It happens to the best of pitchers. In fact, it happened to Chris Sale of the White Sox on Sunday verses the Rays. A pitcher throws a great game and makes just one mistake. Unfortunately, that mistake costs him the game.
Granted, I'm taking a few liberties here. Masahiro Tanaka wasn't quite as sharp last night against the Marlins as Sale was on Sunday. However, after a shaky start (during which he gave up the tying run) he settled down, and his mistake didn't come until the 7th inning when he threw a cookie to Derek Dietrich.
Like Sale, Tanaka got no run support, and his fine effort was wasted. It's a tough loss to take, but these things happen. It's part of the game. All you can do is tip your cap to winning pitcher Tom Koehler and turn the page.
That new page is very intriguing. Two pitchers who were traded for one another this past off-season will face each other tonight: Nathan Eovaldi and David Phelps. No doubt, each will be trying to prove that the opposing team made a mistake in giving up on him. It will be very interesting to see what happens.