Birthday Boys – Postgame Post for May 26, 2013
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? – Satchel Paige
Bus leaves for the ballpark at 9:15am on Monday morning. So, this will be brief.
Damien Magnifico = Efficient. Unofficially I had him at 68 pitches/49 strikes. The most pitches he threw in an inning were 15. Granted the Chiefs helped him. There was a seven pitch fifth inning, in which the first batter grounded out on a 1-2 pitch. The next batter swung at the first pitch and singled. The next batter swung at the first pitch and reached on an error. The next batter swung at the first pitch and grounded into a double play.
Magnifico had two strikeouts and walked none and is 5-0 on the season. Nice way to celebrate the first start after your birthday.
Said double play was of the 4-3 variety. It wasn’t just an offensive night for Alfredo Rodriguez. He made a nice place on the grounder near the base and decided to take the force himself and throw to first for the double play.
You want to talk about the offense? Line drive single in the fourth. Line drive homer in the sixth. Rodriguez has a 9-game hitting streak to match the longest streak on the team this season. Remember when Dusty Rhodes and I were talking about Rodriguez and his bad luck early in the season? That is turning around for him. Look at it this way: He’s 2-for-4 as a 23 year-old.
Max Walla walked twice, had a two-run triple, and scored three runs on Sunday. After the game, I jokingly asked him if he walked two times during the 2012 season. He thought I was serious. For the record he did walk 47 times in 101 games during the 2012 season. A lot of guys are happy when they leave Extended Spring Training. Max is ecstatic and making up for lost time. He is 3-for-7 with a double, a triple, four runs, a stolen base, and two RBI in two games.
In case you were wondering, the bunt by Tyrone Taylor in the third inning with runners at first and third with one out was a safety squeeze. It just didn’t work out on Sunday.
Heads up play by Mike Reed in the seventh. Taylor singled. Reed singled to send Taylor to third. The Chiefs brought the infield in with no outs and Walla at the plate. Reed saw that there was no way a middle infielder would be able to get back to cover second on a stolen base attempt. Reed swiped that base easily. He would score on the triple by Walla.
Leonard Lorenzo hadn’t appeared in a game since May 15. He looked a bit rusty in the bottom of the seventh. It was a little nerve-wracking to see the tying run at the plate in that inning. But, he made the pitch to get out of the inning. The unofficial tally for Lorenzo on Sunday was four broken bats. Unfortunately, one of those broken bats was the two-run single by Ildemaro Vargas in the seventh.
Series wraps on Memorial Day at 1:00pm. Then, the road trip continues to Beloit on Tuesday. Then, home on Friday.