‘Frustrated’ Bibee shows grit, but expects more from himself

This performance was the epitome of Bibee’s first half of the season. After giving up four runs in the first three innings, he locked back in and allowed just one hit over the next four scoreless frames. After he finished the sixth, Vogt told him that he had two more hitters. In the back of Bibee’s mind, he knew he was going to get all three outs in the seventh.

The first two outs were made and, as promised, out came Vogt from the dugout. Bibee had thrown 104 pitches through 6 2/3 innings. In theory, it was time to get him out of there, but he knew how badly his bullpen needed rest. Bibee locked eyes with Vogt and started begging to stay. Although it seemed as though Vogt was shaking his head “no” before he even got to the mound, he never signaled to the bullpen to send in Sam Hentges. Bibee started talking as soon as Vogt got within earshot and made his case.

“I just told him, ‘Look, I don’t want you to get hurt. I need you to tell me that you’re feeling really good. I’m putting a lot of trust into you right now. I need you to get this guy quick,’” Vogt said. “I wanted to see his eyes. I wanted to make sure he was 100 percent feeling good and he was.”