6/13/07 vs. Colorado
Not sure how to start or finish this one. Pitch by pitch would most likely be as painful to read as it was to experience.
At the end of the second inning I’d faced 13 batters, thrown close to 50 pitches, and I didn’t feel physically bad at all. We certainly didn’t play our sharpest game early but it was an odd start.
Through 2 innings I felt like I made 2 real mistakes. The 2-1 fastball to Atkins was middle of the plate and the split to Matsui was up. Other than that I thought we pretty much made the pitches we wanted to in the spots we wanted to make them.
Never the less it’s 3-0 after the top of the second. I’ve given up 6 hits, and I am not sure if I should be pissed or what. I thought we settled down nicely in the next inning. Made some pitches and had a good clean inning after we had put a run on the board to make it 3-1.
We did pretty much the same in the fourth and in my mind we turned the momentum and the game around at this point. I’d had two clean innings and felt like I had, stuffwise, what I needed to win this game. I was completely confident that we would score more runs as long as I could keep it 3-2.
The fifth starts off with Matsui hitting a single on a two strike pitch. Holliday hits a pitch I thought we executed well, a two seam fastball in, but he muscles the ball to left. I know that based on pitch count and score I may be in my last inning. I need to make something happen to get us in the dugout and keep the score where it is. So we start things off with Helton grinding his way through another 7 pitch AB and we end up getting him to fly out to shallow center on a two seam fastball in. We get Atkins to swing and miss at a split for strike three.
I just KNEW that first pitch change up was the pitch to make in the next spot. I was sure he was going to be swinging, and felt that we could get him out on his front foot. With the weather being as cold as it was, and the wind blowing in from right most of the day, I wanted any balls in the air to be in right field. I throw the change and leave it letter high, inner half and the game is pretty much over when Hawpe makes contact. To say I was stunned would be an understatement. I’ve given up more than my share of home runs, but not that many come as total shocks to me, this one was. Not because of the hitter or anything but a home run wasn’t even in the deepest recesses of my sub conscious right there. I was sure I was making the right pitch to the right hitter in the right spot.
Obviously I was wrong.
6 runs, ALL with two outs. Two out runs are absolute killers to a defense and huge momentum swings for the team getting them. Bottom line was there were over 20 different opportunities to make pitches, get outs, and NOT give up the runs. I didn’t get it done and as a result of that we lost the game.