The optimist says the glass is half full, the pessimist says the glass is half empty. The engineer says
the glass is twice the size necessary, and the grammarian says everyone is wrong since full and
empty are absolutes not subject to modifications like ‘half.’ Meanwhile, while everyone is arguing
over the state of the glass, the pragmatist sneaks in and drinks the rest of the water – which is what
happened in the bottom of the 10th, when Michael Taylor drank the water that Brandon Cunniff was
supposed to be watching and the Natspos walked off with a 5-2 extra inning win.
The good from the game: Julio Teheran went six innings, pitching on a razor’s edge, and despite
giving up five hits and four walks, he allowed only one run, which is what you want your front line
starters to do when they don’t have their dominant stuff. Freddie Freeman had three hits, which is
what you want your best hitter to do. A J Pierzynski had a hit – which tied him for 10th all-time for
catchers with Bill Dickey.
The bad: Well, Arodys Vizcaino didn’t look good at all trying to go two innings, giving up the tying
run in the bottom of the ninth, and needing Peter Moylan to bail him out for the last out of the
ninth. Matt Marksberry – bless his heart – he took the loss by allowing a lead off single to Bryce
Harper, and then was immediately yanked for Cunniff. Kinda hard luck to face probably the scariest
hitter in the NL for your only batter and take the L.
Anyway, another game down, and another loss to keep pace with the Failies.