Scouts: Hey gang, Prof is out today, and I have a lot of games to cover, so apologies if I have to be a little quick on some of the less exciting match-ups. But hey, it’s Friday and that’s what Fridays are for right?
Per Raysfan1’s request, here’s some Fleetwood Mac
Rays, 10 Yankees 5 – Scouts: Tampa came to New York hoping to make a little noise and boy did they. First they dealt the Yankees their first home loss. Then they swept them at home. And finally they booted them out of first place and now hold a half game lead. Tampa has won 5 in a row and 9 of their last 10. They are most certainly for real.
Phillies 2, Blue Jays 3 F/7 (Game 1) – Scouts: Toronto has themselves a 5 game win streak and are starting to look like they want to run with the big boys in the division. Down 2-0 early, their bullpen stepped up to stop the bleeding long enough for the offense to climb back and walk it off in the 7th.
Tigers 0, White Sox 9 – Scouts: Ooh, Detroit has not had a good go of it lately. They are on a 9 game losing streak, and had to sit back helpless as Lucas Giolito carved them up like Sunday dinner. Giolito went 7 strong 3 hit innings, fanning 13 Tigers in the process.
Asterisks 10, Rockies 8 – Scouts: The team from Houston has now won 8 in a row and to do it, they seem to be doing a little bit of everything. The offense is clicking, the starting pitching is cruising, and the bullpen is lights out.
Spiders 2, Pirates 0 – Scouts: Shane Bieber struck out 11 during his 6 shutout innings before he handed things over to his bullpen that picked up where he left off.
Dodgers 6, Mariners 1 – Scouts: Clayton Kershaw moved past Don Drysdale for second on the all time Dodgers strike out list, and he did it in absolute style. He went 7 innings, struck out 11 and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits. Absolutely masterful performance and showed the entire world Clayton has a lot left in the tank.
Brewers 7, Twins 1 – Scouts: Minnesota needed a big win and Jose Berrios showed up ready to play. Berrios was lights out over 6 innings giving the offense enough time to explode for 5 runs in the 7th and 8th innings.
Red Sox 7, Orioles 1 – Scouts: After sweeping a pair of series against the Phillies and Nationals, the O’s have now dropped 5 straight and are back to a game below .500. Nathan Eovaldi went 7 strong innings and the O’s never could get the bats moving.
Rangers 7, Padres 8 F/10 – Scouts: Hey remember when the Rangers were all in tears because they gave up a 3-0 grand slam and about how mean it was? Well, since then they have given up a grand slam in every single game. First it was Fernando Tatis Jr, then it was Wil Myers, then Manny Machado, and now Eric Hosmer had his turn at a granny. But that’s not all folks! San Diego also walked it off in the 10th thanks to a Jake Cronenworth single. Texas needs to find some way to appease the baseball gods and fast.
Reds 4, Cardinals 5 – Scouts: Down 4-1 in the 9th, you’d be forgiven for turning off the game and giving up hope that the Cardinals would be able to rally. You’d be forgiven, but you would have been wrong. They opened the inning up with a hit by pitch, a walk, a pair of singles, a balk and a strike out. And then Kolten Wong stepped up to the plate and deposited a single into center field to walk it off, game over.
D-Backs 1, Athletics 5 – Scouts: Matt Chapman homered in the first and 8th, and Matt Olson went yard in the 4th, and that was all Oakland needed to hand Arizona their 13th loss on the season.
Angels 5, Giants 10 – Scouts: Joey Bart is back, so that’s good. Got a hit too. Wilmer Flores picked up a 2 run homer and a two run single. Brandon Crawford also homered. LA tried to make a game of it, but wasn’t able to string enough cooked numbers on the board to keep up.
Philles 8, Blue Jays 9 F/7 – Scouts: Toronto capped off the second game of the double header thanks to a whild 7 run rally in the 6th, an inning that saw both Rowdy Tellez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homer, as well as a Wild Pitch by Hector Neris that allowed Danny Jansen to score.
Mets, Marlines – PPD