Luis Robert (CF, cleanup): 0-for-4 (.338)
Zach Thompson (relieved in seventh and eighth): 1 2⁄3 IP, H BB, 20 pitches/12 strikes, hold (2.92)
Not a lot to report in this game, as Robert’s “slump” continued through four at-bats. He lined out to counterpart Daz Cameron in center field to end the first inning, grounded out to third to lead off the fourth, flied out again to Cameron to end the fifth, and popped out to short in the seventh.
Thompson entered in the seventh inning and finished the frame, then came out and took on the eighth as well. He relieved Rob Kaminsky with one out in the seventh and a runner on second base, and coaxed consecutive ground balls to third base to get out of that mild jam. In the eighth, stop me if you’ve heard this before, Thompson started off with consecutive ground outs to third base — no, I’m not making this up — before creating some traffic, with a walk and a single. But the righthander ended his outing with a ground ball to short.
Hey, how’s about some footage of Thompson getting a hitter to ground out to third base?
Zach Thompson tossed a scoreless top of the 8th. He got Nico Hoerner to groundout to start the inning pic.twitter.com/rhwuRAM7Fg— Sean Williams (@TLS_Sean) November 12, 2018
Thompson definitely checked a box tonight: Getting hitters to ground out to third base. Onward and upward.
Oh, and once again, this post is sponsored by some tasty batting footage of Luis Robert: