Can someone, anyone explain to me why Sam Perlozzo had to use his eighth best reliever in a 0-0 game in the 12th inning? I'm not sure if anyone outside of an All-Star team manager or spring training manager has ever tried to use seven straight relievers for one inning but that's exactly what Perlozzo did to put himself in that situation.
Despite the fact that Perlozzo had a pretty fresh bullpen for the most part, he choose to pitch Parrish, Bradford, Baez, Ray, Walker and Williamson for one inning each before bringing in Kurt Birkins in the 12th. You have to wonder what in the world Perlozzo could be thinking. At the same time, Tigers manager Jim Leyland used two relievers for two innings each before Monroe's grand slam broke open the scoreless game.
Now I've been losing more and more faith in Perlozzo as a skipper, but this has to take the cake. He basically asked seven relievers to be perfect despite the fact that Parrish (struck out the side on 14 pitches), Bradford (9 pitches), Ray (15 pitches), and Walker (13 pitches) each tossed hitless innings on low pitch counts and easily could have pitched another inning. Without a doubt there was no reason Parrish couldn't have gone more then one inning. The Orioles last successful manager Davey Johnson used to use Arthur Rhodes for three innings in situations like this. Guess what Sammy, Parrish is your Arthur Rhodes.
In case anyone was wondering, while Jay Gibbons struck out for the third time of the game against lefty Wilfredo Ledezma in the 11th inning with the winning run on base, Jon Knott hit his second homer of the year and JR House collected two more hits for Norfolk tonight. I'm pretty sure there are not too many Orioles fans who would not have rather seen either one of those two pinch hitting with Huff on first instead of pinch running little used Freddie Bynum for Huff with Gibbons at bat.
At least we know why the Orioles carry 13 pitchers and have the worse bench in the major leagues. Perlozzo uses his relievers for one inning at a time regardless of how rested or successful they are and apparently prefers the speedy legs of a pinch runner instead of a better batting match up late in a game.
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