A good team and a bad team played tonight. The good team's starting pitcher gave up a career-high seven walks. He did not get the loss. The bad team left 11 men on base. The good team had a recent, modestly-paid acquisition knock in the winning runs. The bad team had half a billion dollars' worth of bats go 0 for 17.
The good team is hitting its stride right when it needs to. The bad team has dropped four of its past five series. The good team is well on its way to winning the division. The bad team has its fans looking forward to next year.