Nine after 9 for May 14, 2012

Timber Rattlers 2
Cougars 9
Boxscore | Game Story

Not all sausage race knockoffs are the same.

  1. Brandon Macias – and his glove – made a couple of really outstanding defensive plays at third base today.  In the bottom of the first, Justin Trapp hit a hot shot down the third base line.  Macias dove to a backhand stab and the ball knocked the glove off his hand.  However, the ball stayed in the glove.  Macias reached in to grab the ball and threw to first for an unusual out.  In the third, Macias denied Jin-Ho Shin with a similar stop and throw.  This time, the glove stayed on his hand.  Brian Buchanan, the Cougars manager, was coaching at third base.  He and Macias looked like they were both grinning at each other after both plays.
  2. Chad Thompson had a rough day, but was one out from working scoreless innings in both the second and the third. The home run by Watts came with two outs in the second.  In the third, there was a runner at third with two outs and Thompson walked the next two batters on a 3-2 pitch to load up the pitches.  Then, he fell behind Antonio 3-0…and after a strike made it 3-1…he left the next pitch up and the ball carried out of the park for a grand slam.  One more walk ended Thompson’s day.  I did see 90 a couple of times from him, but he had trouble throwing strikes when he needed it.
  3. Back to the start of the third inning rally.  John Dishon tried to make a diving catch of a sinking line drive off the bat of Trapp with one out.  The gamble didn’t pay off and the ball skipped to the wall for a triple. Does the inning play out differently with a runner on first and one out versus a runner on third and one out?  Not to go all Peter King here but, maybe.
  4. In the 4th with the score already 7-1, the Cougars had runners on second and third with one out.  The infield played halfway, not all the way in, but halfway.  Then, Jorge Bonifacio lined a single about to where Yadiel Rivera would have been playing a normal position.  I didn’t get a chance to ask why that particular defense was called for in that particular spot.  There is a theory about making a team earn every run,  I will ask tomorrow and report the answer
  5. Speaking of Yadiel Rivera, he launched his third home run of the season in the sixth inning.  It looked like a low pitch that was a little off the outside corner.  He went down and got it.  Nice at bat.  Needs to have more like that.
  6. Nick Ramirez is starting to heat up at the plate.  Two hits today.  He has at least one hit if each of his last four games.
  7. Tough call on the player of the game today.  Ramirez had two hits and scored a run.  Rivera had a homer.  Mark Williams pitched four scoreless innings five strikeouts.  I almost went with Williams.
  8. Williams battled the strike zone in his first inning with a couple of walks.  But, he fought through it and found his way.  He retired 10 of the last eleven batters he faced and struck out four in a row at one point.  Williams looked good again today.
  9. Carlos Gomez worked out with the team for a bit this morning.  He will work out with the team again on Tuesday.  Then, he will play Wednesday with the Timber Rattlers at home.  Looking forward to it.

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