especially the plays unmade.
Bad execution and squandered
Walking the hitter
leading off the inning – a hitter whose offensive numbers barely register.
questionable bullpen-engineering decision.
I had a bunch I planned to write about today, but that loss took
too much out of me. Not because it was a
loss, which in some reasonable amount we as baseball fans have to accept, but
because of how it was lost and should have been won, against a team it would
have been very useful to put away for one night.
Derek Holland, hope you brought a heavy dose of that efficiency
with you from Oklahoma City. A solid
seven out of you would be fantastic. Especially
given what happened last night, when the bullpen threw as many pitches (104) as
starter Colby Lewis, with every reliever being called upon other than Doug Mathis,
who got loose himself.
In the one start Holland has made against the A’s (August 4),
he gave the team only 4.1 innings in a 6-0 loss (incidentally, at the hands of lefthander
Gio Gonzalez, tonight’s Oakland starter).
Can’t have that tonight.
There are lots of other things that distinguished Oakland 7,
Texas 6 that we can’t have tonight, either.
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