Next two opponents: Doug Davis (1.59 WHIP, .318 BABIP) and Livan Hernandez (1.60 WHIP, 90/79 K/BB).
And here, in so many words, is the difference between a winning manager and a losing one:
"We didn't want to fire (i.e., swing) early (in the count) unless we felt confident it was something we could square up," said manager Clint Hurdle. "We talked to [hitting coach] Alan Cockrell, and I thought one of the keys for us tonight would be the ability to hit with two strikes. We had to be comfortable hitting with two strikes. ... You know, patience -- not just in baseball, but in a lot of different areas -- usually has a tendency to work to your advantage."