Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sports: Gagne is back!

Its primary election day in LA but for the moment, I'm watching television coverage of Mets vs. Dodgers.

With an 8-5 lead going into the top of the ninth, it was a save situation and so the doors opened and the speakers blared Welcome to the Jungle and Gagne trotted out to the mound.

14 pitches later, Gagne got his first save of the season and his first save in nearly a year.

Most of the 14 pitches were not his 90+ mph fastball. With his surgically repaired arm, he now has to use his other pitches to set up the fastball. Fans were treated to his rainbow curve that busts into the strike-zone at the last minute or the sharper curve that gets the batter to swing but dives out of the zone at the last minute. Gagne also got batters swinging early on his change up and then blew it by them with a fastball.

UPDATE: Uh-oh, Gagne "a little sore and stiff" after last night's game.

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