Not the night – Postgame Post for June 1, 2013
No man’s error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it. – Thomas Hobbes
Great job by the Timber Rattlers grounds crew and front office staff. They got the tarp on the field just before the sky opened and dropped an incredible amount of water in a short amount of time. Then, everybody worked to get the diamond ready to play. Teamwork by the front office to get this game in and keep the crowd entertained during the almost ninety minute delay from the scheduled start of the game to the actual start of the game.
The Rattlers really let a chance go by to score a run in the first inning. First and third with no outs. No runs.
There was a feeling of deja vu in the fifth inning. Austin Blaski threw the ball away to third base on a sacrifice bunt. A good throw gets the out. But, two runs scored on the play. Blaski committed the same error twice in a game against the Quad Cities River Bandits on May 16.
This one’s for some of you. The Chiefs had runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth. Their 4, 5, & 6 hitters all bunted. The two runs scored on the throwing error. The next batter struck out when he fouled off a bunt with two strikes. The next batter popped the bunt out to Blaski on the mound.
Speaking of three in a row, Peoria scored three runs on three straight two out singles in the sixth inning to push their lead out to 5-1. The Chiefs have scored 19 runs in this series. Thirteen of those runs have come with two outs.
Michael Reed extended his current hitting streak to six games with his single in the first.
Max Walla has six hits since returning to the Timber Rattlers. He has two doubles and a triple out of those three hits.
There were a couple of plays tonight where I was at a loss for words. Runners at first and second with two outs in the fifth inning. They already had three runs in and Blaski was trying to get out of the inning. Charlie Tilson sent a grounder to short. Arcia looked to third. Then, looked to second. The, looked to first. He never threw the ball and Tilson reached on a fielder’s choice.
The dropped popup in the sixth came on the last pitch that Blaski made and should have got him out of the inning. was … I don’t know. Mike Garza charged down from third base and was maybe 25 feet from the plate. The ball went into and out of his glove. The runner scored from second. That was the second straight two out error in that inning.
It was a frustrating evening all around for the Rattlers. Five walks, four errors, a hit batsman, and an 0-for-7 night with runners in scoring position.
Get ’em tomorrow.