Look, the Astros won the game so it’s all good, but this was a little nuts: Brad Mills used six pitchers against six consecutive batters across an inning and a third.
Bud Norris started the game and went six and two-thirds innings. In the seventh, the last batter he faced was Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who singled in two runs. Time to go to the pen, right? Of course it was. But from the end of the seventh inning and on through the eighth, it went like this:
- Wilton Lopez faced Ruben Tejada and no one else;
- Wesley Wright faced Daniel Murphy and no one else;
- Brandon Lyon faced David Wright and no one else;
- Fernando Abad faced Ike Davis and no one else; and
- Fernando Rodriguez faced Scott Hairston and no one else.
Only Davis reached. All of the other one-batter relievers retired their men. And New York was kept scoreless for the entire inning and a third in which those six men pitched.
I bet that if even Tony La Russa was watching that game he’d say “damn.”
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Gomez will earn $11.5 million next season.
Gomez, 31, struggled with the Astros to a .594 OPS before the club released him in mid-August. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter and were immediately rewarded. Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 130 plate appearances through the end of the regular season.
As presently constructed, Gomez would likely take over in center field with Nomar Mazara handling left and Shin-Soo Choo in right.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks are close to signing free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Rodney, 39, has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. This past season, he was lights-out with the Padres, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28 appearances. After the Marlins acquired him at the end of June, he struggled to a 5.89 ERA in 39 appearances.
Brad Ziegler, who closed for the Diamondbacks in the first half last season, went to the Red Sox in a midseason trade and is now a free agent. The Diamondbacks had six other relievers register a save, but only Daniel Hudson and Jake Barrett recorded more than one. Adding Rodney will give the club some stability in the ninth inning.