The Chicago White Sox led 1-0 practically from the first pitch it seemed. Unfortunately for them, Tim Stauffer would rebound with a vengeance and Otsuka and Linebrink would follow his dominance with scoreless innings of their own.
Stauffer's line on the night: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 92 Pitches (65 Strikes)
That is the very definition of dominance. In seven innings, he only allowed three baserunners while striking out a batter an inning. Two of the three hits and the only run occurred before Stauffer recorded an out. From that point on, Stauffer faced 22 batters and retired 21 of them. 71% of his pitches were for strikes and he needed only 13 pitches per inning. Sadly, Tim only received a no decision.
The reason for the no decision is that the Padres managed only two runs on 11 hits. The reason for that is Bruce Bochy and I'll tell you why. Bruce Bochy started a career .324 on-base percentage hitter leadoff. He batted Phil Nevin clean-up and two of his best hitters, Blum and Nady, saw action from the seven and eight spots in the order.
Bruce Bochy had already greatly disadvantaged his already shorthanded team before the first pitch was thrown.
Damian Jackson had more plate appearances than anyone else on the team, which should never happen, but fortunately he was able to overcome the odds to deliver in the clutch (DJ was 2 for 5).
Phil Nevin stranded several runners as he is wont to do and basically provided an easy out in between the Friars' two most productive hitters.
Blum was injured and his position in the lineup ended up helping the team as they were able, for the most part, to hide Sean Burroughs.
The Sox were able to avoid giving Nady anything to hit and contained him. When Bochy sensed the opportunity, he immediately lifted Xavier for a pinch-hitter.
Perhaps Bochy's most incredible decision was lifting Tim Stauffer for pinch-hitter, Miguel Ojeda. Tim Stauffer was approaching 100 pitches and is young, so it made sense to remove him. What doesn't make sense is the use of Miguel Ojeda as a pinch-hitter. Ojeda has put up worse numbers than Stauffer, let alone the other bench players. If Bochy insisted on a right-handed batter, Eaton and Woody Williams are both better options.
Thankfully, the good guys won anyway.Tomorrow's Matchup
Brian Lawrence: Translated Stats
2005: 4.79 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 1.25 K/BB, 1.22 HR/9
EPL: 3.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 2.08 K/BB, 0.99 HR/9
San Diego Padres: .270/.347/.423
Freddy Garcia: Translated Stats
2005: 3.87 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 1.90 K/BB, 0.99 HR/9
EPL: 3.69 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 2.52 K/BB, 0.92 HR/9
Chicago White Sox: .267/.341/.436
Yeah, that favors the Sox, but so did tonight's game. I guess we'll have to let them decide this one on the field.