Other than the eighth inning, this game wasn’t all bad. In fact, it was pretty good. Francisco Liriano was dominant, Jim Thome hit his 573rd and 574th career home runs, and Joe Mauer cracked three base hits to bring his average back above .300. All was right with the world. Then, the bullpen brought their gas cans to the mound. I don’t really know what to say about the relief corps, so thank goodness for Google image search:
Oh, and the Tigers beat the Mariners, so the Twins no longer have sole possession of first place, either:
Best pitcher: Liriano, .273 WPA. It probably wasn’t his best performance of the season (he really doesn’t field his position well), but Liriano allowed just one run on four hits through seven innings, while striking out ten and walking just one. I believe all but one were swinging strikeouts as well. It’s too bad he couldn’t pitch just one more inning.
Worst pitcher: The entire bullpen. Three different relievers surrendered seven runs in one inning. Ron Mahay, that’s right, Ron Mahay, was the only reliever to pitch a scoreless inning. Had these arsonists not wasted a brilliant start by F-Bomb, I might actually think that is kind of funny. Instead, I just want to stab someone.
Best hitter: Jim Thome, .211 WPA. I saw Jim Thome make history! If it weren’t for the stupid bullpen and their stupid inability to not give up any stupid runs, this would definitely be one of the greatest games I have ever attended.
Worst hitter: None. This one wasn’t on the offense.
Most important play of the game:
I’m not even looking at WPA. It has to be Matt Joyce’s grand slam off of Matt Guerrier. Good thing it wasn’t dollar dog night.
I feel like I should save this video for when the bullpen blows one of Carl Pavano’s outings, but I don’t want them to make a habit out of blowing leads: