Rough day for ex-Rattlers

Tough day for Scooter Gennett (’10) in the Arizona Fall League.  The Peoria Javelinas beat Phoenix 7-5 in 11 innings.

Scooter went 0-for-5 with an RBI, a walk, and three strikeouts.

Logan Schaefer, a fellow Brewers minor leauger, also went 0-for-5 in that game.

But, that all pales when compared to the night for Mark Lowe (’05).   When he was a Rattler, Lowe made 22 starts and went 6-6 with an ERA of 5.47.  In 103.2 innings pitched, Lowe allowed 107 hits – 12 homers – walked 49 and struck out 72.

Lowe has joined a club with Pat Darcy, Charlie Leibrant, and Mitch Williams as the other members.  All four pitchers have given up “walk-off” home runs in Game Six of a World Series.

Carlton Fisk’s 12th inning homer at Fenway Park gave the Red Sox a 7-6 win over Cincinnati in 1975.
Kirby Puckett’s 11th inning homer at the Metrodome gave the Twins a 4-3 win over Atlanta in 1991.
Joe Carter’s 9th inning homer at Skydome gave the Blue Jays an 8-6 win over Philadelphia in 1993.

Mark Lowe in the Rangers dugout after Game 6 of the 2011 World Series PHOTO: Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

I found an AP article with comments from Lowe

Rangers’ Lowe wanted Game 6 in his hands

“If you don’t want to be in that situation I was in as a pitcher,” Lowe said, “you’re in the wrong business. This is what I’ve worked for my whole career and I was where I wanted to be.”

Too bad his pitch wasn’t.

Lowe’s change-up drifted over the plate and Freese tattooed it to center field, the winning homer sending the record crowd of 47,325 at Busch Stadium into a delirious frenzy. The homer gave St. Louis a dramatic 10-9 victory and forced the first Game 7 in the World Series since 2002.

“I didn’t have the results I wanted,” Lowe said, “but tomorrow’s a new day and I could get in there and get a big out and nobody remembers this game. That’s baseball.”

I hope that Lowe does get another chance, but history says probably not. Neither Darcy nor Leibrandt got a chance to redeem themselves in the Game 7 that was played the next day. Williams did not get the opportunity because Carter’s home run ended the series.

However, the way the Rangers bullpen was used up last night, he may.

Speaking of last night’s game. I am not sure how many of you are into Win Expectancy Graphs, but take a look at this over at Baseball Reference.  The graph shows how likely it is that one team will win the game.  The line moves on each play.  The more the line swings to one team, the more likely that team is to win the game.

To put it in words:
After Neftali Feliz struck out Ryan Theriot for the first out of the ninth inning, the Rangers win expectancy was 96%.
After Josh Hamilton hit his home run in the 10th, the Rangers win expectancy was 93%.

Just head over and look at the roller coaster.

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