The Giants beat the Diamondbacks last night, but it got dicey late, and that led to one angry San Francisco Giants pitcher.
With the score at 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, Giants manager Bruce Bochy put his closer, Santiago Casilla in the game. Casilla allowed a double, a single and then walked a guy to load the bases. He also struck two men out, but the bases were loaded and Jake Lamb was coming to the plate, one single away from tying the game and forcing extras, one extra-base hit away from winning it for Arizona. Notably, Lamb hit a homer off of Casilla last month.
Bruce Bochy had seen enough and didn’t let Casilla face Lamb. Rather, he called on Javier Lopez. Lopez retired Lamb and the Giants were victorious. Afterward, however, Casilla voiced is displeasure. From John Shea’s story in the San Francisco Chronicle:
But long after the game, in a corner of the visitors’ clubhouse at Chase Field, closer Santiago Casilla was fuming because he was pulled by manager Bruce Bochy with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Casilla was furious on the mound when Bochy arrived and wasn’t over it after the game.
“The reason I got upset was because he took me out of the game where I thought he had confidence in me,” said Casilla, who was replaced by left-hander Javier Lopez, who retired lefty-swinging Jake Lamb to end the game. “I think I could pitch to the lefty, but I guess it shows the manager didn’t have faith in me.”
Well, don’t load the bases up in a close game and maybe that’s not an issue? Crazy, I know!
Casilla ended up saying that he’s just an employee and that he respects Bochy’s decisions. But if he really did I doubt he fumes like that.