How much confidence does Arizona State baseball coach Pat Murphy have in Tuffy Gosewisch?
As soon as Gosewisch got back to the dugout in the eighth inning of Sunday’s College World Series win over Tennessee, ESPN microphones picked up Murphy asking his senior catcher whether he should leave reliever Pat Bresnehan in to start the ninth inning, or go to reliever Brett Bordes.
Gosewisch said Bresnehan was pitching well and should stay in. Murphy went along. Bresnehan, still throwing hard, retired the side in order — saving Bordes’ arm and reinforcing Murphy’s confidence in his brainy backstop.
Of course, since later Murphy admitted he spent more time making out next year’s lineup than watching the sixth and seventh innings, maybe he had no idea Bresnehan was in control.
Three weeks ago, the Indianapolis 500 drew 300,000 fans and huge TV ratings for the CART series — thanks to Danica Patrick.
Sunday on the same track, Formula One racing may have seen its last U.S. race when less than 100,000 fans left booing and sneering after 14 of 20 cars boycotted the race in a protest over tire safety.
Formula One needs to get its act together — or find an attractive woman driver — in a hurry.
BACK TO EVEN
After getting swept in Cleveland on Sunday, the Diamondbacks have now lost 17 of the last 25 games, falling from 27-18 to .500 for the first time since April 21, when they were 8-8 before reeling off a six-game winning streak.
The good news? Ten of the next 13 games are in the NL West, which boasts only one winning team (the Padres) and where the D-Backs are 20-12 so far this year.
The bad news? After giving up 10-run innings in back-to-back games, Arizona got complete games from Brandon Webb and Shawn Estes and still couldn’t win.
• Interesting as it is to see Harold Reynolds act out all those bunts and fielding positions in the booth (is this Omaha or Williamsport?), Eric Karros has proven to be the better ESPN college baseball analyst.
• Three sons of former major leaguers — Cincinnati’s Ken Griffey Jr., Arizona’s Jose Cruz Jr. and San Francisco’s Lance Niekro — hit home runs on Sunday. Happy Father’s Day, dad.
• After being swept in the Bronx this weekend, the Cubs have now lost seven straight at Yankee Stadium — over more than seven decades. The streak dates back 73 years to the 1932 World Series (the year Babe Ruth hit his famous "called shot’’ home run against Charlie Root).
• Has Retief Goosen finished his final round at the U.S. Open yet? His 81 on Sunday won’t go down as the biggest choke in major golf history, thanks only to Greg Norman’s Masters implosion.