Our second last pre-season game.
Nate Pearson wasn’t impressive tonight. He gave up 4 runs in a 2-out first inning. They ended the inning with 2 outs to keep his pitch count down. He had trouble finding the strike zone and when he did he was hit hard. He started off with a strikeout (but strike three wasn’t a great pitch), gave up a walk, two singles and a home run. The ball was really flying tonight, I think it was a juiced ball home run but still he wasn’t sharp. Nate got another strikeout and that was enough for the inning. I think he was around 27 pitches on the inning.
He was better after that, but not particularly sharp. He threw 2.2 more, giving up 2 more hits, 1 more walk with 3 more strikeouts.
I’m thinking he’s going to need 7 days in the minors to work on things.
Jordan Romano got the last out of the fourth, a strikeout.
Ryan Borucki pitched the next 3.2 innings. He looked good. Gave up a couple of walks, a double off the wall and a home run for 2 earned runs. Both of those flew much further than I expected, so I’m not really counting that against him. He gave up an unearned run in the seventh, ground ball to Joe Panik at third, who threw high to second. Santiago Espinal jumped to make the catch and came down off the bag. I thought he had time to touch it, but he threw to first (also high), so a possible double play turned out to be no outs.
Sean Reid-Foley got the last out of the seventh inning, with the bases loaded.
Anthony Bass pitched a nice quick eighth.
Rafael Dolis got the save. He gave up a 1-out single but got a double play ball to end the inning.
On offense we had three. Rowdy Tellez hit one a long way to center field for a home run (you have to hit it a long way to center to get a home run to center, I really didn’t think he hit it that well) and Derek Fisher just cleared the wall in the seventh, then crushed one in the ninth.
Tellez also had a double off the monster in the ninth. Again it seemed to fly better than it should have. Teoscar Hernandez singled him to third. Tellez scored on a wild pickoff throw to first, which tied the game and then Fisher hit a two-run shot to put us up 9-7
- Bo Bichette was 1 for 4 with a double.
- Cavan Biggio 0 for 2 with a sac fly.
- Vladimir Guerrero 1 for 3, ground ball single, RBI.
- Travis Shaw 0 for 2, with a walk.
- Randal Grichuk 0 for 4.
- Teoscar 3 for 4.
- Danny Jansen 1 for 3.
There was a couple of poor moments on defense, the error on Panik mentioned above and Hernandez circled a fly ball turning a very catchable ball into a hit.
It was great to have baseball on TV again, even if we had to listen to Dennis Eckersley. I thought the best moment was when Jerry Remy announced the paid attendance: Zero.
Derek Fisher gets the JoD.
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