Scouts: Prof isn’t available today, she was recruited by music loving time travelers to play a Glass Harmonica for a band which would help to unite all humanity in the year 2051 in a galaxy far far away. Meanwhile, she wanted to send her congratulations to the teams that moved on to the next round of the 2020 playoffs. She also said to say something about Anthrax rules or something. I dunno, I wasn’t really paying attention.
Reds 0, Braves 5 – Scouts: Ian Anderson and the Braves bullpen eliminated the Reds in style, throwing a 2 hit shutout. The game was actually really close most of the way until the Braves busted out with 4 runs in the 8th thanks to homers by Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall.
Cardinals 9, Padres 11 – Scouts: The Padres, down four runs early, and facing elimination never panicked. They slowly but surely mounted a comeback and eventually flipped the script. (See what I did there?) Yes, yes Fernando Tatis homered twice and threw in a pretty special bat flip for good measure. Wil Myers also homered twice and Manny Machado threw in a solo shot to boot. Tonight, we will decide who moves on and who goes home.
Brewers 0, Dodgers 3 – Scouts: The Brewers never really had a chance. They struggled to even make the playoffs, and after losing Game 1, and staring Clayton Kershaw on the mound, well it just wasn’t even fair. Kershaw allowed 3 hits and 1 walk over 8 innings while striking out 13. After the game Kershaw gave the most “well duh” answer to any question ever saying “This was a fun night for me.”
White Sox 4, Athletics 6 – Scouts: After the White Sox had their little melt down and started throwing at people for bat flips, I personally was moved solidly from the “Don’t really care about them” camp to the “I can’t wait to watch them get bounced from the playoffs” camp. And today is that day. Oakland moves on and Chicago gets to go home and think about what the hell happened over the last two or so weeks of the year. Chicago actually jumped to an early 3-0 lead, but in what’s become the norm for them, they completely collapsed. it started with a Sean Murphy solo homer in the 4th, that opened up a 4 run inning. Two more runs thanks to a Chad Pinder single in the 5th, and the Sox were D-O-N-E, done.
Marlines, Cubs – PPD due to rain. The game is scheduled to play Friday.