Sunday, April 17, 2011
Justice for Chris Resop
Last week, I saluted Pirates reliever Chris Resop for his 3 shutout innings, all after the 9th. He didn't get a win nor a save nor a hold for that, yet he helped keep the mighty Rockies off of the board long enough for the Bucs to win.
Well today the ledger evened out.
The Pirates looked like they were going to blow a game where they had a 4-0 lead before the Reds even came to bat. I warned them that losing a game like this meant they didn't DESERVE a .500 record.
The Pirates blew the lead, took it back and let the Reds tie it in the 7th. With 2 outs on the 7th, Resop came in to face back up Cincinnati catcher Ryan Hanigan. On his second pitch, Hanigan popped up to end the inning.
The next inning Andrew McCutchen drove home the go ahead run and the Pirates went on to win.
So a game where Resop throws 3 shutout innings in relief, all extra innings, he gets nothing positive for his record.
A game where he threw 2 pitchers to a back up catcher? He gets a win. That's the universe paying him back.