Friday, August 14, 2009

Shoulda Stayed Home

Game 120: Bulls 5, Yankees 9
Season: 66-54
Games Left in Season: 24; Home Games: 14
Wrap, Box

There are nights when I’m thinking the pitcher wishes he’d had stayed home. Tonight was that kind of night for Andy Sonnanstine. Take the 3rd inning: Liner to 2nd (one of two balls that rehabbing Iwamura handled), single, single, double (2 RBIs), single (RBI), K, double (RBI), single (RBI), flyout to left. Seven runs by the 5th inning (6 earned), and you’re finally out of there at the end of the 5th. Not a good night. Everything he put up there, they hit.

Winston Abreu gave up a two-run homer in the 9th. That kind of game.

Not that the Bulls didn’t try. Two runs in the 1st, another in the 4th, two more in the 5th. But not enough, not enough. Weber, Richard, Brignac, and Jaso had decent nights. Weber got his 42nd double.

Montoyo took an interesting approach to dealing with the need to give Iwamura five innings. He sat Ruggiano, Joyce, and Johnson to start the game, then slipped Joyce into the game in the 6th with a complicated shuffle of players (Mateo from left to second, Joyce to right, Weber from left to right). I suppose we can expect more of the same for the next several games. Hard to guess what will happen when Joe Dillon shows up.

Tomorrow’s another day.

  • Rays reliever Jeff Bennett has been optioned to the Bulls to make room for reliever Chad Bradford who’s coming off the disabled list. DRaysBay was not impressed with his performance as a Ray. Maybe he’ll do better for us. Hard to guess who’ll be slipped off to Montgomery or Hudson Valley to make room, maybe Julio DePaula even if it should be Joe Nelson if pure numbers mattered.


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