Nine after 9 for April 26, 2012
- Matt Miller…That’s you! That’s how you pitch! Miller was nasty tonight. He jammed guys, broke bats, and – most importantly – threw strikes. One of his four strikeouts is in the highlights at the bottom of the post. Watch how the pitch freezes the hitter. Listen to how it freezes the announcer.
- Speaking of the highlights, watch Greg Hopkins Matrix slide into second base on his stolen base. As Keanu Reeves says, “Whoa.”
- There was a fortunate bounce or two in the outing though. Most notably Danny Vicioso on a leadoff single in the fifth. He lined a pitch deep to left and hit high off the wall. The ball came right to Ben McMahan and the left fielder threw Vicioso out at second by a country mile. Vicioso was robbed again in the seventh as Stephen Peterson made a nice play with a glove hand flip to Jason Rogers at first on an attempted bunt single
- Peterson made an interesting play on Jefry Sierra’s bunt attempt in the eighth…It sure as heck looked like he tried to kick it to Jason Rogers… It really did.
- The Rattlers offense didn’t have a hit after Yadiel Rivera’s one out double in the fourth ….hold on a second….let me check that…The Rattlers offense didn’t have a base runner after Yadiel Rivera’s one out double in the fourth. Dayton pitching retired the last 20 Rattlers hitters they faced.
- This entry is to add context to the next entry. In the bottom of the first inning, Max Walla appeared to go around on a two strike count, but was ruled to have checked his swing to run the count to 2-2. Justice French would retire Walla on a grounder to second. Even though he had to make a couple extra pitches (in the mind of the Dragons) he retired Walla.
- In the top of the ninth, Ryan Wright was at the plate with a 2-2 count against Seth Harvey. Harvey threw a pitch that Wright watched go into the mitt of Tyler Roberts. Wright put his head down and started to walk to the Dayton dugout, thinking that he had struck out to start the inning. He was called back to the plate because it was ruled a ball. It was not ball four, it was ball three. There was still a chance to retire him, but Wright singled. That was how the rally to tie the game began.
- Then, Harvey struck out the next batter looking on a 3-2 pitch, but Wright stole second without a throw, a grounder to the right side moved him to third with two out. Harvey made a great pitch on Vicioso, but this ball dropped in just fair and out of the reach of a diving Jason Rogers in short right to tie the game. The two run rally in the tenth featured maybe one ball that was hit hard.
- Miller Park on Friday night. Game time at 7:05pm. See you there.