Maybe the wear of this past week played a role or it just wasn't his day. It doesn't change how critical he was this season, but to lose control so completely in such an important game has to hurt. I feel for him. It's not over, though. Quantrill can rally us tomorrow.
This was the first time that I have seen him pitch. He is not very good, and I am surprised that Marquess used him first in the rotation seeing that the first game of a 3 game set is so important. Besides looking like a mental case out there, the kid doesn't have much stuff, but worse he has no balance or rhythm in his motion and then he tries to place the ball. His pitching mechanics are really poor - that combined with not much of an arm leads to the result that I saw today. I turned the game off because we looked so terrible. But MM is to blame - should not have started this kid and should have pulled him much, much earlier when it was evident that he couldn't find the plate. I couldn't believe that he also almost threw away the come backer.
chicard wrote: Is anyone watching this game on TV? Was Hochstatter really that wild or was the ump squeezing the zone (like they did in Indiana)?
Even I, the first and the loudest in any criticism of umpiring and refereeing, would not put the walks on the umpire. [I would be willing to complain about a couple of called third strikes against our guys later in the game, but that is nit picking, as the umpiring did not lose us this game.]