We just lost because Vernon Wells hit two home runs.
We LOST. Vernon Wells! I can’t even formulate sentence-type things because WE JUST LOST TO VERNON WELLS!
With Vargas approaching 100 pitches after 6 full innings, I went to bed and the good guys had the lead 3-2. I figured, okay, time for that lockdown bullpen we’ve been talking so much about this year. 1 inning for Pauley, 1 inning for Wright, 1 inning for League; shouldn’t be too hard for each of those capable young gentlemen to get 3 outs without giving up any runs. CERTAINLY, they’ve done it before!
Except, no. Pitch counts be damned! Jason Vargas MUST GO SEVEN INNINGS. That surely was what went through Eric Wedge’s brain. Forget the fact that he was probably tiring – after all, we ARE just wrapping up a 20-games-in-20-days stretch of baseball. FORGET the fact that he was about to face the teeth of the Angels’ lineup a fourth time with his pitch count nearing triple digits. This isn’t a team that’s going to be a slave to pitch counts!
Look, I get that. We’re a team with a 6-man bullpen (except, we’re REALLY a team with a 4-man bullpen that occasionally throws bones to the likes of Ray and Gray); our starters HAVE to pick up the slack. But, you know what? As the team’s manager, you have to recognize an important game when you see one. Yesterday’s game was an important game.
Win: and it doesn’t matter quite so much what we do against Jered Weaver tonight. Lose: and now we’re fucked because Jered Weaver’s going to no-hit us and Doug Fister’s going to get knocked the fuck out!
Yesterday’s game just decided this series. We could’ve had a chance had we gone with the bullpen to start the 7th. Instead, we got Vernon Wells’d right in the ass.