Four strike outs? Fine.
Getting 12 batters out in a row? Good.
Allowing three runs? Bad.
Allowing some more runs? Very bad.
It was a mix of good and bad in Dan Straily in is Chicago Cubs debut. In the first five innings Straily had the Cubs in decent position trailing 3-1 to the New York Mets, but one bad pitch in the sixth sent things downhill in a hurry. Straily hit David Wright and that cascaded into a more runs for the Mets. Mark Gonzales detailed the outing in the Chicago Tribune.
“It’s something that just can’t happen,” said Straily, who was pulled after allowing a bases loaded walk to Matt den Dekker with one out in the sixth. “I had (Wright) on the ropes right there and lost the fastball in. and you can’t follow it up with a walk, a hit and another walk. It’s unacceptable.’’
The Cubs went on to lose 7-3.
It has been an up-and-down year for Straily. He started off in Oakland before struggles sent him down into the A’s farm system.
He was sent to Chicago in the Jeff Samardzija trade and worked his way back into a MLB role with the Cubs. One start isn’t a big sample size, and maybe he’s only getting the chance after the Cubs had 20 days without a break for the starters, but it will be interesting to see what the former Herd pitcher can do with the opportunity.