I should just get a form to write these games up. Roy pitches a great game, gives up 9 hits – only 2 well hit balls, a homer by Ianetta and a triple by Matsui, 2 walks and 4 Ks – 1 ER, and leaves with the hitters scoring only a single run for him. Pence and Berkman left 2 on in both the 3rd and 5th, and Ausmus and Bruntlett left 2 on in the 4th.
I also suppose I should
get a nice form†talking about the Francoing going on in the bullpen.†Purpura kept his word and made†2 of 4†changes in the pen that needed to be made -†Rick White was released and the Steve Randolph Project was called off and he was DFA’d. Matt Albers and Mark McLemore were recalled, and hopefully, they won’t just be wasting space on the bench.
The bullpen wasn’t uh, at its best tonight. Trever Miller came in to start the 8th, got lefty Todd Helton out, then was left in to pitch to righty Garrett Atkins, who promptly doubled. Qualls was then sent in to face PH righty Spilborghs and promptly gave up a 2 run homer. He then gave up a single to short that Bruntlett doesn’t get (is anyone missing Adam Everett yet besides me?) , then a SB, then another run on a single to right. Borkowski comes in and gets the DP to end the inning.
He’s then done for the night and Dan Wheeler comes in, looks like the old Dan Wheeler, pitches 2 beautiful scoreless innings, striking out the side in the 10th. (Naturally, the hitters don’t reward him for his excellence by scoring any runs)
So guess who comes in to pitch the 11th? Albers? nope. McLemore? nope. Ex-Tiger Brian Moehler? yep.
So all yall know the ending without checkin the Box score, hunh… Well, you’re right that Moehler gave up the go ahead homer all right.
Here’s The Rest Of The Story:
Craig Biggio, on His night,†his first 5 hit night†since Opening Day 2001, went up to the plate facing the Rockies closer, Brian Fuentes with 2 out, and beat out an infield single. There is always a whole lot of talk about “playing the game the right way” – gawd knows exactly what that means, but the ONE thing Biggio always, and I mean ALWAYS does is run out every single grounder at full speed, even if he is going to be out by 30′ and this was the second time tonight it paid off.
Then, with Biggio on third and Hitless Hunter at the plate, Hunter got his first hit of the night, a double to† center, advancing Biggio to third. Fuentes is a lefty, so with Berkman batting righty, I just prayed that maybe he could just hit it up the middle to tie the game, as he has lost all power from the right. But Fuentes hit him and Carlos Lee, who hadn’t done diddly all night is at the plate.
And Carlos hits the first pitch into the Crawford Boxes.
I haven’t hear screaming like that since Jeff Kent hit the walk off 3 run homer off Jason Isringhausen to win Game 5 NLCS 2005.
Interesting that although Fuentes has saved 20 games this year, he has blown his last 3 saves and lost the games. Happens to every closer, not just Wheeler, who, hopefully, is back on track.
Maybe I should have waited for a few more games to post the tombstone entry…