A couple of the more memorable moments in tonight's nail-biter involved Tim literally falling off the mound as he delivered crucial pitches. Both of his ridiculous stumbles were the result of muddy cleats and it is a bit surprising that he didn't hurt himself. It was also surprising that Tim was able to actually get the ball to Buster as he was twisting into a heap on he ground. They were ugly moments that seemed to capture Tim's almost complete lack of control. Five walks, a HBP, a WP, and the two lovely flops mentioned above, were all jammed into 4.2 painful innings. He managed to wriggle out of a couple terrible innings, like the 31 pitch, 3 walk, first. However, it finally caught up to him on his 99th pitch as he lost the lead in the fifth and got yanked. All in all, this was a real shame, mostly because it seems to derail Tim's previous trend of excellent control. I know that it caught me off guard; I very much expected another solid outing. I sure don't have the "new" Tim figured out. Is there such a thing as consistently inconsistent?
Let's just run this stumbling metaphor into the dirt (pun intended) and point out that all you can do after you fall is get up, brush yourself off and try again. MadBum will get us back on track tomorrow, he is so tough on the road.