Jeremy Guthrie was pitching well tonight and making big pitches when he needed to.
He had a 2-1 lead after six innings but did not take the mound for the seventh and Matt Albers came on and now Texas has scored twice in the inning to take the lead 3-2.
Guthrie was at just 90 pitches, so why didn’t he come out for the seventh? We’ll wait on Dave Trembley’s answer after the game. Is there a reason other than he just thought it was the right time to go to the pen?
Guthrie retired the side in order in the sixth and hitters eight and nine were due to leadoff off the seventh. Sure seemed like a time for Guthrie to stay out there, but he didn’t come out for the last of the seventh.
Update: It looks like Cesar Izturis has decided to carry the offense. His RBI single in the 8th off former teammate Chris Ray has tied the game 3-3. Izturis is 3 for 4 tonight with 3 RBI. It’s his first three-hit game of the season and he entered tonight in a 4 for 41 slump that had his average down to .206.