So, you’ll win a lot of games when your staff gives up only one run. Unfortunately, you’ll lose EVERY game when you score zero. As Our Heroes proved last night.
Mike Foltynewicz pitched well enough to win. Six innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, one run ball. Too bad the hits were precisely sequenced to produce the game’s only run – a bottom of the 4th two out double to Brian Anderson, followed by a Derrick Dietrich single. Otherwise Folty was dominant, if not terribly efficient. He struck out 8 Marlins, but needed 108 pitches to get through six. Normally with this offense that’s more than good enough. But sometimes Dan Straily happens.
Straily matched the Atlanta hurler, going six innings himself, with just three hits and a walk, needing 98 pitches. So, a real pitcher’s duel. Seems like Straily either dominates Atlanta or gets knocked out early and tonight was the former. The pens for both teams held the other side scoreless and that was that. 1-0 Fish.
The good news on this Cap Tipping Night was that Toronto beat the Phillies and the gNats were shut out by IWOTM, so the division lead over places two and three remained the same. Anibal Sanchez tonight against Wei-Yin Chen, so let’s get back on the horse and win.