The odyssey begins – postgame post for May 17, 2013
Each man delights in the work that suits him best. ― Homer, The Odyssey
In case you lost track during that long homestand, the win tonight is the sixth straight road victory for the Timber Rattlers – last two at Lansing (May 2 & 3), all three at Great Lakes (May 4-6), and May 17 at Burlington.
Great to see Alfredo Rodriguez get a couple of hits on Friday night. He has been putting together some quality at bats, but hitting balls right at defenders or having defensive gems turned against him. Not tonight. Two hits, a run, and two RBI.
Clint Coulter hit the ball hard three times and drew a walk on Friday. He’s starting to heat up a bit.
Oh, look! Two more Victor Roache walks. He keeps getting on base.
Ryan Gibbard is 3-0 in three starts this season. He has allowed three runs in 16-2/3 innings as a starter this season. Tonight, he mixed it up and when he really needed a strike he was getting the off speed stuff in for strikes. Granted five walks isn’t perfect, but he also got five strikeouts when he really needed them.
Keep in mind the plate umpire tonight was the same plate umpire from Sunday’s game that featured all four of the scheduled pitchers (Scoggins & Boyd for Burlington and Gibbard & Lopez for the Rattlers). Sundays game had 20 walks. This one had….thirteen. Better.
Speaking of better. Jorge Lopez struck out six over three innings – two in each frame of relief – and walked two. In two relief outings this year, he has allowed two runs over eight innings. Someone needs to convince him that it’s the 6th inning when he makes his next start…(Scheduled for 5/22 @Quad Cities)
It might sound unusual to bring the closer in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning with a three runs lead. But, a benefit of the tandems allows you to do exactly that. It may not have been a save on the stat sheet, but Taylor Wall keeps getting the job done. Tonight was his tenth relief appearance of the season. He has allowed no runs in eight of those outings.
Oh, and he has now inherited 13 base runners…He has allowed two of those 13 inherited runners to score.
One down, 12 more to go on this trip.