This must be brief – Postgame post for April 29, 2013

Given the brevity of our time here, it does seem likely that our species, too, must have at best a blinkered understanding of the shape of things, the import of certain events and what distinguishes ‘good’ from ‘bad’ luck. – Karen Russell

Silver Hawks 6
Timber Rattlers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

The strikeout to end the top of the seventh.

The strikeout to end the top of the seventh.

If only there weren’t a game in 13 hours. I could spend awhile on this one. Instead, I’ll have to be brief.

Five lead changes in this game.  South Bend up 1-0. Rattlers up 2-1. South Bend up 4-3. Rattlers up 5-4. South Bend up 6-5.

Michael Reed got on base five times on Monday night. He had three hits, drew two walks, scored two runs, and stole two bases. Good night.  He’s extended his hitting streak to six games and bumped his OBP to .397.

The team drew a season high eight walks. Reed, Jose Sermo, and Clint Coulter all drew two walks in the game.

Jorge Lopez gave up a home run to start the game and you were probably thinking…here we go again. Not this time. Lopez showed flashes of what he has – including a fastball that reached 96 – and was much better for the next four innings. In the fifth, he gave up three runs on two hits. But the improvement was there. Keep working on that.

In the highlights, you’ll hear me say 98! on Gibbard’s strikeout of Alex Glenn to end the Silver Hawks seventh inning. I did not think that was possible for Gibbard. It was the only time he got up there. More information needed to hear if that was adrenaline or if it was a glitch on the radar.

Whatever the velocity, that was impressive.  South Bend had the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the seventh.  Gibbard stranded all three runners to protect that lead.

Tyrone Taylor showed off his arm with a great throw to the plate to get a runner at the plate in the fifth inning.  He has three outfield assists this season.

Orlando Arcia was just elusive enough to stay in the rundown long enough to let Chris McFarland score the go ahead run.  Watch for it in the highlights.

Watch the highlights. Sleep fast. See you tomorrow.


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