Today’s title comes from a post-David-Lee-Roth Van Halen song, apparently inspired by Sammy Hagar’s nocturnal marital activities, which no one need delve into too deeply. We are a family blog, after all.
But–Carlos Carrasco, what the heck? He’s just signed a mega-contract, he’s making the Astros look like fools in their own park, and he stupefies power hitter Chris Carter with a strike three curveball to open the home seventh. 88 pitches, 10 strikeouts. He is a force of nature the Gulf Coast has not seen since Katrina.
So Terry Francona pulls him.
What?! The next reliever, Nick Hagadone, gives up a quick walk and single, but is bailed out by a second reliever, Marc Rzepczynski, who induces a double-play grounder. The Indians still lead, 1-0.
Whoo–that was a close one. So why not just leave Big Carlos in the game?
We live in an age of specialization. It was the first game of the season–Carlos hasn’t pitched a complete MLB campaign yet. Maybe he was out of gas, as they say.
Damn, I would have liked to see C.C. at least finish the inning. But Terry Francona’s won two World Series rings and I’m just a fool stuffing my face with popcorn on my comfy chair. Tito, I hope you and Carlos are popping the corks off champagne bottles in September.
Meanwhile, in Detroit cagey right-hander Aníbal Sánchez went 6 2/3 innings and struck out 6 Twins in an 11-0 Tigers rout of Minnesota. Somehow I don’t mind Anibal’s 7th-inning exit–he struck out countryman Oswaldo Arcia on his 101st and final pitch. The game wasn’t on the line, as it was in Houston, and 101 pitches might be a better limit than say, 88.
But what do I know?
They call Carlos “Cookie” because, truly, he likes to eat cookies. And Terry Francona is one smart cookie, who knows that you might always want to save a few cookies for later in the season when you’re hungry.
VZ record after 3 days: 3-2
victories: Félix Hernández, Aníbal Sánchez, Carlos Carrasco
losses: Henderson Álvarez, Francisco Rodriguez (10th-inning pinch-hit homer, Wilin Rosario)