Scouts: Prof isn’t available today, she tripped and fell into a time vortex inside of a wardrobe. She’s currently fighting off bad umpiring calls in the early 4th century and calling for wooden umpires. All Hail Our Oak Overloards!
A lot of talk was had yesterday (And rightfully so, about Eddie Van Halen passing away at age 65, losing a battle against throat cancer. However I also wanted to bring up singer-songwriter Johnny Nash, who passed away at the age of 80. Nash was best known for his hit “I Can See Clearly Now”. Nash, who later found success as one of the first artists to bring Reggae to the US after his early success faded. He actually helped launch the career of close friend Bob Marley.
“I think I’ve achieved gratification in terms of the people I’ve had the chance to meet. I never won the Grammy, but I don’t put my faith in things of that nature,” he added. “A lifetime body of work I can be proud of is more important to me. And the special folksy blend to the music I make, that’s what it is all about.”
Astros 5, Athletics 2 – Scouts: The tragic tale of Houston the Cheats continues as the Astros collect win number two and are now just a win away from their 4th straight ALCS. There would seem to be nothing redeeming about this team, and yet they don’t really seem to care. They are here to win, damn what anyone else thinks. Framber Valdez allowed just 5 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings, while his counterpart Sean Manaea couldn’t make it out of the 5th, allowing 4 runs and a pair of homers. Almost the entirety of scoring in this one came off the long ball with Khris Davis and Chad Pinder going deep for the A’s, and George Springer (Twice), Martin Maldonado knocking them out for Houston. So barring an absolute epic collapse, the Astros will live on to be hated another week.
Anyways, the Rays absolutely dominated the game, a much needed win to even the series. Tyler Glasnow struck out 10 in 5, while J.A. Happ couldn’t make it more than 2.2 innings. The only saving grace for New York was Giancarlo Stanton who homered twice and picked up 4 RBI’s.
Marlins 5, Braves 9 – Scouts: Finally the NL enters the chat, and the Braves jumped into it in style, thanks to a 6 run 7th inning that saw a three run homer from Travis d’Arnaud and a two run shot by Dansby Swanson. And all this despite starter Max Fried allowing 4 runs in 4 innings.
Padres 1, Dodgers 5 – Scouts: Mike Clevinger was forced out after just one inning, putting the Padres in a huge bind. Walker Buehler with a blister on his finger needed 95 pitches to get through four innings. And yet we still had a pitching duel. That is until the 6th inning when the Dodgers cracked it open for 4 of their 5 runs on the night. Amazingly, neither team homered the entire night. Better buckle up fans, Angel Hernandez is scheduled behind the plate tonight, and after C.B. Bucknors performance, you just know he’s feeling in need of some attention.