Good Saturday morning; the president of the United States remains racist. The fiancee is out buying a wedding dress today, so I’m staying home in the air conditioning. Today’s track is “Sour Fruit” from Portland’s own MELT; both the sludge pop and the band’s name fit today’s deadly heat all up and down the Northeast. If you’re in this neck of the woods and you absolutely must go outside, drink plenty of water, and have an extra buck on you to buy water for someone else. Be good to each other. Now in baseball:
The Orioles were bad last year and they remain bad, but you wouldn’t know it last night if you watched them disembowel the Red Sox with an 11-2 lead in Baltimore. The Orioles played good baseball at home in a surprising near-double-digit win, while the Red Sox couldn’t seem to field or hit against them. Hell, David Price allowed six runs! The Red Sox already have the postseason slipping from their fingers; they’re eleven games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Sure, it’s not as bad as the O’s, who are a staggering 33 games back. But if Boston can’t turn this weekend around, they’ll find themselves hanging out with Baltimore and Toronto when the playoffs come. Xander Bogaerts doesn’t like that idea.
Meanwhile, the Mets played another extra innings game against the Giants last night in San Fran, with the Giants once again winning with a run, this time at the bottom of the tenth. The game didn’t go as long as Thursday night’s, but it ended in a similar fashion, with Dominic Smith fumbling the ball and allowing the Giants to score the winning run. This time, Alex Dickerson ran home from first off of Pablo Sandoval’s fly to left field. The score put the Giants at .500 for wins, and the Mets farther back from wild card dreams. Perhaps Citi Field tickets won’t be so expensive in September after all, I guess. Mets play Giants again tonight for the third of four games in this series, which they can tie if they want.
In New York, Yankee Stadium stank of sweat as fans and players stuck out a hot night to watch the Yanks beat the Rockies 8-2. Although the Rocks got an early lead with two runs in the second — Ryan McMahon hit his tenth career home run for one of them — they couldn’t keep up with the heat. The Yankees, however, know how to play baseball in the Bronx humidity for the most part. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Edwin Encarnacion grand slammed the ball, bringing the Yankees up 4-2. Some sloppy fielding from the Rocks got the Yankees two more runs between then and the sixth. Then Aaron Judge took the plate, homered — his eleventh this year — and sent both himself and DJ LeMahieu around the bases. The Rockies couldn’t cool off; Yanks won it 8-2.
Speaking of not dealing with the heat, Bud Black had a problem with the ump last night over a checked swing; God bless these Jomboy Media breakdowns:
Both the Yanks and the Rocks will face off again this afternoon, when the heat index will hit its peak. I might watch this game just to watch folks in Yankee Stadium sweat like pigs, because — you know — schadenfruede.
Again, if you’re outside today in New York, or anywhere in the Northeast, or — shit — anywhere, drink water. Dress light. Look out for your neighbors. This world will kill us all and fat fucks with the power to do something about it won’t. Don’t wait up for them. Be good. Stay cool. +