Today Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals pitched excellent ball, giving up 1 run and 2 hits over 7 innings, and whiffing 11 while issuing a pair of free passes. After a clean 8th-inning hold by Matt Albers, the Nats led the Diamondbacks 4-1 going into the 9th inning. They brought in Joe Blanton to close out the game.
Blanton has now appeared in 12 games (of 28) and pitched 11.0 innings. Before today he’d given up 5 homers in 11 innings. So while his Earned Run Average was 9.82, his home runs allowed per 9 innings average was 4.09. That’s just homers. He’d yielded 12.2 hits per 9.
Today Blanton faced one batter. Yup, homer #6. So now all those numbers are a little worse. Dusty had seen enough, and Enny Romero was waved in to finish off the D-backs with his 101-mph stuff. Blanton, by virtue of today’s and this season’s performance, earns my portable nickname “Dinger” with his abysmal effort. Indeed, let’s hope we don’t have “Dinger” Blanton to kick around for very long. There must be somebody in Syracuse who could make him just a bad memory. Even Joe Nathan? Can’t happen too soon for me.