Yard work – Postgame post for May 14, 2013
You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation – Roger Maris
First things first. Watch the home run by Haniger in the highlights. Look for where the pitch is and how far out in front Haniger is,but he still manages to get a good swing on the ball to hit his fourth home run of the season.
Parker Berberet went down the first base line. The River Bandits were not expecting him to go that way. That allowed Chris McFarland to race all the way home from first base.
I believe that my exact words before the Roache home run were: The outfield is playing him very deep <CRACK!> It doesn’t matter! Listen for it on the highlights.
From now on when I hear Roache make contact, I am thinking of Walt Simonson’s sound effects from Thor.
As in: Here’s the 1-0 pitch to Roache….
Tyler Wagner extended his scoreless streak to 12-1/3 innings. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 21-1/3 innings pitched.
Tyler Wagner’s first two outings: 8IP, 8BB, 3K
Tyler Wagner’s last five outings: 26IP, 3BB, 29K
Tempting fate again, Orlando Arcia has not struck out in his last 31 plate appearances. That includes 11 2-strike counts.
Tyrone Taylor and Michael Reed both extended their hitting streaks to eight games on Tuesday. Reed is 13-for-28 and Taylor is 9-for-31 during the streak.
There are still some things that need to be sorted out by the defense. There was a missed opportunity for a scoreless first inning, but the inning ending double play didn’t get turned. They gave too many outs to Quad Cities in that second inning and there were some missed cutoffs on throws.
The Rattlers are above .500 for the first time since they were 2-1. Plus, they are tied with Peoria (18-17) for 4th place and just two games behind Beloit and Quad Cities (Tied for 2nd at 21-16).