Just what the doctor (er, Lloyd) ordered . . .
A starter pitching into the 8th + just enough OH + solid DEE + #TFRE = M’s WIN!!!
ON the MOUND
Great to see a starter pitching into the 8th
Way to go, JA!
He gave up his hits (including two doubles and a homer) but, he limited the damage and GAVE THEM INNINGS!!!
SEVEN.ONE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts
} Yoervis made it a little scary in the 8th after JA got a bunt groundout (fielded himself), YM issued a walk, a fly out, a SB, a walk, a walk and (FINALLY!) a K (whew!)
} Enter the Archer and, thankfully, he had his quiver ready tonight. ‘t was the full FRE (Fernando Rodney Experience): strikeout, single, single, pop-up and groundout and in the end, the arrow flew for Nando’s FOURTH Save and JA’s FIRST victory!
AT the PLATE
Bottom third gettin’ it done tonight!
~ Ack, Brad and Zu were FIVE for NINE with TWO RBI and a run scored (Zu’s homer)
~ LoMo walked and scored ultimately the winning run (Brad’s 4th inning single)
~ Robbie extended his hitting streak to NINE games with a single in the 8th
~ Nellie started another streak (scoring AJ with an RBI single in the 1st, thanks to AJ’s steal of 2nd)
IN the FIELD
* Nellie with another great grab at the wall in the 8th to save an XBH
* Nice DP after JA gave up the homer and a single in the 7th
* JA slides to snare a bunt for the first (and his last) out of 8th
tweets of the game . . .