What Just Happened?
Let’s review what we just saw.
1. Carlos Silva, a guy with great command who never walks or strikes anyone out and whose main weakness is left-handed batters, facing a line-up predominantly made up of left-handed batters, playing in a park that favors left-handed hitters, gives up just three hits in seven innings while struggling to throw strikes but getting out of any trouble with clutch strikeouts.
2. The guy with the least power in the line-up, Turbo, destroying a fastball and hitting it a country mile for the team’s first home run of the year.
3. Brad Wilkerson, one of the slowest guys on a team of slow guys, stealing second base off the guy who led the American League in CS% last year.
4. Miguel Batista, the team’s 5th starter and another guy who struggles against left-handed hitters, retires three consecutive lefties in a row to record a save and end the game.
What a weird, weird ballgame. Huzzah for the win, though.