Guys and gals,
Today's loss was a pathetic one that we would lose last year when we were awful. I think we handed them this win. Here are some things that might have cost us the game.
First reason why we lost: Subbing Hatte for Edwin with the bases loaded. As much as I am a fan of Edwin, I still think this was the right move. All we needed was contact and not a double play from a supreme contact hitter, and we didn't get it, odds were in our favor though. Edwin had reached in 13 of his last 15 AB's though. But....taking EdE out means putting Richie at 3rd, and I think today shows that no matter how many errors EdE makes, he is a far surpior fielder than Rich. Brings me to reason 2....
Second: How many grounders and line drives went by Aurilia at 3rd after EdE was subbed out? Not saying EdE would have made all the plays, but we have seen him make great plays, especially on line drives, and today Rich had cement feet. He just can't move.
Third: Chris Denorfia completely misplayed the popup in the 10th inning. BP was calling for it, and Deno called him off and misplayed it for a double and eventually the winning run.
Fourth: Aurilia on third with BP up and 0 outs in the 6th. Infield playing BACK! BP hits a slow chopper to 2nd base and Aurilia watches it go by the pitcher, THEN takes off towards home! Gets nailed by 5 feet. What in the world was he doing? The infield was back and still got him at home on a SLOW chopper.
Fifth: Sacrificing Freel to 3rd with 0 outs? Deno, Dunn, Aurilia were due up next. Give our selves 3 chances to get him in, not 2.
Today was one of those days where our vets didn't do the "little things" that Narron likes so much. Aurilia couldn't make a play in the field, Hatte K'd on a huge at-bat, and Deno (not a vet) made a poor decision in the OF.
It was just bad. Another great start for Arroyo, who had a dream inning when he K'd Beltran, Delgado, and Wright for his 3 outs. Majewski had to get 4 outs in the 10th, so it was kind of unfair for him. Just dissapointing.