2 outs, nobody on, an 0-2 count and then Sergio loses the 2-run lead and the game.
Couldn’t Ozzie pull him after the walks? The more the time passes the more the A’s players could figure out ‘this guy has only his fastball tonight’ as Pitch-F/X shows:
|Pitch Type||Avg Speed||Max Speed||Avg H-Break||Avg V-Break||Count||Strikes / %||Swinging Strikes / %||Linear Weights||Time to Plate|
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)||95.14||96.9||-3.02||6.90||23||14 / 60.87%||1 / 4.35%||0.9191||0.399|
|CH (Changeup)||86.34||88.4||-5.83||-2.09||5||2 / 40.00%||1 / 20.00%||0.4028||0.438|
|SL (Slider)||84.20||85.2||3.97||-3.92||3||1 / 33.33%||0 / 0.00%||0.6632||0.452|
|CU (Curveball)||85.40||85.4||5.05||-3.13||3||1 / 33.33%||1 / 33.33%||-0.1119||0.449|
|FT (TwoSeam Fastball)||88.90||89.5||-8.75||-0.01||4||1 / 25.00%||0 / 0.00%||0.1776||0.425|
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.
Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
|Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals|
|Inning||Pitches in Inning||Strikes in Inning||Strike% in Inning||Cumulative Total Pitches||Pitch LWTS in Inning|
As Ballantini says:
It seems obvious that there is a problem with Santos’ slider. It’s not only that he can’t throw his best pitch for an effective strike, he doesn’t seem to be able to get a grip on it. He threw one to the backstop, appeared to hit Kurt Suzuki with another and a third went for Matsui’s RBI single.
“I just didn’t have a feel for it,” Santos said. “I did but I just couldn’t repeat it consistently. That ended up kind of messing me up because it’s usually my put-away pitch. I couldn’t do it to Willingham. I tried three times and nothing.”