Originally Posted by Kc61
I dont' know if Leake has ever worked a complete game. Twins had the middle of the order coming up. Pitch count isn't everything.
A competent job by the closer and there's no issue.
Aroldis fanned the first guy. Mauer had a great at bat. Chapman messed up grooving a fastball to Willingham and that was it.
As for the bunt, I agree, I wouldn't bunt there. i wouldn't have bunted the other night either when Valdez hit for Mes.
But the bottom line is the team had a lead in the ninth and the closer gave up a homer for the second straight game. Chapman just needs to be given a different role, he's messing things up.
I'm not absolving Chapman of blame, mind you. Leake has pitched a complete game before. He looked good out there and I like having in a guy who can get some groundballs against the meat of the Twins order.
I just felt like Dusty made some bad decisions today. And I am not usually one who blames the losses on his decisions. But today, I think he definitely shares in the blame.