Nine after 9 for April 23, 2012
- Mark Williams struck out the first batter of the game on a high outside pitch. The ball got away from Tyler Roberts to the backstop and that runner reached base.
- The next batter sent a liner to right. Max Walla charged but had to let the ball drop in for a hit. Unfortunately, the ball took a SUPERball bounce on the artificial turf and went over Walla’s head to the wall for an RBI triple.
- John Pedrotty was the starter for the Silver Hawks. In his previous 15.1IP this season, he had walked 11 and struck out 10. Tonight, he faced 22 batters, walked one, and struck out five. He got to a 3-ball count on six batters and the only walk was of the four-pitch variety and John Dishon drew it in the fifth.
- Dishon was balked to second base, but he broke for third too early as Pedrotty held the ball. Dishon did a nice job staying in the rundown and almost got away, but he was run down by the second baseman for a 1-6-5-4 caught stealing.
- Yadiel Rivera came back strong after an off day on Sunday. He had a single and a double to end that 0-for-15 slide.
- Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was titled Garden of Bones. The Cove should have a nickname that implies a graveyard for extra base hits. Hokins, Stang, Walla, and Walla again struck the ball very well tonight, but the ball just hung up there for Ender Inciarte to run down in center. Inciarte raced back just short of the track in center on consecutive balls hit by Stang and Walla in the third inning. That wall in center is 406′ from home plate. The power alleys are 360′ and that makes for a lot of room out there.
- Speaking of Ender Inciarte, he was the MWL Offensive Player of the Week this week. Tonight, he had two hits and two RBI. He is in his third tour of duty with the Silver Hawks. In 2010 and 2011 against the Rattlers, he was a combined 2-for-19. Inciarte may be in his third year with South Bend, but he doesn’t turn 22 until October of this year.
- Best opportunity for Wisconsin against Pedrotty was in the sixth. A double by Rivera and a single by Walla put runners on the corners with no outs. But, a strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play ended that real quick.
- To end this on a personal note, I got a chance to talk with Mark Haley, the Silver Hawks manager before the game today. To understand how big a deal that is…well, here is a story from January 12 of this year.
Haley, the 52-year-old manager of Arizona’s Class A affiliate, has been hospitalized for 20 days after he suffered a ruptured bowel following back surgery earlier last month. He was admitted to South Bend Memorial Hospital on Dec. 24 after experiencing urinary tract and abdominal pain, with further testing revealing a ruptured bowel. He underwent surgery Dec. 29 to remove a portion of his bowel and had been unable to breath on his own or sleep without medication since.
Haley is largely unaware of what has transpired over the last few weeks, his wife said. A CT scan Wednesday came back negative, and doctors plan to move Haley from his intensive care room today to a surgical floor, and then to a rehab floor. His wife said Haley may be able to sit up and consume water today as well.
When I talked to Mark he said that he woke up in the hospital one day and told his wife that they had a wedding to get to. The wedding occurred while Mark was out. He said that the last thing he remembered before waking up was Christmas.
We talked a little about his team, a little about prospects (He really likes Kaleb Cowart of Cedar Rapids and Miguel Sano of Beloit), a little about his recovery, and a little about how much he appreciated everyone’s prayers and good thoughts. The last thing I said to him was to jokingly ask him to take it easy on the Rattlers. He told me not to worry. The Rattlers will be just fine this year.
He wasn’t supposed to be back yet. But, he’s way ahead of schedule. It is great to have Mark Haley is back as the manager of the Silver Hawks.
And if that doesn’t put an early season 8-1 loss into perspective, I don’t know what will.