Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Manuel's Labor Can't Clean Up These Mets: Angels 6, Mets 1
“We looked very tired. I know I was tired. Maybe they were going through what I was going through,” said Manuel, promoted from bench coach to interim manager when Willie Randolph was fired late the previous night. “Hopefully now that the cloud has lifted, we can get back to playing baseball.Santana was actually pretty good in the second and the first two batters in the third, retiring five straight in those two frames, but he started leaking baserunners and Casey Kotchman eventually got to him with two out in the third, and Jeff Mathis ripped a solo homer in the sixth.
Lackey, on the other hand, pitched well in the first and only gave up a single run, but generally wasn't in trouble until he ran out of gas in the eighth. Leaving the game with men on first and second, Scot Shields came into the game to retire Luis Castillo, and finish the ninth besides to collect his second save of the year thanks to the obscure rules for that stat. The Angels got a little lucky at running into the Mets when they're hitting some turbulence, but luck aside, they also capitalized on it. A great game for Lackey, who won a contest of top-drawer aces.
At least that rule is pretty specific. The third possible save situation in ye olde Rule Book, "pitching effectively for at least three innings" seems a bit more nebulous. I have seen such a save scenario only once personally. What does "effective" mean really? I assume it means simply not coughing up the lead, right?
(3) He [the pitcher] qualifies under one of the following conditions:
- (b) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batsmen he faces...
Since Scot Shields entered a 5-1 game and inherited two baserunners from Lackey, the batsman on deck was the potential tying run, enough to qualify Shields as the save situation pitcher.