Bud pitched his best game of the year – 7 innings, 72 pitches. He had given up 4 hits, 1 walks, 1 run and 7 K – but was pulled for a PH, or he could have easily finished the game. He started out the game giving up a double, then an RBI single – and that was all the Phils needed.
He got 1,2,3 in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th – he loaded the bases in the 6th with 2 singles and a walk, but struck out Howard and got Ibanez to FO. Then had a 1,2,3 7th. He was super sharp – went to only four 3-ball counts out of 26 batters faced and threw more than 5 pitches 5 times. That’s impressive – too bad the hitters let him down. Guess Bud Just Doesn’t Know How To Win.
Bottom of the 7th, Paredes singled, Altuve sac-bunted, Quintero grounded him to 3rd, then pinch hitter Matt Downs K.
Wilton-ie Lopez and Wesley Wright finished up without giving up a base.
Fast game, too – just about 2 hours. Well, not much offense and only 1 mid-inning pitching change.
We have a day off, then it’s up to Wrigley to face Matt Garza. Wonder who the Cubs are gonna hire as the new GM – hope it really IS Chuck LaMar, as the rumors are saying…