Here's how Francisco Liriano's day went:
Walk, single, fly out, walk, single, walk, single, single, single.
And then he was done. After that fourth single, Chris Denorfia was thrown out at third base -- and don't think the extra out didn't matter to a few owners. That lowered Liriano's ERA from 162.00 to 81.00.
This was his final line:
0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
He threw 35 pitches and only 15 were strikes. His fastball was 88-91 mph. But other than the poor velocity and the total lack of command, everything was just fine. No home runs, no HBPs, two-thirds of an inning...what more can you ask for, fantasy owner?
You'll note the comment from Ron Gardenhire on Liriano's player page:
"We're not running a tryout camp here -- we want him to go and get major-league hitters out, that's why we brought him up here. But we want to see progression, we want to see him getting better."
Sure didn't see that today. After 13 walks and 15 hits in 10.1 innings, it's tough to imagine he'll remain in the Twins' rotation. Hope dims, Liriano enthusiasts.
Other interesting notes from that game: Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 and hit leadoff for the A's again, while new arrivals Frank Thomas and Rajai Davis both started. Thomas went 0-for-3, but he walked twice and scored a run. Greg Smith had another very useful line, pitching seven innings, allowing two runs, and striking out three.
But here's the most exciting news: Sunday, May 4 is Campy Campaneris '60s retro jersey day! Make sure that thing sells out, Oakland.