It was a 4-3 extra innings loss on Friday (our first such defeat of the season), where we were 1/8 with RISP; followed by a messy 11-5 loss on Saturday, where Felix continued his slide into obscurity; followed by a triumphant 8-5 victory on Sunday where we scored 7 runs in the first inning and made it hold on through Edwin Diaz’s 39th save.
I don’t have a lot to say that hasn’t already been said. The good news in all of this is that the Astros are on a 4-game losing streak, and the A’s were swept over the weekend, so we didn’t lose any ground.
The Mariners also made a deal, bringing in right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala from the St. Louis organization in exchange for minor leaguer Seth Elledge. This Tuivailala guy is out of options, but he has team control through 2022. He’s apparently very good against right-handed bats, but struggles against lefties, so I dunno. Seems okay I guess, but we’ll see.
Is he the difference-maker for our stretch run? I doubt it. BABIP luck is probably going to be this pitching staff’s MVP the rest of the way, so let’s hope Jerry Dipoto has what it takes to trade for that.
We’re 4 months into this thing – with 2 more months to go – so forgive me if I’m a little burned out on baseball. Football can’t get back here soon enough.