Nine after 9 for May 9, 2012
- What can 18 hits in a game do for your team batting average? Say good-bye to .242 and say hello to .250. Also, EVERYBODY HITS! For the first time this season – and I am sure of it this time – all nine Rattlers hitters had at least one hit.
- My Gawd! That’s Ben McMahan’s music! McMahan gave the River Bandits pitchers no chance tonight. He doubled twice, tripled once, and singled once. The single was a little dribbler up the third baseline that scored a run. The other three hits were smacked pretty well. Good to see him get hot at the plate. He is on a four game hitting streak and is 9-for-16 during the streak.
- Jason Rogers drove in four runs during this game. McMahan got on and Rogers knocked him in. Rogers has 24 RBI in 33 games this season. Last season he had 37 RBI in 64 games. It’s exciting to see the progress from one season to another for Rogers. As I have mentioned quite a bit this season Rogers is getting into hitters counts and doing lots of damage when he gets a pitch to hit.
- Also exciting, Rafael Neda’s recent hot streak. He had three hits on Wednesday. Neda has a season long four game hitting streak and is 6-for-13 during the streak.
- Yadiel Rivera had one hit tonight. But, it was a good one. He hit a 3-2 pitch in the fourth inning about 12 feet up on the 16 foot high wall in centerfield that is 400′ from home plate.
- Someone thought that it was ironic that the Chad Thompson and Mark Williams both gave up a hit to the first batter they faced in Wednesday’s game. I disagree with ironic as a description. Don’t you think?
- Thompson’s velocity was up a couple of ticks tonight. There was an 89 and a 90 in there. I talked a little with pitching David Chavarria about the reports on Thompson’s velocity and that it was down a bit from what people said that it was. He said not to worry. Once he’s loosened up and has been pitching for a while, he thought the velocity would come back. I know it’s hard, but give it time. Patience.
- The run that Williams gave up in the sixth inning deserves a big * by it. There was a runner at first and Juan Castillo sent a routine fly ball to right. But, John Dishon never saw it off the bat. The ball dropped less than ten feet to the right of Dishon. Instead of one out and one on base, there were two on with no outs. Williams got the next two outs, but a double scored a run and – at the time – the River Bandits took a 4-3 lead.
- Seth Harvey came out firing tonight. The first batter he faced was Roberto De La Cruz. The situation was second and third with one out. De La Cruz had homered in the seventh. De La Cruz had also apparently never met a pitch he didn’t like. De La Cruz saw 12 pitches on Wednesday. He swung at 11 of those 12 pitches. Harvey got him to chase a 93-mph fastabll at eye level on a 1-2 pitch. Harvey struck out Anthony Garcia to end the game to earn the save and a little fist pump. He’s inherited five base runners this season and he’s stranded all five.