What can you say about Miller?
On my scorecard:
Not only did he not walk anyone, he only went to three balls on
three batters... out of 28 faced!
On the offensive side...
Three homers in three games to start the season. Only
McGwire and Mays have done 4.
Sheets must have really felt stoopid in the 2nd. Two outs and
Miller on deck. Truby hits a 2-1 pitch onto the railroad tracks.
Sheets had two strike outs to start the inning, then a walk to
Ausmus, the #7 batter... and a bomb by #8.
The 8 hitter has a lot of responsibility. He has to be a pretty
good OBP guy; maybe the #2 OBP guy behind the leadoff hitter. If
he makes the third out, not only does he end an inning, but he
ensures the next inning starts with the pitcher. Truby's been
Sheets learned his lesson. In the 3rd Truby again came up with
2 outs and with runners on 2nd and 3rd... This time Sheets gave
him the intentional pass, and Miller grounded out to Belliard.
Daryle went 2 for 4, with both being doubles; 2 RBI and a
run scored. This guy is gonna make it hard to pry him out of the
How great was the call to put Barker in to run in the 7th. No
way Ward scores on Ausmus' single... but there wasn't even a throw
on Barker. Sure it didn't matter much in THIS game. But it shows
what we can do with our bench.
2 for 3 with another dinger to salt the game away in the
Ain't That the Sheets!
Gold-Medal boy actually pitched pretty well:
- 6 IP
- 90 pitches, 51 strikes and 39 balls
- Same 6 hits as Miller.
So what happened? Well, look at the 3rd inning. After Biggio
grounded out to 3rd:
- Vizcaino was HBP.
- Then Bagwell walked.
- Berkman singled, scoring Viz, Bagwell to 2nd
- Wild pitch moves Bagwell to 3rd, Lance to 2nd.
- Walk to Doggie...
NOTHING here was hit hard. But Sheets had to be gripping... one
run in and the bases juiced.
Ward comes up. And he takes the FIRST PITCH to the wall for a
Three runs from 2 base hits.
This was the only inning where Sheets threw more balls than
strikes, at 14 and 8. One inning of lost concentration. Maybe because
of Truby's shot in the 2nd?
Miller, on the other hand, had a messy 2nd inning, giving up a run
on three singles. But he responded by setting down 14 of the next
I'm getting psyched. My son and I will be at the Pirates game on
Sunday. If you're there, well be in Section 334, row 2. First time
we've sat out there.
After the game, I'll post a REAL At The Game report.
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