Joe Girardi took out Vidal Nuno way way way too early. As usual, we expect Joe Girardi to take out pitchers who are doing well.
Dan Girardi of the Rangers fanned on a shot. Twice. Then fell down. Then passed the puck to the Kings. It was a Joe-Girardi-like moment for the usually reliable Dan Girardi. Let’s hope he overcomes that and makes up for it during Game 2 Saturday.
Nuno wasn’t pitching a gem, but he should not have been yanked either. In 4 and 2/3rds innings, he only gave up 2 runs and had a 4-2 lead. Nuno had just given up a sac fly…it’s not like they were shelling him left and right. He had good stuff.
But instead, Joey G. decided to go with Matt Daley, who promptly gave up 2 runs and gave up the lead. Girardi then decided to use such luminaries as Matt Thornton, Jose Ramirez, and Wade LeBlanc, all of whom contributed to Oakland putting up 7 runs on us.
Great decision, Joe. We hope you remember such decisions while you’re unemployed.