Scouts: Unfortunately Prof couldn’t make it today, she got a new job working for the ACME detective agency. It seems there was a theft of the crown jewels. Something about a woman in a big red hat and trench coat. I’m not entirely sure where in the world Prof is, but it has something to do with Spelunking in the Caves in Madagascar. Meanwhile back in the US of A, we had some pretty important baseball being played played. Tonight will be incredibly important as it’s entirely possible that all four series will come to a conclusion. Ohhhh the DRAMA!
Marlins 0, Braves 2 – Scouts: Atlanta took a commanding lead in the best of 5 series thanks to Ian Anderson and his mighty band of bullpen followers. Anderson allowed just 3 hits over 5.2 dominant shutout innings. When his day was done, the bullpen came in and threw a no hitter the rest of the way. The only support Atlanta needed was a solo homer by Dansby Swanson in the second, but Travis d’Arnaud threw in a backup homer in the 4th just for fun.
Padres 5, Dodgers 5 – Scouts: Now this was a baseball game. San Diego struck both first and last, but LA struck best in an absolutely devastating loss for the Padres. Cody Bellinger had himself one heck of a game with a solo home run in the 4th, as well as taking one away from Fernando Tatis Jr. in the 7th that would have given San Diego the lead. Bellinger’s high way robbery was so stunning, that well someone better give Manny a calm the hell down pill real fast. You know what, I don’t think official MLB highlights will do this enough justice. Here’s Jomboy’s break down of the series of events. Heads up, the video does have some cursing in it, so be careful if you are around others, or have delicate sensitivities.
Athletics 9, Astros 7 – Scouts: Facing elimination Oakland needed to do something and had zero time to do it. And what a way to respond. Oakland struck first with a Tommy LaStella homer in the first. Not to be outdone, Jose Altuve homered in the bottom of the frame, and Carlosa Correa picked up a RBI ground out. Mark Canha homered in response in the second for the A’s. Then Matt Olson went deep in the 4th and Marcus Semien followed suit in the 5th. Down 3-2, the Astros piled on 5 runs in the 5th as the A’s looked to be done for. Down but not out, they came rallying back with a crucial Chad Pinder 3 run homer in the 7th that tied it back up. Oakland wasn’t done yet, picking up two more runs in the 8th, both on sacrifice flies to take game 3. They have some fight left in them, but can they win two more in a row, or will they be going home?
Rays 8, Yankees 4 – Scouts: The Rays are just one win away after a dismantling of the Yankees. The Rays picked up 7 of their 8 runs in innings 4-6 and New York never really had a chance. The Rays picked up the Yankee playbook and went home run happy. Kevin Kiermaier racked up three on a homer in the 4th, Randy Arozarena hit a solo shot in the 5th, and Michael Perez knocked in two going deep to left in the 6th. Game 4 will be played tonight and will see Ryan Thompson take the bump for Tampa and Jordan Montgomery for the Yanks.