What a waste of a perfectly good Yovani Gallardo start! I mean, he won’t win any awards for going 6.1 innings and giving up 3 runs, but he pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in forever, and until that knockout 2-run homer, he was on a pretty good roll!
The offense just brought nothing to the table. 3 hits and 2 walks, that’s it. 0 for 1 with RISP, and just 4 LOB. It obviously didn’t help that Seager got the day off, as he’s recovering from his stomach bug, but it’s just a bummer the team couldn’t complete the sweep when it was right there for the taking.
In other roster transaction news, Casey Lawrence was brought back up. He was sent down for Sam Gaviglio the other day, but with Jarrod Dyson going on the DL, we were allowed to swap those pitchers right back. Also, Taylor Motter made his return – starting for Seager yesterday – as it looks like we may have seen the last of Danny Espinosa. Try to keep that name in mind, as he’s sure to be an occasional answer on those Lookout Landing Sporcle quizzes. The Danny Espinosa Era consisted of 3 hits in 16 at bats across 8 games, 2 of them doubles, with 2 runs scored & 2 RBI.
In spite of the downer of an ending, the road trip overall is off to a fine start. We put just a little bit of distance between us and the Rays, one of our competitors for that second Wild Card spot, and we’re still hanging in there overall, 1.5 games behind Anaheim. Now we go to Atlanta, where quite frankly we should dominate. Whether we will or not is, of course, anybody’s guess. It’s going to be pretty fucking depressing if we go out and tank this series.
In Injured Pitching News, I heard that all our guys – Phelps, Paxton, Felix, and even Kuma – are on some sort of throwing programs and hence on the mend. Some guys are closer than others, and I’m sure that will make itself known to me at some point soon.