Matt Herges, that is. Dude has been solid out of the bully for a while now. Hizzle came up huge tonight when the game was starting to get away after Elmer's departure in the 3rd with a sore hammy. Hard to believe we could win a game like this, when 10 pitchers were used. Thankfully, we weren't facing Peavy, as it was originally scripted. (Great decision to pitch against the D-Backs on three days rest, Jake!) Those 5 insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th were nice and hopefully preserves Manny for some closing opportunities later this weekend.
There is now a big(ger) question mark with the rotation for next week with Elmer likely out. Ortiz looked pretty good in the top of the 9th - maybe he'll be the man. A freakin' shame we didn't pick up a quality arm at the deadline (or snagged someone good off of waivers) to shore up the rotation. Nonetheless, if this team is going to make a serious run at the post season, the bats are going to have to be hot. Spotty starting pitching is going to be a given, that's a given.