Series Finale – Postgame post for June 3, 2013
A stroke of the brush does not guarantee art from the bristles. – Ambassador Kosh
The Rattlers will be working on their bunt defense…a lot…the next time they are on the field for early work. There were three crucial errors on sacrifice bunt attempts by the Chiefs in the series. The mixup in the top of the first inning occurred when no one was covering first base. The mixup in the fourth occurred when there was miscommunication on who would get the ball. Then, the throw to first was hurried and wound up with an error.
I will take some of the blame for the balk. Nathan Baliva, the announcer for the Chiefs, and I were talking before the series started about how we hadn’t seen anyone try that bluff to third this season. Didn’t think that it would be a lefty that would do that.
In Wisconsin’s win against the Chiefs during this series, they had no errors. In their three losses against the Chiefs during this series, Wisconsin committed eight errors.
Peoria scored….calculating…..calculating…..22 runs with two outs during the four game series….22 out of 35 runs. I don’t know what that means…..but, I don’t think that it’s good.
Michael Reed reached base three times and doubled and stole a base and scored two runs. His average is up to .289. His OBP is up to .355. Oh, and his hitting streak is up to eight games (10-for-37).
Tyrone Taylor with a two-hit game…again. He’s tied with Reed for the most multi-hit games (13) on the 2013 Timber Rattlers squad.
Mike Garza with another triple. He’s got three this season.
Taylor Mangum with a 1-2-3 9th, including two strikeouts.
Welcome back to the lineup, Brent Dean! 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
The Rattlers went down swinging. Facing an 11-3 deficit in the bottom of the eighth, some teams would just say, “The HECK with this. There’s an off day tomorrow. Hit the showers and get out of here. That didn’t happen. I doubt if it will happen as long as Matt Erickson is in charge.