Teheran/De Grom in a rematch tonight after Sunday’s JT one hitter. Julio makes his 16th start, de Grom has not won in his last nine. Reyes in the background, signed today, you’re welcome to him. Soon both teams could be evenly matched, one DV offender each. Robles most fortunately indisposed after his personal shut out last night, we do not get along with him either but for more generous reasons. But Addison Reed is just who we need. But where is Jenkins?
(Coppy on Twitter, frank but not bitter, used a term for JT quite new to me -‘ almost into right arm status for us now’. Have to assume he means THE right arm pitcher, what else? Strange way to word it, surely he’s not saying he’s the best RH Pitcher in baseball is he? We already knew he’s our best so what?)
Under way, 97 degrees. Both teams in Negro League unis.
First. Nick saves the day, fine catch at the wall, one on. Adonis less than Olympian attempting pop up catch earlier.Inciarte walks, steals, stranded.
Second. Alderson says, guess what, he met PERSONALLY with Reyes-you would hope so! The horrible Loney l/off single.Brother D’Arnaud repeats his off field slap. First and Third but the pitcher’s up.Pitching in the bottom of the second Rosenthal won’t stop talking about his loss of velocity and earlier release point. Video from ASG seems to prove his point.
Third. JT hits Granderson. Cespedes singles with one on,(Aybar again shows limited range to his left) C thrown out lollygagging into second by Garcia- hey ho! Man on third, 2 out. Walker flies out. JT singles, Jace hits into DP. Still scoreless.
Fourth. Fine catch by Bonifacio gets Loney. Rosenthal tells the great story of Julio being signed age 16 for 850K. The 10 member family living in house with one bathroom. 100 times the average annual wage in Cartagena. Gets them 1,2,3. We have 1st and 3rd, 1 out but our third DP nixes that. Nice interview with Mrs D’Arnaud, lovely lady, musical family.
Fifth. 1,2,3. Julio 7 in a row. We also 1,2,3. Turns out our 3 DP’s were in consecutive innings -miscreants Jace/Aybar/Garcia.
Sixth. JT at 70 pitches, 3 K’s..gets them in order incl 2nd strike out of Cespedes who R calls the best low ball hitter in the game. We load the bases with 2 out on a Markakis single but they hold Julio at third-he had got on with his second single. Questionable call to say the least with 2 out. Adonis hit a hard grounder strisght to the third baseman. Should be said that whereas we have 3 bats with multiple hits against DGrom Freddy has not caught up with him all night, so far!
Seventh Jt unaffected by exposure on bases gets them in order. Rosenthal comes across as giving very detailed analyses of hitter’s hot zones where you must not go. Interesting. Boy, this getting tight as DeGrom too gets us in order. Who knew we were playing the Marlins at Fort Bragg over the holiday weekend? Not me but had Fredi still been in situ he could have been at obvious risk near the range or up on the rookie’s first parachute drop.
Eighth WOW! Julio hits the 100 pitch mark and finds 2 out trouble after giving up his first hit since the 3rd plus a stolen base, Cabrera threatens with 2 out and Granderson on second. Full count strike out settles that. Great finale for Julio’s special night. DeGrom meanwhile is his match tonight. Still not at the 100 pitch mark he’s gotten stronger as he went along. Amazingly it turns out he’s never gone beyond the 8th inning. He will tonight.
Ninth. Here comes Vizzy. Revenge! We get a great double play. How sweet it was and that left Only the Loney who duly obliged us. No ninth for DeGrom-stupid i call that, Blevins to Freddy who could not handle DG all night. Freddy lead off single, erased on Nick ground out. Blevins gives way to the aforementioned Mr Reed. He closes out the innings with a magnificent catch by Granderson off Flowers. Free baseball, Chip will be pleased.
Tenth. JJ pitching. Lead off single by Flores. WOOHOO!! De Aza pops up a bunt and while he beats himself up JJ lets it drop and we get two, yeah! But we can’t hit Reed who’s on his longest outing of the year.
Eleventh. Oh, Kelly. He takes Alvarez out. Well. The first XBH of the game. The hand that feeds you etc… bounced on top of the wall and over. Bullpen scoreless streak of 23 plus innings snapped. Withrow walks Cespedes with 2 out, our first walk of the night. 3 out and we have the top of the order up against Familia.
How apropos. DP number 4 closes the game out after a Jace l/off single, Inciarte bunt and of course they walked Freddy. Nick couldn’t get it through. Fine game, terrific starting pitching. In this year of painful experimentation I’ll take that if I have to. And – Norris/Bartolo tomorrow? Fun.