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It didn’t carry.
- Drew Gagnon allowed five runs on seven hits on Saturday. The first three came on a home run by the fourth batter of the bottom of the first and was the last of three straight hits. The last two runs scored after he left the game. But, if you listen to the music between the runs – 6-1/3 innings was pretty nice night. He allowed two hits between the homer and the bloop single by Rickles.
- About that bloop hit…it came with two out and none on in the seventh inning with the Rattlers up 5-3. That ball may have dropped 20 feet on the outfield grass and was just out of the reach of Nick Ramirez. It wasn’t the first hit that was less than solidly hit in the inning….more on that in a bit.
- Ben McMahan snapped an 0-for-11 streak with his home run in the fourth inning. He followed that up with that 2-run double in the fifth inning.
- I don’t want to sound greedy, but it seems like six straight hits should lead to more than four runs in an inning. An out on the basepaths will do that. It was understandable what Brandon Macias was trying to do after he got caught. He was trying to get in a rundown to allow Greg Hopkins to score from third. But, the Bees played that rundown well and Hopkins could never get a jump away from third base to score.
- Notes on Macias: He made two very nice defensive plays. One came after a slow grounder hit the third base bag and he stuck with it to get the out at first. The other was a grounder that carried him into foul territory and he still managed to get the out at first. He also drove in his 16th run in June.
- Mitch Haniger with a pair of very solid singles tonight for his first two hits as a professional.
- Circling back to point number two….Stephen Peterson made his first appearance in a game since June 8. That’s….a long time. He comes in with two on and two out to face the left-handed hitting Chih-Fang Pan and got what he needed, a grounder to short. But, Pan is very fast. And the ball was hit very slow. And Pan has that Ichiro running out of the box as he makes contact swing almost perfected. He beat the throw. It wasn’t even close. Once that double by Eliezer Mesa hit the wall in right, there was no question that Pan would score.
- For the second night in a row, the Rattlers catcher started the eighth inning by reaching base to put the tying run on base (On Saturday Cameron Garfield walked). For the second night in a row, Lance Roenicke came on to pinch run. For the second night in a row, Yadiel Rivera got a bunt down to move Roenicke along. The only change in the pattern was that Roenicke was at second base on a passed ball on Saturday when Rivera got him to third with the bunt. But things reverted to pattern as Roenicke was stranded to end the inning. The ball that Chadwin Stang hit with two out in the eighth sounded really, really good off the bat. But, the ball just died. It was well short of the warning track.
- The Rattlers have lost four in a row for the first time this season. They have had the lead in three of those games and been tied in the late in the other. All four games have been decided in either the eighth or ninth inning. It happens. The good teams rebound from these little stretches. Game time on Sunday is 2:00pm.