now he's making more excuses for Wells and bending down on his knees for Adam Jones.
freak you. Wells is trash
Wells is garbage, always has been, and always will be. Too bad a game like this won't cost him his job.
As frustrating as it was sitting there in the stands watching this one get away, I can't help but see the positive things that developed that would be more obvious if this game was played in a vacuum as opposed to being seen in light of what has gone on all season. In a vacuum, this would have seemed like a fairly crisp game that got away from a bad reliever. In a way, that's a good thing since it highlights the fact that guys like Wells are the bad spots on this team. We actually have quite a good young arsenal of starting pitching that likely wouldn't see the light of day on any other franchise. The offense had an off night, but was also hamstrung by a less than stellar lineup that also had the lefties matched up well. Pepto Beimal was actually used correctly and delivered, Villone continued to be Mr. Bullpen, and Bergie was finally used well and ended up having one of the best DPs of the season.
Overall, this was a good game in isolation that was spoiled by some weak play by Wells and some poor offensive effort, but would normally yield a .500 record if it was the way we played every day.
I do have to say that the move to warm up Baez after taking a 2-run lead in extra innings only to turn around and bring in the closer so he could get extra warm up pitches may have been one of the more offensive and annoying managerial moves I have seen. I've seen Joe Torre pull similar garbage to have a pitcher start an inning only to make a series of throws to 1B without throwing a pitch and then pulling the guy for the reliever. It's annoying, but is a cheesy way to get extra warmups. But in extra innings when you take a two run lead, get your freaking closer warmed up to start the bottom of the inning. That BS tonight of making the crowd wait to watch Baez warm up and have Dunn announced and then having Sherrill come in while the O's gave Baez a send off was just flat out bullcrap.