A Tale of Two Games – Postgame post for May 31, 2013
Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph. ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
It was the best of times (Rattlers up 5-1 after the fifth inning). It was the worst of times (Peoria scores ten runs over their final four innings to beat the Rattlers 11-5).
Damien Magnifico racked up the pitch count – 90 in 5 innings. Five of his six strikeouts came on 3-2 pitches. But, he still looked good, went after hitters, and was in line for his sixth win of the season.
The Rattlers missed an opportunity to score some runs in the early. In the first innings, they had first and third with one out. In the second inning, they had second and third with no outs. They did not score in either inning.
Victor Roache reached base four times on Friday. A catcher’s interference in the second, a double in the fourth, a homer in the fifth, and a hit batsman in the seventh. That was the second time he’s reached on catcher’s interference this season. The double was scalded down the third base line. The homer was a high towering drive to left that cleared the wall for his sixth homer of the season. Roache now leads the Rattlers in homers.
Adam Giacalone had his tenth double of the season and a single for a multi-hit game. He’s hitting the ball well and starting to get some of those hard hit balls to fall in for hits.
Any one of the following three things could have led to Peoria’s comeback:
- They scored six unearned runs
- The scored eight runs with two outs
- They were 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position
Wisconsin’s pitchers made good pitches that turned into these slow grounders off the bat of the Peoria hitters that turned into hits or runs. Let’s look at that eighth inning rally that tied the game.
- Leadoff walk
- Slow roller to short for an infield single
- Sacrifice bunt
- Slow grounder to third. Throw home off target. That ties the game
That’s the tying run scoring without the ball leaving the infield. The leadoff walk did Rodolfo Fernandez no favors, but those two dribblers led to the first run and eventually two more as Jacob Wilson singled for two RBI later in the frame.
Get ’em tomorrow. Game time is 6:35pm.