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Those towels aren't just for throwing in -- oh, wait.

Posted at 12:07 PM on September 11, 2005 by Josh Lee

Scott "Babyface" Baker worked a tie through the first five innings of last night's game, but pitched himself into a jam in the sixth. So Gardy called on J.C. "Electroshock" Romero to pitch with the bases loaded. You can probably guess how that turned out: two runs scored, one on a throwing error by Juan Castro. In the seventh, Romero loaded the bases himself, and Gardy called on Travis "This is Not How I Envisioned It" Bowyer to make his major league debut. Bowyer threw hard, but showed the control of a kid thrown into the deep end of the pool without a paddle board. Two batters and two runs later, Terry "Fitness Guru" Mulholland came in to clean things up, allowing one more run across.

A rookie pitcher relieved by a headcase, a greenhorn, and a mop-up man. I guess it's time to put away the unreasoning, wild-eyed optimism and look to next season (and yes, I realize everyone else was there weeks ago; I'm a little slow on the uptake). And if Francisco "Johan Jr." Liriano can keep striking out the side the way he did in the eighth inning last night, there just might be reason to hope for good things in the future.

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