Would have been nice for the M’s to take this one, as it would have earned them second place in the west but, after SIX games, season series stands at 3-3
Due to another social function, I missed the game. From what I heard/read it was equal parts of progress and frustration . . . a lot of great AB’s but, many opportunities lost. And, despite Brandon’s struggles, Kelly lauded his progress and his competitiveness – his ceiling is high, but it’s going to take time.
ON THE MOUND
Brandon only gave up SIX hits in FIVE innings, trouble was, FOUR were for extra bases (TWO doubles, TWO homer) and he also allowed THREE walks. Efficiency is another issue, as it took him 95 pitches to get through FIVE.
The bullpen, on the other hand, was efficient and effective (Charlie, Yoervis, Lucas and Carter) . . .
FOUR innings ~ TWO hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts
Charlie gave up a lead-off homer in the 6th but, then the combined pen retired the side in order every inning for the rest of the game ~ well, sort of. Carter allowed a lead-off single to Donaldson in the 9th but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, so Charlie ended up facing the minimum.
AT THE PLATE
SEVEN hits ~ but, only ONE for extra bases (Kelly w/ a TWO-run homer, Dustin w/and RBI single)
SIX walks ~ patience is good but, need to take advantage of it, none came around to score
IN THE FIELD
* Endy with a nice play in the outfield to gun down Donaldson trying to stretch a single into a double (I did actually hear the 9th on the radio)
* one DP (Kyle-Dustin-Justin)
* Dustin with a nice diving play to take away a single
* Michael S picked off first 😦
tweet of the game . . .