Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Importance of Pitching

Game 105: Bulls 6, Yankees 2
Game 106: Bulls 2, Yankees 8
Season: 60-46
Wrap, Box

First, let me apologize for getting it wrong in my post yesterday. For some reason I thought the double header would be like the one we had here last Saturday. It wasn’t. Instead they just started at one o’clock, played 7 innings, took a break, and played another 7 innings.

We all know how important pitching is, but if ever we needed it pushed into our faces it was today. In two 7-inning games that were over in a total of 4 hours, Bulls pitching was dominant (the first game) and got hammered (the second game).

Let’s start with Jeremy Hellickson. He got in trouble in the 1st inning giving up a hit and a walk early. But with men on second and third he closed it out with a strikeout. He gave up another walk in the 3rd, a single in the 4th, and a single in the 6th. That was it. In the meantime, Ray Olmedo (!) had an RBI single early and hit his sixth home run in the 7th for what was certainly the surprise of the game. Reid Brignac had a timely double in the 3rd that got the scoring going. Two more runs in the 4th. And Olmedo’s homer in the 7th. Dale Thayer closed it out for his first appearance since coming back. No surprise that he had some trouble, just like the last time he came back. He gave up a rare home run, but got things under control. Hellickson’s had two very solid games for us. He actually is performing better than when David Price first showed up here in mid-August last year.

On the other hand ... The last time we saw Matt DeSalvo was when he came on in relief of James Houser on July 26th. He pitched a very solid 5+ innings and only gave up one run. Today he started and gave up 5 runs in 3 innings, 4 runs in the 1st, 1 in the 2nd. James Houser and John Meloan blanked them in the 4th and 5th, but Jorge Julio gave up 3 runs in the 6th. Ugly, ugly, ugly. Pretty clear that DeSalvo is not a reliable starter. Jorge Julio’s numbers are even worse.

Our guys never got on track at bat in the second game, although I should note that Craig Albernaz went 2 for 3. If only he could get a few more at-bats he might get up above .200.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad that I got to listen to the first game and not the second game. Hellickson has been impressive. Hopefully he can be a strong starter with us for a while.

    RaysIndex noted the pickup of a new catcher in AA on the 40-man roster and suggested it might be a sign of the potential trade of Jaso or another catcher. First time I have heard his name in any trade rumors/speculation.