Another game, another great catch by Kevin Pillar.
That was a strange game, for three innings we couldn't make any decent contact off of TJ House. In those 3 innings we had 9 soft ground ball outs, not one of them had a chance to be a hit. Then, in the 4th, it seemed the guys figured out House. Jose Bautista started the inning with a walk and then we followed with 4 very hard hits, 2 singles and 2 doubles and House was out of the game.
The nicest plate appearance of the inning mayhave been Jonathan Diaz' suicide squeeze bunt. The pitch was up and in, but Diaz managed to get his bat above it, knock it down and Pillar scored easy.
Daniel Norris, on the other hand, had a ton of trouble over the first three innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks, and seemingly going to 3 balls on every batter, but, he was able to get out of trouble each inning. In the second inning he loaded the bases with 1 out, but got a pop out and a fly out to get out of the inning. In the 3rd, he gave up consecutive singles, threw a wild pitch and still didn't allow a run. But, after the 3 innings and 78 pitches, and a long time sitting on a cold bench while we scored our 5 runs, Gibby decided not to test his luck for another inning.
The bullpen did their job tonight, over 6 innings:
- Jeff Francis went 2.1 allowing 3 hits, 1 earned, with 3 strikeouts. He's looked much better than I expected out of the pen. He was helped out by the Pillar catch that saved him at least 1 run.
- Roberto Osuna gave us 1.2 scoreless innings, with just 1 hit and 2 strikeouts.
- Aaron Loup gave up 2 hits, in his inning, but got out of things with the help of a nice double play.
- Brett Cecil pitched the 9th, got beat on a bunt single to start off the inning, but got Mike Aviles to hit into a double play to end the game.
Oh, and go Flames.