Tuesday, August 7, 2007

An in-depth look at Humber's latest loss

Yesterday, Justin Leone continued to be a Zephyrs nemesis. This time his victim was Philip Humber, who tried, but failed, to lead the PCL in wins. Humber's last win was four starts ago on July 16.

In the first, Fresno third baseman and lead-off hitter Leone walked and then got a free pass to second on Humber's errant pickoff throw. Six batters later, Humber got out of the inning, escaping with only one run crossing the plate. But in the second he had to face Leone again.

This time Leone reached second on his own, doubling to center. I've no idea whether Leone's double shook up Humber, but he gave the next batter, Luis Figueroa, a trot around the bases. Three nothing, Fresno.

Humber got the side out in order in the third, but in the fourth, bad luck struck again. With a runner on second, courtesy of a single and a sacrifice bunt, Leone walked again. (Can't Humber get him out?) Up stepped Figueroa, who cleared the bases with a double. Another single scored the Grizzlies' sixth run. Fortunately for the Zephyrs, the batter tried to stretch a single into a double and didn't make it.

In the top of the fifth, Humber led off and struck out. The next two Zephyrs also failed to reach first base.

Why did
Zephyrs manager Ken Oberkfell allow Humber to hit? The Zephyrs were losing 6-0 and Humber's only hitting .143. Oberkfell did the same thing in the previous game, which Adam Bostick pitched.

In the bottom of the fifth, Oberkfell sent in Eddie Camacho to pitch. Camacho pitched the next two innings, setting the side down 1-2-3 in both.

Willie Collazo pitched the seventh and eighth. He started the seventh by walking Justin Leone. With Figueroa at bat, Collazo did what Humber couldn't. He picked Leone off first.

Joe Smith pitched the final inning of the Zephyrs 6-4 loss. He faced three batters, walking one. The other two grounded out, one into a double play. It appears that his sinker's working again.

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