Rough game coming off of that three-game win streak, and an especially rough game for John Danks, who just can’t seem to catch a break lately. The guy is 0-6 this year and the offense just can’t give him any run support. It wasn’t all the offense’s fault in this game, though, as Danks wasn’t exactly pitching well, allowing six runs in five innings.
Paul Konerko hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning, his ninth homer of the year, and Alexei Ramirez scored on an Adam Dunn double in the sixth inning. That was all we could do against Cy Piniero in game two of this three game set.
I can’t figure out what exactly is going wrong with this team because for the last three nights we were so good and then tonight it fell apart. Maybe the 0.71 ERA of Piniero was intimidating? Ed Farmer seemed to think Piniero was doing something to the baseball because of how frequently Joel would take his hat off and then throw a pitch that would suddenly drop out of the zone. Whether that’s true doesn’t matter as Piniero didn’t get caught and pitched pretty well.
My friend Ethan, who is a Cardinals fan, and I have an ongoing argument about Kenny Rogers’ performance in the 2006 World Series. Remember that game? He had pine tar on his hand which allowed for a little extra control and got caught by the home plate umpire. Rather than being ejected, which Ethan thought was the right call, The Gambler was told to wash it off. Rogers came back out and pitched eight innings of two-hit, shutout baseball against the Cardinals. One of the best postseason pitching performances I’ve ever seen. (In order: Roy Halladay in Game One of the 2010 NLDS, Cliff Lee in Game One of the 2009 World Series, Kenny Rogers in Game Two of the 2006 World Series, and Orlando Hernandez in Game Three of the 2005 ALDS.) Ethan says if Rogers had been ejected that never would’ve happened whereas my argument is that the pine tar clearly didn’t matter as Rogers owned the Cards anyway.
That really has nothing to do with my opinion on whether Piniero was doctoring the baseball, it just made me think of it and I felt like sharing it with you.
I make a point to share funny conversations between Ed and Darrin, whenever they have a funny conversation, so here’s one from tonight:
Ed: This infield isn’t as fast as ice but it’s pretty close.
DJ: As cold as ice, did you say?
DJ: Willing to sacrifice?
My dad and I actually laughed out loud in the car on the way home from magic club. You can’t beat a good (yet slightly obvious in this situation) Foreigner reference.
Jeff Gray managed to pitch himself out of three jams, one per inning of work, and collected three strikeouts in doing so as he struck out the side in the sixth inning with two runners on base. Two points for Jeff. (As Keleigh pointed out
, Jeff probably reads my blog and wanted to earn more points. I’ll comply.) These points let him leapfrog over Pena and Thornton for fifth place. Jesse Crain is creeping up on Sergio Santos for first place, though. Should be a good race.
Bullpen Points Leaderboard
1. Sergio Santos – 21 points
1. Jesse Crain – 19 points
3. Will Ohman – 14 points
4. Chris Sale – 13 points
5. Jeff Gray – 9 points
7. Tony Pena – 8 points
7. Matt Thornton – 8 points
Tomorrow will be a big day because Jake “The Project” Peavy (0-0, -.–) will make his 2011 season debut against Tyler Chatwood (2-1, 4.08). Good luck, Peaves!