Saturday, February 7, 2009
Gas Can and Matches
A commented on one of the STRIB Twins blogs once lamented having to watch Dennys Reyes stroll out of the bullpen with a gas can followed by Matt Guerrier with the matches. I decided to steal these terms to use as nicknames for the relievers. The game on Saturday, September 6th really says it all. Scott Baker entered the 8th having allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. A one-out walk prompted Gardy to summon Dennys Reyes from the bullpen to face the left-handed hitting Curtis Granderson. Three pitches later, a Granderson home run tied the game. Gardy then called upon Matt Guerrier. The second batter he faced hit a 2 run homer to take the lead. At least this meltdown didn't involve the relievers walking anybody.