Posted by John Autin on July 20, 2011
In Detroit Wednesday, David Purcey came on in the top of the 7th against his former team, and walked the only 3 batters he faced. It was the 10th time this year that a pitcher had 3+ walks without retiring a batter. Four of the 10 came in the last week; you probably saw footage of the top one on the list:
|1||Carlos Marmol||2011-07-14||CHC||FLA||L 3-6||9-8 ,BL||0.0||1||5||5||4||0||0||25||7||0||0||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||inf||-0.831||-3.978||3.138|
|2||Juan Perez||2011-07-17||PHI||NYM||W 8-5||8-8||0.0||0||2||2||3||0||0||15||3||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||inf||-0.026||-1.816||.193|
|3||Michael Wuertz||2011-07-15||OAK||LAA||W 5-3||6-6||0.0||0||1||1||3||0||0||14||2||1||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||inf||-0.229||-2.044||2.293|
|4||Marc Rzepczynski||2011-06-06||TOR||KCR||L 2-3||7-7 ,BS||0.0||0||0||0||3||0||0||13||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||undef||-0.320||-1.531||3.927|
|5||Justin Berg||2011-05-25||CHC||NYM||L 4-7||2-2||0.0||0||0||0||3||0||0||12||0||2||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||undef||-0.188||-2.166||2.263|
|6||David Hernandez||2011-05-20||ARI||MIN||W 8-7||9-9||0.0||1||1||1||3||0||0||18||6||1||1||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||inf||-0.419||-3.034||3.282|
|7||Rob Delaney||2011-05-15||TBR||BAL||L 3-9||6-5||0.0||0||3||3||3||0||0||18||6||0||0||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||inf||-0.105||-1.818||.895|
|8||Aroldis Chapman||2011-05-10||CIN||HOU||W 7-3||8-8||0.0||0||3||3||3||0||0||19||5||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||inf||-0.054||-2.811||.310|
|9||Michael Crotta||2011-04-10||PIT||COL||L 5-6||7-7 ,BL||0.0||1||1||1||3||0||0||21||7||1||1||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||inf||-0.492||-2.521||3.094|
As you might imagine, such an outing rarely bodes well for the pitcher in question, though one has bounced back nicely:
- Marmol had another rough game the day after this one, and was (temporarily?) relieved of his closing duties.
- Chapman, Crotta, Delaney and Berg were all sent to the minors soon after the games above.
- Juan Perez, who had 41 Ks and 21 walks in 31 IP at AAA this year, was mentioned by Andy when he struck out the side on 9 pitches July 8. Perez struck out 3 of 5 batters in his next 2 perfect outings, but then threw 12 balls in 15 pitches against the Mets last Sunday and hasn't pitched since. He has 7 Ks and 5 walks in 4 hitless IP with the Phillies.
- Hernandez was a setup man back in May. He became the fill-in closer this month with J.J. Putz hurt, and he's been nearly perfect in that role -- 7 for 7 in save tries this month, with no hits and 1 walk in 6.1 IP.
Back to Purcey ... After losing the .195-hitting #8 batter Landon Powell on a full count, he missed with 4 straight to the recent call-up Eric Sogard, and after going 0-2 on Coco Crisp, threw 4 straight balls to load the bases. All 3 would score against Joaquin Benoit, who allowed hits to 3 of his first 4 batters, and the A's went on to a 7-5 win that kept Detroit from seizing sole possession of the AL Central lead.
Purcey, who was dealt from Toronto to Oakland in April and then swapped for 2B Scott Sizemore in late May, had 8 straight scoreless outings with Detroit, but the wheels have come off lately. He has now allowed 23 walks and 31 hits in 32 IP this year. Sogard, the man with 4 career hits whom Purcey walked on 4 pitches, was starting at 2B in place of Sizemore, who was hit in the face by a pitch from Rick Porcello on Tuesday.