Thursday, August 27, 2009
Starting pitcher: M.C. O'Connor
Bengie Molina's go-ahead pinch-hit three-run homer with two outs in 8th might have been the biggest, most dramatic moment of the season. Figures it would come from the guy the organization has asked to shoulder the unofficial captaincy of the squad--the Money Man, the very personification of Veteran Savvy Clutchness and Gamerissitude--and it is particularly revealing that he was hitting for a young, healthy Ryan Garko in that spot. Ol' Boch may have cemented his rep as a gutsy, intuitive play-caller with that move, sending up the hobbling fan favorite and sitting the young buck who was supposedly brought in to give our offense a little pop. It was destined to be another frustrating loss with four freakin' hits backing up another strong start. I don't know about you, but I'm certainly glad we stuck with Jonathan Sanchez. He is showing us a lot here in the stretch run, last night he had NINE strikeouts in his 7 IP, and was in control most of the night. I'm amazed that we won with the long ball. (Juan Uribe continues to help the club--what a bargain!) Two homers accounted for all the runs, this from a team that is 29th out of 30 in the ML in that department. We picked a good time to muscle up.