Writing it out – Postgame post for May 28, 2013
Everybody has to write out of rage sometimes. – Amy Clampitt
I had a brief chat with manager Matt Erickson after the game tonight. I think both of us were calm enough to discuss things rationally. So, here goes:
Clint Coulter was taken out as a precautionary measure. That’s all I was told. He did have two more hits on two hard hit balls to claw his way above .200.
The grounds keeper was updating the umpires on the progress of the storm during every inning break. If they knew it was going to rain that early in the bottom of the 5th, it should NOT have started. OPINION: It was WRONG that the bottom of the fifth inning even started.
It was especially wrong to start that inning after Jorge Lopez came into the game. He throws four pitches and – if that game had been restarted – there is no way he could have gone back out there.
BUT and there are some really big ones that Matt brought up during our chat. In order:
- The umpires, the weather, and the grounds crew didn’t fail to push more runs across the plate with runners at second and third with one out in the top of the fourth.
- The umpires, the weather, and the grounds crew didn’t misplay a two out grounder in the bottom of the fourth inning that let the Snappers tie the game.
- The umpires, the weather, and the grounds crew weren’t the ones who didn’t score with runners at second and third and one out in the top of the fifth.
- The umpires, the weather, and the grounds crew weren’t the ones who gave up a home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth.
Orlando Arcia had two hard hit balls for a double and a single. He drove in two runs – both with two outs. Arcia has his batting average up to .255 now.
You read that right. Mike Garza hit the umpire with a throw to first. It looked like he was going to go to second for the base umpire got in position for a play there. Garza changed his mind and first to first…and hit the umpire. Maybe there was something in the air tonight.
Matt did tell a brief story about when he hit an umpire in a 2001 World Cup game when he played for Team USA. He made a play at short faked to first and came back to third with a throw to get a runner who had rounded third base too far. The umpire bought the fake, too. Matt said that he hit him in the side of the head.
So….it does happen.
This wasn’t even the worst rain-shortened loss in Timber Rattlers history. That “honor” goes to May 17, 2006 at Kane County. The Timber Rattlers trailed Kane County 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning during a day game. It started to rain and play was halted. The tarp went on the field and it rained, but it looked like it was going to stop and the game would restart. The front office of the Cougars CONVINCED the umpires that this MONSTER thunderstorm was just five minutes away and for everyone’s safety, the game HAD to be called.
The umpires called the game.
Five minutes later the Sun was out. The Sun was still out thirty minutes later as the team got on the bus to head back to the hotel. The SUN WAS STILL OUT 45 minutes later when we pulled into the team hotel.
THAT is still the Undefeated Champion for the worst rain-shortened lost in Timber Rattlers history.
That one still gets me going, in case you couldn’t tell.
Gotta run. 8am bus to the ballpark in the morning. Miles to go before I sleep.