Five days ago, San Diego Padres pitcher Brian Lawrence took a shutout into the ninth inning. He blew the game. You couldn’t blame him entirely. There is no Trevor Hoffman in the Padres bullpen this year. It wasn’t a bad idea to let him try and finish the game.
Tonight, the Padres have a new closer in Rod Beck. Lawrence again carried a shutout into the ninth. A 1-0 lead. So why didn’t Bruce Bochy bring Beck in for the ninth? Well, since Lawrence had thrown only 94 pitches, why not give him a chance to close out the game? Even after Lawrence gave up a leadoff single, I would still give him a chance to close the game. But what I don’t understand is why Bochy didn’t make a pitching change after Lawrence gave up a second hit, especially with Detroit’s best hitter coming to the plate?
And the next thing you know — the Padres are down 3-1. That’s when Bochy lifts Lawrence, after it’s too late.
This, my friend, is the most frustrating season of my baseball life.
BTW: The Padres are playing the Detroit Tigers. They should call this series the Toilet Bowl. The Tigers and Padres. It ain’t no rematch of 1984. It’s a race to the bottom. Vince and I should have some sort of bet on this series.