Wednesday, April 25, 2007

We Was Robbed

The sporting world was robbed tonight by Bruce Bochey. And Jake Peavy was robbed of a win.

Peavy, San Diego's ridiculous young ace, was working on a two-hitter after seven innings. More importantly, my man had 16 K's with six outs to go. In case your math is fuzzy, that means he had a chance to either tie or break the major league record of 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game.

Instead, we were treated to the trill of watching Scott Linebrink come in to setup Trevor Hoffman. And while I can appreciate San Diego's normally solid bullpen as much as the next guy, this isn't the night for playing it safe. As Gob of Arrested Development would say, "Come on!"

To make matters worse, the first guy Linebrink faced - pinch hitter Miguel Montero - jacked a home run to ruin the combined shutout. Then, Hoffman served up a two-run blast to Stephen Drew to lose the game. Goodbye, record. Goodbye, shutout. Goodbye, win. Thanks for playing, Jake.

I realize that Peavy had already tossed 117 pitches and that it was probably wise to stick to the pitch count this early in April, particularly considering that it was the same day in which it was announced that Mark Prior would miss the remainder of the season. That said, I can't help but feel like we just missed seeing a bit of history made tonight. And I'm sure Peavy can't help but feel like he missed out on a sure W.

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