Wandy pitched his second QS in a row. 6 innings, 93 pitches/60 strikes, 5 hits, NO homeruns, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts with one ER. I guess we need to name him “Mr. April.”
He threw the first pitch of the game for a strike and I thought aw rightttttttt! He threw the next pitch for a strike, too, and Hanley Ramirez hit it all the way to the wall in left center. Ramirez decided to run on Burke’s weak arm to stretch a triple into a inside the parker and Burke threw a bullet to Loretta, the cutoff man and Loretta threw to Brad Ausmus, who nailed Ramirez at home. Burke might not be the best CF in the world, but he sure never misses the cutoff man.
After that, Wandy cruised until the 5th inning, when he gave up a single and then a run scoring double. Wandy concentrated, struck out the next two guys, gave up a piddly single, then struck out the last guy. He’s really pitching a lot better than he did before, thank you Brad Ausmus for keeping him focused. I was seriously worried when I saw Loretta at SS again, but fortunately, not a single ball was hit his way.
Wandy was in line for the W, but unfortunately, Rick White blew the save. So much for Wandy getting all these wins he didn’t earn with good pitching.
The fans have been screaming for Wandy to be removed/sent down/released, but so far he has pitched as well as Roy and Sampson and far better than Jennings or Woody. I’m seeing the tough, gritty little bantam rooster who pitched 4 innings in the WS after Roger pulled his hammy in the cold.
I know that there are LOTS of fans who want Brad Ausmus removed and some hitting guy installed in his place, but he has value over his bat, or lack of it. Getting Quality Starts is actually worth something, not nothing, even if I can’t put an exact number value on it.