Yankees 6 @ Orioles 5 in 10
BS(3)/W(2-1)-Proctor*, S-Wang (1), H-Myers (8) L-Ray (1)
*Proctor has 8 Holds. Johnsion pitched 7.1 innings with 4ER in a ND.
Scott Proctor: A starter reprogrammed into a nerve-wracking reliever. Started once in 2005, beautifully. Seemed to need to spread out and use more pitches, like a starter. 2006: Sharp in long relief, short relief, all relief. What happened? I hate to speculate about players’ personal lives, but I do wonder if his baby daughter’s life-threatening heart condition and surgery had an effect on his live-in-the-moment Zen Mind. It’s like he "had a Heilman," who is a converted Mets starter who may be inadvertantly impressing his way into a permanent bullpen artist.
And Chien-Ming Wang? Pitching in a relief spot could reduce his tendency to slip into a bad inning the way he does as a starter. Then again, that happens when his focus weakens with runners on base, so he may not be ideal for high-pressure relief in general, though he did well earning the Save today.