Here's the most bittersweet piece of news today: Bullpen catcher Mark Merila is going to have radiation treatments for a brain tumor. He's very upbeat about it:
What takes away the sting a little while the team waits for Mark to get better... CARLOS HERNANDEZ IS BACK WITH THE CLUB!
About the game... I'm convinced that Brian Lawrence is Dr. Jekyll and/or Mr. Hyde. Taking 110 pitches into the 5th usually means somebody's taking one for the team. The game's out of hand and the manager's leaving his starter in there is a sort of passive aggressive punishment for not finding the plate. For Brian Lawrence though, it apparently means a win.
Stuff to get you started for the day:
- Gwynn signs a three year deal at State. And SDSU's bid for respect among collegiate athletics fans continues.
- Did you see when Olivo missed the suicide squeeze sign and swung away with Loretta on third? Loretta broke for home, Olivo swung, and got himself a triple that he had to apologize for. I hope the coaches gave him hell for that one. "How dare you hit a triple there? Don't you know we like to scratch and claw desperately for runs? Scoring position isn't scoring position around these parts!"
- And Trevor is tied now for second on the all time saves list. Congratulations Trevor! You show those record books what it means to be a dominant closer.