So, Arnold Leon was definitely the wrong choice to bring out of the bullpen with 2 on in the bottom of the 8th.
Gavin Floyd pitched a very nice 7th inning. Then gave up a single to Evan Longoria to start the 8th. Steve Pearce struck out. Then Desmond Jennings sliced a single to right on a hit and run. The pitch was well outside, off the plate. if he wasn't a hit and run, I'm sure he wouldn't have swung.
Gibby went to the pen and brought in.....Arnold Leon. Tying run on third and he brings in Arnold Leon. Cecil and Storen were apparently, unavailable. I wouldn't have pull Floyd, he was pitching great. If I did pull Floyd it would have been for Roberto Osuna. Leon wouldn't have been on my radar.
Leon went 3-0 to Steven Souza and then threw a crappy slider for a strike. The next crappy slider Souza hit a mile.
A fly out later, Leon leaves the game, Franklin Morales comes in to end the inning.
Honestly, Leon should only be pitching mop up until he shows he can do more.
That's not it for the bad news. Josh Donaldson left the game in the top of the 7th, after not being able to run out a ground ball. No idea what his injury is, hoping it won't be serious, but it isn't good news.
Update: Gibby say it is a strained calf and he won't be out long, if at all. I know, we've heard it before.
The good news:
- J.A. Happ was good. 6 innings, 7 hits, some of them hit hard, 1 home run, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Really, kind of the most you should expect from Happ. He gave up a lot of fly balls, 6 fly outs to 2 ground outs. The homer he gave up was Souza's first of the game. It was just barely out, hitting the top of the wall. Kevin Pillar almost caught it. Maybe should have caught it.
- And, of course, Donaldson hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd.
We had 1090 comments (and counting) in the GameThread. Eric H led us to the loss.
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