It’s so hard now to accurately read into our wins and losses. As soon as we start winning and it looks like we’ve turned a corner, we start losing again. As soon as we start losing and it looks like we’ve never recovered from our rough start in the first place, we start winning again. We were two games over five hundred with the best record we’ve had all year, and now we lost again. I really hope that, this time, losing is a one-time thing.
Beckett was not at his best, but he was way better than he was the last time he pitched to the Tigers. He pitched seven innings, walked one, and threw 102 pitches; that was the good stuff. The bad stuff, or at least the mediocre stuff, is that he gave up four runs on ten his while striking out only one. He threw a great fastball and changeup; he threw a not-so-great curveball and cutter. His first two innings were actually okay, but he gave up all but one of his runs in the third: a single, a double, an RBI single, a sac fly, a flyout, and another RBI single before a groundout ended it. He gave up his fourth and final run in the fifth: a single, as sac fly, and then an RBI single, thanks in part to a throwing error by Salty.
Beckett was actually okay during his other innings. Two of his other innings were one-two-three, and the rest of his non-run innings were alright. Objectively speaking, his outing wasn’t all that bad, which is why I didn’t say it was bad; it was just mediocre. There have been plenty of times when we’ve won with the opposition scoring four runs. The fact that this wasn’t one of those times had to do with our hitters not being able to get anything going.
Salty homered to lead off the second, so we actually struck first. It was a fastball down and in. I’m telling you, he’s a hot, hot hitter, which is made even more impressive by the fact that he’s a catcher. As good as we know Salty is and can be, I’m not sure anyone predicted that he would be quite this good. Sweeney followed Salty’s homer with a single and later scored on a double by Podsednik. We scored our third and final run in the third, a meager answer to the three runs the Tigers had scored that inning, and it was again Salty who batted it in; Youk doubled with two out and scored on his single.
So we lost, 7-3, but even if Beckett’s runs were the only runs the Tigers scored, we still would have lost by one. Even if a loss is a loss, it certainly didn’t help things that Morales gave up a solo home run in the eighth and that Hill gave up two additional runs in the ninth via a single, triple (Sweeney deflected the ball), and single in the ninth.
That’s pretty much it. I’m not sure that there’s a broader point to be made from this game because it’s so hard to tell what kind of impact it’s going to have. That’s what makes it so frustrating. Either way, I hope it’s not the start of something new; the view is nice over .500.