Found July 18, 2012 on Rockies Review:
Is Dan O'Dowd's theory backfiring on his young pitchers?Dan O'Dowd's theory may be dismantling right in front of him.On Tuesday night at Coors Field, Christian Friedrich pitched well enough to keep his team in the game--until the 5th inning. In the fifth frame, the rookie lefty had everything set up in his favor. He was facing the bottom of the Pirates order and he was well below the Rockies self-imposed 75 pitch limit.However, Friedrich walked Mike McKenry, then walked Clint Barmes to runners on first and second, an easy sacrifice situation for Pirate pitcher Erik Bedard. Bedard laid down the sacrifice, moving the runners over. Friedrich got Alex Presley to ground out, scoring a run, but it looked like he was going to limit the damage.Instead, Friedrich gave up three singles in a row and uncorked a wild pitch, allowing the Pirates to score four runs in the inning, and ending the lefties night before he could record 15 total outs.O'Dowd has made it clear that he ...
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