Death, taxes, and Dusty Baker sticking with his starting pitcher too long.
But it worked out this time. Zack Greinke, who has dealt with arm soreness already this postseason and turns 37 next week, was approaching 90 pitches in the 6th inning of a two-run game. With two runners on, and a batter coming up that had just homered off of him, you could sense it was time. But Baker came out, decided to let Greinke stay in, and it ended with a couple strikeouts.
The Astros held on (by a couple feet in the 9th) to win and keep the ALCS alive:
Greinke appreciated Baker after the game, with a typically Greinke quote: “It was nice having someone have confidence in me. Since I’ve been here, they haven’t seemed to have confidence in my ability. It was nice having that happen in an important time like that.”
Hey, no one ever accused Baker of not being well-liked by his players. He has always been a good clubhouse manager, and in the game, he often just goes with his gut, as he alluded after the game. Nice for him and Greinke that it worked out this time. Game 5 is today at 4pm CT.
Over in the NLCS, the down team also won, but there was no holding on late in this one:
With a record-breaking 11 runs in the first inning, the Dodgers ended this game right from the start.
Over their first 64 innings of the postseason, Braves pitchers had allowed just 6 runs. And then they went through a 6-inning stretch where they allowed 22(!) runs. Baseball.
Hey, I say let the guy do it, and also let us laugh at him:
Bold move to pimp a foul ball down 12 runs pic.twitter.com/aShVntYCLE
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) October 14, 2020