Monday, May 5, 2008
Gagne Blows Another Save, Brewers lose in 12 Innings
Gagné blew his major league-high 5th save Sunday by surrendering 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th in a game the Brewers eventually lost to the Houston Astros, 8-6, on Hunter Pence's 2-run homer with 1 out in the 12th inning.
Gagné allowed two hits - one on the infield that was close to being an out - and three walks. The killer was a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Lance Berkman that tied the score. A BASES-LOADED WALK BY YOUR CLOSER!!!!!! WITH 2 OUTS!!!!!
The veteran closer, who was given a $10 million free-agent deal over the winter, got no borderline calls from home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi but admitted afterward that he never should have been in that position.
"You've got to put yourself in position not to depend on anybody," said Gagné, who ranks among the league leaders with nine saves but also has a 6.14 earned run average to go with the five blown saves, also a league leader.
"I made some good pitches, made some bad pitches. I put myself in a situation I shouldn't have been. We played a really good game and I came in and messed it up."
I'm telling you now, nobody in the state of WI is feeling sorry for you Gagné. You did mess it up and it's not the first time either.
What bothers me about the Gagné situation is this: Last year everyone was accepting of the Brewers late season collapse, saying it wasn't their year and that the team was built for next year. Enter next year.....Gagné is considered a Brewer killer who is in the same class as Cubs catcher Sotto or the entire Pittsburgh Pirates team. The point is everyone's reaction to Gagné troubles is that it's a 1-year experiment and he will be gone next year regardless. Brewers Manager continues to feel the need to tell the media and the fans how great Gagné pitched and how it was 1 bad throw for his entire outing. Wake up Ned, that's baseball. 1 bad pitch makes a HUGE difference. 1 catch by Alou and the Cubs are in the World Series. 1 routine ground ball and the Red Sox beat the Mets and nobody knows who Bill Buckner even is. 1 bad pitch goes a long way.
HE SHOULD BE GONE TOMORROW!!! HECK EVEN TODAY. He's a shell of his former self and the lack of "juice" is destroying his game. The Brewers need a WIN NOW attitude and not another "We'll get 'em next year. Next year is our year." Pull the plug and stick a fork in him folks, Eric Gagné is done!!!