Scouts: Prof wasn’t feeling well yesterday, so it’s just me today. There’s a bunch of games, so I may cut a few recaps short. It’s not like anyone watched yesterday, it was the beginning of football or something right?
Braves 8, Nationals 4 – Scouts: Max Scherzer vs Kyle Wright. Good money is on Mad Max right? That’s why they play the games. Kyle Wright got his first career win, and Scherzer gave up 6 runs in 5.1 innings. Atlanta’s looking like they got some game.
Orioles 1, Yankees 3 – Scouts: Baltimore was 1.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot entering the 4 game set, and absolutely pooped the bed, getting swept by New York. The losses puts Baltimore behind Cleveland, Seattle, and Detroit, and has probably completely ended any shot they had at making a surprising playoff run.
Red Sox 6, Rays 3 – Scouts: Despite Baltimore losing 5 in a row, Boston is still 4 games behind them for worst team in the AL East. Tampa has cooled as of late, winning just 5 of their last 10.
Phillies 1, Marlins 2 Game 1 F/7 – Scouts: Sixto Sanchez pitched all 7 innings vs his former club, allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks.
Phillies 1, Marlins 8 Game 2 F/7 – Scouts: Braxton Garrett made his MLB debut, and showed everyone why he is one of Miami’s top prospects, striking out 6 in 5 innings, while allowing just a single run and helping Miami sweep the double header.
Pirates 0, Royals 11 – Scouts: Brad Keller went the distance in shutting out the Pirates. The start was a nice rebound from his last disastrous outing.
Spiders 5, Twins 7 – Scouts: The Spiders have been fading, losing 7 of their last 10, while Minnesota is surging at just the right time, winning 8 of their last 10. Unfortunately for them, so has Chicago as the two teams remain neck and neck for the division. The Twins touched them all 4 separate times, getting taters out of Marwin Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Ryan Jeffers, and finally Josh Donaldson.
Tigers 2, White Sox 5 – Scouts: We have another rookie pitcher making his big league debut, and similar to the scene in Miami, it was a smashing sucess. While Jonathan Stiever didn’t get the win, the number 6 White Sox prospect did allow just a single run in 3.2 innings and helped set up the bullpen to go the rest of the way.
Cubs 12, Brewers 0 – Scouts: RaysFan was already all over this one, but of course I’ll mention it again here. Alec Mills is a 28 year old, 22nd round pick out of Tennassee-Martin and hasn’t spent a full season in the major league. And yet he just went out and threw the 16th no-hitter in Chicago Cubs history. Isn’t baseball grand?
Reds 10, Cardinals 5 – Scouts: Down 2 runs entering the 6th, the Reds rallied to put up 7 on the board over the final four innings. They have a long road to go and a very little chance to get into the playoffs, but the chance is there just two games out of that final spot.
Athletics 3, Rangers 6 – Scouts: Lance Lynn got it done against the third best team in the AL, striking out 10 over 7 innings and holding Oakland to just a single run. They may not be going anywhere this year, but Texas isn’t going down without a fight.
Mets 3, Blue Jays 7 – Scouts: Quick, who has the 5th best record in the AL? Clearly it’s not the Mets, but it did surprise me to find out it’s the Blue Jays. Hyun Jin Ryu didn’t have his best stuff, and he battled early, but he was still able to hold the Mets to just a single run over 6 strong innings.
Angels 5, Rockies 3 – Scouts: Albert Pujols tied Willie Mays for 5th all time with his 660th career homer. The homer was just the 4th of the season for Pujols, so it’s possible he may not take sole possession of 5th place this year, and who knows if he’s going to make a go of it next year. Alex Rodriguez is sitting pretty comfortably in 4th with 696, and it doesn’t feel like Albert has 36 more left in him.
Mariners 7, D-Backs 3 – Scouts: Seattle has won two in a row, but are 4.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot. With just two weeks left in the season, it’s a long shot.
Giants 0, Padres 6 Game 1 F/7 – Scouts: Mike Clevinger did what the Padres brought him into to do, shutting out the Giants on 7 dominant innings. Despite having the second best record in the NL, San Diego is currently the 4th seed, because LA, but everyone better watch out.
Giants 1, Padres 3 Game 2 F/7 – Scouts: With the sweep of the double header, San Diego is just 2.5 games back of the Dodgers for tops in the division, the league, and the number 1 seed. If only LA would lose a game once in a while.
Astros 1, Dodgers 8 – Scouts: Speaking of which, with San Diego nipping at their heels, the Dodgers absolutely crushed the Astros. And they did it throwing up their bullpen against Zack Greinke who is just 3-2 on the year. Greinke clearly didn’t have his best stuff, allowing 5 runs over 5 innings. AJ Pollock, Mookie Betts, and Chris Taylor all homered for LA.