Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Phantom Shutout. Bucs WIN


Ronny Cedeno batted the Bucs to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd, and that's the way the score stayed until Jason Jaramillo scored Lastings Milledge with a single in the 8th.  Or, at least, that's what the box score would lead you to believe.  Jaramillo, basically the center of the universe as far as this game is concerned, gets a throw from the outfield to the plate and tags Ludwick to get the out.  Only one thing, however -- his glove never touched Ludwick.  Still, he makes it look good and gets the call.

So what happens if he doesn't get the call?  The score is tied at 1, and Freese is up to bat.  He didn't exactly have a great hitting day (0 for 3 with a walk).  So the Bucs probably still win, although not in a shutout.

I'm sure the Cardinals' fans will be bitching and moaning about the call, but as the first place team by a wide margin, you can afford to drop one.  Suck it up.  Sometimes the calls don't go your way. And sometimes they do.  Just the nature of the game.

Karstens goes 6 with only 3 hits allowed and 4 Ks.  More bullpen brilliance ends it.


Miscellaneous shit

One of those "good" problems to have is about to show up as Ross Ohlendorf is about to come back from the DL in a few days.  Who do you send down to Indy to make room for him?  Both Burres and Karstens have been very good.  Personally, I would put Karstens on bullpen duty, keep Burres as the 5th starter, and send someone like Delwyn Young or Jeff Clement down.

Jason Jaramillo basically was this whole game, going 3 for 4 with an RBI and was on base when the first run scored.  Not to mention that "tag".

Dotel was solid in closing duties, striking out the final two batters for the Redbirds.  Not normally known for Ks, so that was a welcome surprise.

Poo Holes was held to just 1 for 3 and a walk.  He also struck out with two runners on base in the 8th.

Bucs look to win the series in a few hours.  Won't be able to watch it because I have to work.

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