A very satisfying thump – Postgame post for June 2, 2013
They were the bad guys, as you say, we were the good guys. And they made a very satisfying thump when they hit the floor. – G’Kar, Babylon 5; A Late Delivery from Avalon
Once Jorge Lopez got locked in after the second inning he was the pitcher that threw the six no-hit innings at Quad Cities during the road trip. He had movement and pitched with confidence. The only difference was that he threw a lot more strikes. He had 92 pitches/59 strikes over six innings.
The only issue he had was getting out of the second inning. He gave up the two out RBI single to Kelly that put the Chiefs up 1-0. Then, he gave up a single to Nick Martini (.165) and walked Gerwuins Velazquez (.154) to load the bases before Breyvic Valera singled on a 2-0 pitch to send in two runs for a 3-0 deficit.
To be fair, the RBI single by Kelly to start the scoring for the Chiefs was a dying quail in right that Michael Reed made a great diving attempt to make the catch. The ball was in his glove, but bounced out when he hit the turf.
Very impressive third inning for the Timber Rattlers as they sent eleven men to the plate and scored six times. Everybody hit the ball hard in that inning.
Chris McFarland with a breakout kind of day on Sunday. Singled in the run in the second with a sinking line drive to left. The triple to right was fun to watch. He also made a bid for another extra base hit in the fifth inning, but a Martini made a fine running catch near the corner.
Michael Reed extended his current hitting streak to seven games with his double in the third inning. Make of the following streaks what you will. According to the stats, Reed has a 23-game on base streak, a run that started May 6. He has also reached base in 21 consecutive home games dating back to April 13.
Tyrone Taylor was on base four times today. He singled twice (Multi-hit game #12 for him) and walked twice.
Rattlers manager Matt Erickson has to be happy with the win. But, I am just going to guess that he was most pleased with an error-free performance by his defense. After six errors in the first two games of the series against the Chiefs, the goose egg in the ‘E’ column made today even better.