Despite the meager offense, it was shaping up to be a really fun night with a battery consisting of a journeyman starter and a rookie receiver (making his major league debut), dealing a scoreless gem through EIGHT innings. Then, in seemingly the blink of an eye, it all evaporated . . . courtesy the bullpen.
ON THE MOUND
Jeremy extended his scoreless innings streak to THIRTEEN and, was in the line for the win when Nick broke the scoreless tie in the 8th with an RBI single. Jeremy only threw 89 pitches . . .
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO runs ~TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts
What the heck has happened to the ‘pen?!?
#ClosingTime is seeming perpetually open 😦
The M’s had dealt the Astros SEVENTEEN straight scoreless innings over the last TWO nights and then in the 9th, the bullpen combined for . . .
FIVE hits ~ SIX earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ TWO strikeouts
(Tom + Yoervis + Charlie) 5 charged to Tom
the most runs the M’s have given up in the 9th inning since 2006
AT THE PLATE
~ The Good: Nick 3/4 w/the lone M’s RBI, Mike w/his first big league hit in his second big league AB
~ The Bad: only FIVE total hits
~ The Ugly: ELEVEN strikeouts
IN THE FIELD
* Mike Zunino’s debut behind the plate was a success: blocking balls, framing pitches, moving with ease – he even threw out his first base runner . . . by a mile! (a failed hit and run)
* No DP’s but, Brendan made his usual “highlight per night”
tweets of the game . . .