Big Mike DID "pitch as deep as he could." He was over 100 pitches (for the first time this year I believe) ...
Still and all, this one's on the offense mostly.
109 pitches against Oakland in July, upon checking, but yeah, good memory, I would have guessed more than that.
Concur on the blame. It's fun to debate how to eke out a close win, because sometimes you'll have those situations and want to win your share, but through 9 innings the pitching and defense did their job and the offense mostly did not, and we should not have been faced with Graterol or whoever in a high leverage 11th inning situation if the offense had.