Inning 1-5: 15IP 2R 9H 0HRThere's really not much more you can say about it. How's the saying go, something about beating a horse?
Inning 6+: 2.1IP 13R 12H 4HR
Here's what I had to say about Bobby's first outing against the Orioles in the first week of July:
He's reverted to the exact same pitcher he was around year ago at this time. And that's not a compliment.
That doesn't mean I want him removed from the CLOSER role. I just would like Ozzie to be more creative with his reliever usage. -- He received great accolades, deservedly so, for his quick and easy transition last season from Shingo-to-Hermanson-to-Jenks, even letting Marte and Cotts have their shots at the end of games. For much of this year Bobby has been the only viable option in the 9th, but with the emergence of Thornton and the arrival of MacDougal, it's time to ride the hot hand, play the match-ups. Bobby's not the hot hand right, and after allowing runs to Baltimore in 2 of his previous 3 outings against them, it didn't look like a good match-up either.
Thornton had been used lightly in the first two games, and breezed through the 8th inning on just 7 pitches. More than anything though, I just wanted to save the bullpen, which had been cooked thanks to near triple digit heat and short outings from our starters. Thornton in the 9th would have left both Jenks and MacDougal available for tonight's game. As it is, I suspect Thornton and Jenks will probably get the night off thanks to throwing in 3 straight games in the blistering heat, further shortening our pen. Cotts sure looks like he could use a night off too.
Let's hope for a CG from Contreras. We might need it.