My Tongue is Sore From All This Biting
I don’t want become one of those fans who whine after losing 2 in a row, but I have to get this off my chest. Besides the Frasor flameout (I can deal- we know he’s no B.J. or really a 2-ish ERA guy) or the series of bizzareitudes already mentioned on battersbox, with one out in the 10th we let Michael Young stroll basically uncontested to third base with one out. That is a HUGE stolen base. It leads to us pitching around/intentionally walking Sammy Sosa to load the bases because while his average this year is a dismal .244, he was made for sacrifice flies. Which leads to Tallet having to groove a fastball on a 3-2 count to a dead-red fastball hitter in Hank Blalock for said sacrifice fly and the loss. Tallet barely looked at Young before the pitch he took off on, and the infielders weren’t even close! The runner is only going there if he’s 95% certain that he can make it, but I’d bet the farm on that one. There wasn’t even the thought of a throw or the futile hand raising before thinking better of it.
Oh yeah, and in the 9th they put the shift on for Teixeira, let Young take 2nd on defensive indifference, and then took the shift off. Ok, we were just playing hard to get- we really DO care. 😉