Bud Norris wasn’t exactly superb through his first 3 innings – giving up a homer to the PITCHER batting .103, throwing anmoving FB RIGHT down the middle.
But he couldn’t find the strike zone in the 4th – got one popup, but gave up 3 straight walks and a 2 run single to Brandon EFF Belt, hitting .218. Then, with men on first and third, it’s Bumgardner, the pitcher – gets 2 balls, then pops up and Bud, forgetting that the catcher and third basemen are supposed to catch the foul pops, runs over to get it and twists his ankle and the ball drops.
He tried to talk Millsie-poo into staying, but no go. He might could have wheedled his way into staying, but with 3 straight walks??? Um, no.
David Carpenter came in and got the other 2 outs, getting a photo finish out on Brandon Belt at home.
I’m really REALLY suspiscious that he’s been working through some kind of injury for the past few weeks. Now, he’ll HAVE to sit for a bit, which is good – unless you consider the fact that the pitchers at AAA look lousy. Trust me on this.
Matt Downs = Jason Michaels