One hundred games left in the season. That’s actually really sad to think about because now the season’s going to go by even faster and we’ll be depressed. I guess I should stop counting.
Today Good Arrieta pitched, so I get to post this for the first time in a while. Arrieta wasn’t even supposed to pitch tonight, but Brian Matusz bunted a ball into his own face and was pushed back until Friday (he’s okay, but that’s a classic Players Steph Likes Injury). It turned out for the best for once – Arrieta went seven innings and only gave up one run, rising to the occasion after spending a total of two days in the bullpen. Patton and Strop each pitched a scoreless inning (with Strop making a great play at third base in the ninth).
Offensively, the team totally came together again, putting up seven runs overall (the only innings they didn’t score in were the third, the fifth and the eighth). Wilson Betemit in particular had a heck of a game, with three hits, two runs scored and three RBI (including a massive homer out to right field). J.J. Hardy matched him in number of hits, but he didn’t pad his stats as much as Betemit did tonight.
Basically, tonight was good. Now we can’t have less than a series split, too. I’m enjoying this very much. (Oh, and the Rays lost – thanks, Mets! – so we’ve got second place all to ourselves! Everyone root for Atlanta so we can be tied for first!)