I am getting sick and tired of watching Trey Hillman make stupid decision after stupid decision. George Brett can bitch and moan all he wants, but the fact of the matter is that the media complain about Trey's moves because the media know what the hell they're talking about..
Pulling Gil Meche after 87 pitches when he's got the best stuff he's had all season - mistake
Replacing him with Jamey Wright who's practically already thrown his arm off and it's not even June yet - mistake
Replacing him with Sidney Ponson who obviously sucks.. - mistake
Bunting DDJ over with John Buck in the 6th (I think) inning with 1 out - mistake
You think that it's not a big deal, but when we're 4 games out of the playoffs in September remember nights like tonight, when a competent manager who would bring in a guy like Robinson Tejada with the bases loaded instead of bringing him in to clean up Hooch's mess.. it just doesn't make any sense.. Use your best pitchers in the close games and let them pitch the most innings. Jamey Wright has had a nice start to the season, but the dude wasn't even on a major league contract before the end of ST. He's already thrown like 500 innings and his stuff isn't electric. I know that Joakim is hurt, but jeez, don't act like our bullpen is 05 status.. it's clearly better than that.
Look at it this way, of the 4 pitchers that pitched tonight, they would rank like this in terms of current ability:
So why don't you let Meche pitch into the 7th and if he has some trouble bring in Tejada to bail him out, we're up 2 runs at that point, shouldn't you use your 2nd best pitcher, remember, as you achieve outs, there are less opportunities for the other team to score and win, so while the outs are more "valuable" in the 9th than in the 1st (think of it like the clock ticks faster after the 2 minute warning than before in football) it's also more difficult to come back because you have less chances to screw up. Use your better pitchers while you have the lead, don't let your worse pitchers come in and screw it up. Jamey Wright got screwed on a HBP call but that doesn't make it ok to bring in an even worse pitcher in Sidney Ponson, who is 1-5 now, btw. It frustrates me to no end, and I really want Trey fired. Seriously.
Hitter of the Game
I guess Jose Guillen. Jose was 2-4 with a walk, 2 k's 2 RBI and a run scored. One of his hits was a double.
Pitcher of the Game
Gil threw 87 pitches, 55 were for strikes. His line ended up looking like this: 6 ip, 6 h, 2 er, 1 bb, 2 k.. the k's are lower than you'd like, but he wasn't bad at all.. a lot of ground ball outs and not many hard hit balls..
The Don pitches tomorrow. He'll face off against Carl Pavano in an epic battle (just kidding I hope) in an afternoon game. First pitch is at 1:10. If you CAN go, then you SHOULD go.
Minor League Notables
Derrick Robinson had another 2 hit night, going 2-5 with a run scored and 2 more stolen bases.
Mike Moustakas was 3-5 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.
Johnny Giavotella got on base 3 times as he was 1-3 with a triple, an RBI, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored.
Danny Duffy earned the win tonight as he went 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits 2 walks while striking out 5. He is now 5-1 with a 3.43 ERA.. I'll take it.
Nick Van Stratten was 4-4 tonight with a double, a triple, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI and a walk and a stolen base. Alright!
Tim Melville made his 2009 debut tonight, he pitched 6 innings, allowing just one run on 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 2. He earned the win.
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