Hard to figure – Postgame post for May 19, 2013
Things are so hard to figure out when you live from day to day in this feverish and silly world. – Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll
The Timber Rattlers did something today that they hadn’t done since the game against the Bees on May 12. They scored first. That’s five straight games.
However, the Bees did something today that they have done in the last four meetings between the Timber Rattlers and the Bees. They scored in the first inning. They scored three runs in the first inning. They have outscored the Timber Rattlers 7-1 in the first inning over those four games. BUT, the Rattlers are 2-2 against the Bees despite digging those early holes.
Tyler Wagner gave up three runs in the first inning today. He had allowed three earned runs in his last 23 innings pitched before today. His control looked off in the first inning as he walked the leadoff batter on four pitches and it never got better. I am confident that Wagner will bounce back.
Mike Strong walked three and hit a batter in the sixth inning, yet he did not let in a run. It was a bit of a struggle at times, but he kept the Bees from scoring in three innings>
Martin Viramontes with two solid innings out of the bullpen. Looked like good velocity and good movement.
There were no RBI hits for the Timber Rattlers on Sunday. Here are how they scored their runs:
- 6-4-3 double play with runners on the corners and one out
- RBI grounder to second with a runner on third
- Runner scores from second on an infield single/throwing error
- Wild Pitch with a runner on third
This was the second loss in a row in which the Timber Rattlers outhit the Bees. They are just one big hit away from breaking things the right way for them.
This is something that you are getting used to hearing, “Orlando Arcia had a multi-hit game.” He singled and doubled.
Math? I LOVE MATH! Well, no I don’t but this one is for you inclined to see things through the prism of the Pythagorean Winning Percentage.
- The Timber Rattlers are 19-21 this season.
- The Timber Rattlers have been outscored 197-173 in 40 games
- Plug the appropriate numbers into the proper calculator
- The math says the Timber Rattlers should be 18-22
- The Timber Rattlers are outperforming MATH by one win
So, THAT’S something!
To leave you with a good feeling, Weiner Dog Race Day in Burlington:
The other eight were just enjoying their day at the stadium.