PITCHf/x: Breaking Down Jim Johnson’s Eighth Blown Save

PITCHf/x: Breaking Down Jim Johnson’s Eighth Blown Save

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What a heartbreaker.

The Orioles dropped another tough one in Arizona when Jim Johnson blew his league leading eighth save in the Diamondback’s 4-3 victory. NL MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt took Johnson deep to start to the bottom of the ninth, then hit a walkoff homer against T.J. McFarland in the 11th.

It took Johnson 30 pitches to work the ninth inning, he surrendered three hits and struck out one.

JJ threw Goldschmidt five 94-95 MPH two-seam fastballs. He fell behind 3-1 and left a belt high pitch to one of the game’s best hitters with his fifth pitch of the at-bat.

Jim  Johnson vs. Paul  Goldschmidt - August 13, 2013

Goldy didn’t miss.

Lack of command plagued Johnson yet again as he fell behind Aaron Hill and Wil Nieves 2-0 and Didi Gregorius 3-1. Johnson left far too many pitches in the top two thirds of the strikezone.

Jim  Johnson PITCHf/x - August 13, 2013