Carlos Lee came to bat with 2 men on base TWICE and didn’t do a darn thing. Pence went 2 fer 4 with 2 singles and a reached on E6 that let a run score. CJ went ofer again. Jason Michaels, playing left went ofer. And really, you have little chance to win when the middle of the lineup doesn’t do diddly. And I’m forgetting the 3 double plays, too.
I don’t wanna hear one more *(%&#!%^&$#!ing word about how great Clank is doing now that he’s playing first so much. OPS for Sept is 707 – 20 hits, 2 doubles, 4 homers and only NINE runs batted in – and that is over 21 games. And his ONLY virtue is driving in runs and he ain’t doing that whether or not he plays first of left.
Figgy did fine, except for a solo homer – actually, he did great for the first 5 innings. But he got left in too long, as usual, and got hammered in the 6th. I’m not sure why Arnesberg/Mills are so insistant on leaving pitchers in after they have obviously lost their stuff but what can I say? I mean, from the beginning of the inning, it sure looked to me like Figgy needed to come out. Every pitch to the first hitter was high (don’t ask me howon earth he got a called strike on any of those pitches) and he threw exactly 1 strike of 6 pitches to the next hitter. HELLO!!!! 2 pitches waaaay out of the zone to the next hitter, then a nice fat one that got sent to the warning track in deep center.
Figgy is just not more than a 5 inning guy. I mean, there really ARE times to pull a pitcher and the reason the bullpen is all tahrd out is because of the insistance of using multiple pitchers in one inning to get out crappy hitters.
You don’t wanna hear how the relievers did neither.
And we’re off to Pittsburgh, who just swept the DBax and took 2 of 3 from the Cards. We’ll face righty James McDonald, who the Dodgers threw away this July for no good reason I can think of except that he had trouble over the 7.2 innings he pitched for them this year. He’s done decently since starting full time for the Bucs – 4.97 ERA over 29 IP in August and 1.80 ERA over 25 IP in Sept.
HOPEFULLY, we won’t hafta see Clank tomorrow – just Bogusevic in left and Wallace at first seeing as how we’re facing a righty and we just MUST have as close to an all lefty lineup as possible, right Millsy???