Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Milwaukee Brewers pulled a fast one on "closer" Eric Gagne Tuesday night, letting him work the 9th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In typical Gagne fashion, he lasted just two-thirds of an inning and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.
Brewers' manager Ned Yost could hardly contain his laughter when pulling Gagne from the game, informing him it wasn't actually a save situation! Although Gagne was spotted a seven run lead, he still gave 100% effort in trying to blow the game.
Technically, Gagne has been great this season at slamming the door shut on games he enters, though most closers do it by preventing runs, not allowing them as quickly possible. Interesting strategy, though.
In the American Leauge, the Yankees lost an ugly one to the Baltimore Orioles. Yanks starter Mike Mussina, possibly employing the Gagne strategy, allowed 7 runs (only one was earned, somehow) on 5 hits and 2 walks before being pulled after recording just two outs in the first. The Yankees would eventually lose this one 12-2.