Walkoff walk – Postgame post for May 13, 2013
No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined. – Paul Gallico
Michael Reed and Tyrone Taylor both extended their hitting streaks to seven games. Reed had three hits and scored two runs. Taylor extended his hitting streak with a bunt single in the eleventh as he was trying to move Orlando Arcia to second base.
I know that I am tempting fate with this one…BUT…Speaking of Arcia: The last time the Rattlers shortstop struck out was in the eighth inning of the game at Great Lakes on May 4th. He has gone 27 straight plate appearances without striking out. Arcia has reached two strikes in ten of those 27 plate appearances. He has four hits and two walks with two strikes against him since that strikeout on May 4. He’s 18.
By my count Arcia is 5-for-22 with five walks since that strikeout. Small sample size, but this is a rare time where BABIP = AVG
Heads defense by Adam Giacalone and by Eric Semmelhack. Look for both plays in the highlights.
Clint Coulter struggled behind the plate with two more passed balls…BUT…look at him throw out Kyle Johnson at second base on the stolen base attempt in the top of the ninth. Johnson had been 23-for-23 in stolen base attempts going into that try.
The two runs against Eric Semmelhack were: An unearned run on a two-out hit in the eighth and a wind-aided home run to left in the tenth. I thought he pitched well.
For the record, the last time the Timber Rattlers won a game on a bases loaded walk was in 2007. 9/2/07 in the first game of a doubleheader and Calvin Beamon drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to force in Gavin Dickey with the run to beat Kane County.
The Timber Rattlers are back at .500 (17-17). They are in a 3-way tie with Peoria and Kane County for 4th place in the MWL Western Division. All three teams are three games behind second place Quad Cities. The Rattlers have three games left on this homestand…They play Quad Cities. Important series for the Rattlers