Well, that was the BEST I have seen Wandy pitch this year. He needed 55 pitches for 5 innings, gave up 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER and 4 K. He had GREAT control – unlike his usual outings. He had THREE 1,2,3 innings. He gave up a double, a RBI single and a BB in the 5th, but worked out of it – he usually does. One of these days (like in the off-season) I am gonna do some serious work at look at pitchers like him and Kirk Rueter who change how they pitch with guys on base.
Anyway, Wandy was pulled for a PH with men on first and third with no out in the bottom of the fifth – I was REAL surprised Phil pulled him when he pitching so well – but it worked out, as Mike Lamb HIT an RBI single, which started a 5 run inning- topped off by Morgan Ensberg’s 34th HR of the year.
Luke Scott went 2 fer 4 and looked good out there in left – that boy got a GOOD arm, strong and accurate. I hope he keeps doing well – we lost a pitcher over him. OK, not the best pitcher ever, but we could have sent Mike Burns back down and he would have been back in 2 days and that way, we wouldn’t have lost anyone… But I like Luke and I hope he’s the hitter we’ve been talking bout we needed. Him and Todd Self.
And speaking of relievers, Phil ran just about everyone out there – Springer, Gallo, Qualls, Wheeler and then BRAD. And Brad decided to, um, make it interesting. He was a little, um, wild with the slider and a few too many FB caught a little too much of the plate and one run scored on a GO before he finally got Encarnacion to K with 2 on and 2 out.
Andy this year: 12 – 9 in 26 GS – 13 HR, 36 BB, 137 K over 176.2 IP with a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a .240 BAA
vs. CIN: 1 – 1 in 4 GS – 0 HR, 8 BB, 25 K over 25 IP with a 2.52 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a .267 BAA
Brandon Claussen, LHP
this year: 9 – 8 in 22 GS – 20 HR, 41 BB, 88 K over 123.2 IP with a 4.29 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and a .268 BAA
vs. HOU: 0 – 2 in 2 GS – 0 HR, 6 BB, 8 K over 11.1 IP with a 0.79 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a .190 BAA
- faced us 7/3 and got Clemensed – 0 ER over 6 IP (4 UER) and actually Roger got NINE runs of support (WHOA…..)