Well, it’s true. Actually, Adam hit a ball today that almost left the park and that’s better than anything I’ve seen Lance hit in 3 weeks.
I have NO idea what is wrong with that boy but until he starts hitting, and I don’t mean piddly singles up the middle, this team is going to keep sinking.
Chris Sampson pitched well enough to lose. Again. 3 runs in 6 innings. Garner pulled him after the 6th – he’d thrown only 69 pitches, but I guess Gar figured he’d get killed the 4th time through the lineup – he started warming up the relievers after the 4th inning. Sampson gave up some very well hit balls on sinkers that didn’t sink.
No runs scored because of bad defense/plays not made that should have today.
I can’t really blame Phil for telling guys to steal – this is a team that is not hitting for spit and you HAVE to manufacture runs SOMEhow. Lance got CS to end the first, and Pence didn’t pull of his end of a bizarre double steal in the second. Pence wasn’t much of a base stealer in the minors, not sure if he’d ever stolen home before. That was just strange and one of Phil’s odder ideas and he has a LOT of odd ideas.
Qualls came in to relieve and gave up 2 runs – he wasn’t sharp at ALL – this is what happens when you let your relievers go too long between appearances. And those turned out to be the deciding runs because Carlos Lee hit a 2 run homer in the 8th that would have been the game winner.
Lamb should NOT be leading off – he’s been slumping as badly as Everett and Ensberg and Berkman these past 3 weeks.
And no one has noticed, but Pence is hitting almost exclusively infield singles – he’s pulling everything to left. He hasn’t gotten a single ball in the air since we left the Box.
And you want to talk about bizarre unexplainable things Phil does? How about taking Pence out, shifting Berkman to center and sending Palmeiro out to play right in the 8th? Good God. Just because it didn’t cost us any runs doesn’t mean it was a good idea.
And by the way, would one of you readers who is male please explain to me how a “leader” gets guys to hit? I keep hearing this on the post game show, but no one has explained it to me yet. If “leaders” are what a team needs to get guys to hit, why have a hitting coach?
Roy goes tomorrow against Livan Hernandez. It really would be nice to not get swept again.