Late last night I wrote a little bit about the Florida Marlins body language while in the field during the top of the ninth.
For those who went to bed, or started watching True Blood's second episode of the season, you mint of missed Brian Sanchez being left on the mound for three innings and 78 pitches. ( 20 more than he has ever thrown in the bigs)
During the ninth, Sanchez simply imploded, allowing a bases-loaded triple to Mike Martinez, a double by Howard that scored Martinez and a two run homer by Raul Ibanez. (yeah, that Raul Ibanez)
Today, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald puts a little spin on the situation.
Sanches was so upset when he walked off after the ninth that he spiked his glove repeatedly inside the dugout before throwing it in anger. It was impossible to tell whether Sanches was angry at himself, or at manager Jack McKeon for leaving him in so long.
He refused to comment after the game.
“I was down to one more guy, and I didn’t want to use him,” McKeon said of rookie reliever Steve Cishek, who was warming up in the ninth. “I didn’t want to see Sanches get crucified out there. We kept going hitter by hitter. You got to give him credit. He stayed out there and battled.”
At least Sanches showed some emotion, because the look of the Marlins infield after the Howard double suggested they had tuned into the HBO GO app on their mobile devices and had started watching True Blood as well.