Eric Gagne must have been born in a barn, as the Brewers reliever once again couldn’t close the door on Sunday.
The MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL details the latest collapse by the one-time ace of saves. Milwaukee had a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the 10th, when Gagne was brought out to the mound to finish off the Reds. Three batters later, it was Eric who was finished.
First up, Edwin Encarnacion took up to a 2-2 count from Gagne before belting a home run. (Yes, Jeff Brantley, he’s certainly not a clutch hitter.) Next batter, Paul Bako, needed only two pitches to bang a second straight dinger out of the park. The third time was the charm (sort of) for Eric, as he only gave up a walk to Scott Hatteberg.
Manager Ned Yost had seen enough and pulled Gagne. But the damage was already done, and Ken Griffey Jr. (surprisingly not sitting on the DL) eventually knocked in the game-winning run.
It could be that Eric may have been a bit tired, as Sunday’s game was his fourth straight day in relief. But Yost explained that his closer told him he felt fine.
After the game, Gagne didn’t feel as fine:
“You got to get ahead,” Gagné said. “I didn’t do that, and I went out there and put myself in trouble, and they made me pay.”
Speaking of pay, Milwaukee had acquired Gagne in the offseason and signed him to a 1-year, $10 million contract. Now the Brew Crew may have wondered if they’ve made a wise investment.
ESPN points out that in the past two seasons with the Brewers, Red Sox & Rangers, Eric has blown seven saves - the same number he had in his previous seven seasons with the Dodgers.
Gagne better get better, lest he be objected to another round of massive Facebook outrage. If this kind of performance continues, we bet Eric wishes he could be back in L.A., where no one would recognize him.