THE NEWBERG REPORT — JUNE 25, 2007: Resilience.
A couple points about last night’s 12-9 loss to Houston.
The offense came back from a four-run deficit in the eighth and a two-run deficit in the ninth, only to be silenced in the 10th after the Astros scored three times in the top of the inning. Resilient.
Eric Gagné, not so much. It’s been a dominant season for the Rangers closer, but last night was just the third time all year that he’s been asked to pitch on back-to-back days (the first one, in late April, was cut short by a hip strain that led to an 18-day stint on the disabled list). And it produced the first truly bad outing of the season for Gagné, as he entered with the game tied in the 9th and gave up a double, a walk, a deep flyout, and a two-run double (only the second and third runs he’s allowed all season) before inducing a lineout to shortstop and a grounder to second to end the inning. Ten of Gagné’s 20 pitches missed the strike zone. It was only the second time in 22 appearances that he didn’t throw more strikes than balls.
This is the time of the year when things like how Eric Gagné fares when pitching on consecutive days matter.