 7 – Scouts: Nelson Cruz continues his hot streak, taking the MLB league in RBI’s after a very fine 3-4 performance. The Twins jumped out to a 9-2 start and at the moment look like they can’t be beat.
Spiders 4, Reds 2 – Prof: Shane Bieber had a rare misstep in allowing two solo dingers against Cincinnati, but he got back on the horse and kept on riding into the eighth inning. Despite the two dingers, the Biebs still has an ERA of 0.83. Nasty.
Red Sox 1, Rays 5 – Prof: CHARLIE F’N MORTON gets the win and the Rays keep on keepin’ on. Austin Meadows had Covid. Did y’all know that? I had no idea. Boston, frankly, stinks. They can’t hit the broad side of a barn these days.
Mets 3, Nationals 5 – Prof: Our colleague SomeGuyinVA has a lot to say about Carter Kieboom, and I think he’s brought some much needed mojo to the Nats. Kieboom, not SomeGuy, although I’m sure that SG would also bring mojo to his beloved team. They lit up Steven Matz like he was the Fourth of July, five runs in three innings, including a solo home run from Howie Kendrick Lamar. On the flip side, my favorite Met Michael Conforto hit a two run homer.
Rangers 1, A’s 5 – Scouts: Oakland walked it off in the best way possible. With a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th by Stephen Piscotty. Man the digital fans must have been going nuts for that one!
Dodgers 5, Padres 2 – Scouts: Things weren’t looking great for the Dodgers, until AJ Pollock came off the bench in the 7th, doubled in the tie-breaking run, and then homered a bonus run in the 9th. One thing is for sure. San Diego is no joke no more.
Angels 5, Mariners 3 – Scouts: Alby Pujols is now just a single homer shy of Willie May’s career total of 660 after a two-run homer in the first. For the moment, Willie Mays is 5th in the all time list with Alex Rodriguez in 4th with 696. So now all we can do is wait.
Blue Jays 1, Braves 10 – Prof: Monday I hunkered down to pay attention to what would have been a sainted matchup between two goats, but then Mike Soroka went down with a season ending injury and also, I felt like dying. Yesterday was the Maple Maddux’s birthday, and his rotation partner and Braves BFF Max Fried took the mound. Longtime readers of this blog know that I am not only the driver of the Max Fried Bandwagon but I am the person who built the dang thing. This male model who moonlights as a pitcher went out there and did the damn thing, giving hope to saddened Atlanta fans, heart to his teammates, and a big fat W to the Braves’ record. Losing Soroka is tough, but having Fried in your back pocket helps lighten the load. Oh, and Austin Riley hit a three run dinger. Let the kids play, indeed.
White Sox 3, Brewers 2 – Scouts: Lucas Giolito went 6 strong 2 run innings, Eloy Jimenez homered to tie the game, and Jose Abreu singled in the winning run. All in all a pretty by the books game for the Sox.
Royals 4, Cubs 5 – Scouts: The Cubbies were hitting them all over the place, with homers by Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis, and Wilson Contreras. Chi-town is now 9-2, with a commanding 4 game lead over the Reds for the division.
Marlins 4, Orioles 0 – Prof: Y’all, I jinxed Baltimore. I had said how impressed I was that they were being relatively fruitful and now they are being beaten by literally the scraps of major league baseball. Name a Marlin right now. In fact the ones I know are former Orioles and Brewers, and Francisco Cervelli, who started the rally with a solo homer. If you put a gun to my head and said “NAME A MARLIN RIGHT NOW” I wouldn’t have been able to do it. But they beat an equally depleted Oriole team, so I don’t know if we can really throw a parade in their honor.
Giants 2, Rockies 5 – Scouts: German Marquez pitched a masterful performance, locking down the San Francisco bats for 7.1 innings allowing just 2 runs. He faced former Baltimore Oriole can’t-miss-kid Kevin Gausman who allowed his usual 4 runs over 5.1 innings.
Phillies, Yankees – PPD – Covid-19
Cardinals, Tigers – PPD – Covid-19
Phillies, Marlins – PPD-Covid-19