This game was tense throughout, we were down early, came back to lead 4-3, walked in the tying run, etc. Pretty Little Ricky did a nice job steadying himself after giving up three in the first. Not a great performance, but I like grit, and he sure gave us that through five.
So, when we tied the game (nice bluff home to induce the errant throw, Raburn!) and then loaded the bases with two outs (we can send the Angels pitching staff a fruit basket for issuing four walks in that inning), I found myself wound a wee bit tight, worrying that we'd strand the bases juiced, and I would leap off the edge of sanity into some pitiful state of lunacy.
Clete Thomas decided that shred of sanity was worth saving (and for that, I thank him). He wouldn't even come out for a curtain call, when the fans were imploring him with chants. Aw. His humility seems quite genuine, so it's pretty durn adorable.
Now, I'm beginning to wonder about our Skipper a little. I guess maybe he has to do it (but I don't think he really does), but why, why I ask, does he keep putting Rodney in the game for the now fabled "non-save situations?" It would be laughable if it weren't so maddening. Even FSN had the hideous splits plastered all over for the viewing masses to see. Actually, in this game, Perry, Seay, and Zumaya had already pitched, so maybe it was better than watching Brandon Lyon trot out of the pen. But still, it's a valid question for Skip, no?