The usual suspects struck again Friday night. It was Justin Upton with RISP (specifically, a man at third and less than two outs), and he failed to cash in. It was Luis Valbuena, laboring through four tortuous AB. When the dust settled, he had struck out thrice and hit a lazy grounder to second. And it was Cam Bedrosian, tantalizingly good over his last 18 innings (1 ER), who decided it was time to issue his fifth blown save of the year in the seventh inning.
The game was actually going well until then. Sure, Max Muncy hit his 22nd homer of the year off Felix Pena, but Kole Calhoun answered with two of his own, one to right, one to left-center. He tried to carry this team like Mike Trout has been forced to do for the past 3+ months, and he got a little experience of that tonight.
The bullpen needed to pick up some extra slack with Pena only able to go 4 innings, and Jose Alvarez and Hansel Robles teetered a little, before Bedrosian completely fell off the rope.
Single-double-single, and just like that, Bedrosian had slashed all hopes and dreams on Friday the 13th.
In the ninth, Shohei Ohtani doubled and Jose Briceno singled with one out, but David Fletcher couldn’t elevate a pitch and grounded into a double play to end the game.
Hey, at least JDL met Billy Eppler tonight! So when is Valbuena DFA’d?
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