Scouts: Prof isn’t available today, she accidently slipped and fell into a black hole. With any luck she’ll return tomorrow with winning lottery numbers and the results of a little game I like to call “2020: Can it really get any worse than this?”
Astros 4, Twins 1 – Scouts: It was looking like this one was headed into extras for the longest time. Kenta Maeda was throwing daggers, allowing just two hits over 5 innints. Zack Greinke allowed just one run over 4 innings, and the two bullpens seemed to have things under control. That is until the 9th when Houston’s offense finally woke up. Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa got things started with back to back singles before Sergio Romo was able to retire Josh Reddick and Martin Maldonado. Then down to their final out, George Springer reached on a fielder’s choice and throwing error by Jorge Polanco that left the based loaded. Jose Altuve then worked a bases loaded walk to break open the tie. Michael Brantley singled in Correa and Springer and that they say was that.
White Sox 4, Athletics 1 – Scouts: The White Sox have not had a good go of it as of late. They absolutely collapsed down the stretch, melting down in every sense of the word. It honestly was looking like they may not win another game all season. But that’s why they pay Lucas Giolito the big bucks. Or if they don’t, they sure should. The Chicago ace shut down the Athletics allowing just two hits and one run over 7 innings while striking out 8. Things also improved for the team offensively, with Adam Engel, Jose Abreu, and Yasmani Grandal all homering. By the time the A’s picked up their one run in the 8th, the game was well in hand.
Blue Jays 1, Rays 3 – Scouts: After getting a few surprises in the White Sox and Astros matchups, we finally get to a game with an expected outcome. Blake Snell was lights out for the Rays, allowing just 1 hit and two walks, while striking out 9 over 5.2 innings. Tampa’s first run came on a wild pitch walk in the fourth, and then a two run homer by Manuel Margot in the 7th to seal the deal.
Yankees 12, Spiders 3 – Scouts: Often times great pitching will shut down great offense. This was not one of those times. The Yankees scored early and often against Shane Bieber who ended up allowing 7 runs on 9 hits over 4.2 innings. Gerrit Cole on the other hand did what New York brought him into do, striking out 13 batters over 7 innings. New York got homers out of Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Brett Gardner, and Giancarlo Stanton.