All that is not gold – Postgame post for June 26, 203
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. – Leo Tolstoy
I touched on the positives in the game story, but I’ll add a little bit to each.
Tyrone Taylor reaches double digits with his hitting streak now at ten games. He is 19-for-36 (.528) in his last ten games. June numbers: 21 games 36-for-79 (.456) with an OPS of 1.185. Plus, with his RBI on Wednesday, he’s reached 30 RBI for the season.
Victor Roache with another three-hit night. It was ridiculous how hard he hit his singles tonight. He is 10-for-26 (.385) in the second half.
THE Mike Strong is another player starting to find the range. Let’s go back to May 14. On that day, Strong made the start against Quad Cities and allowed 7 runs – 6 earned – over four innings. His ERA went to 4.18. Since that game, Strong has made seven appearances and has allowed five runs – two earned – over 20-1/3 innings pitched. That’s 0.89ERA. His K:BB over those 20-1/3 innings is 20:10.
Max Walla’s first start at first base. Well, two errors. One was on a throw as he cut off a throw from the outfield and tried to get the runner at second. It wasn’t a horrible throw. It was just off by enough to not be catchable. The other happened like this: He was playing in with runners at second and third with no outs. He charged a grounder and went to throw home, but the runner was not running on contact. Max saw this and tried to change direction and catch the runner at first, but the slight bobble was enough to get the runner to first and load the bases. Fortunately, Strong got out of that bases loaded no out situation.
Walla did put his outfield experience to use in the fifth inning. He charged from first as he was holding a runner on the bag. A high pop up allowed Walla to race to catch the ball near the Rattlers on deck circle at the home plate end of the dugout for the catch. He had a better angle to make the play and he made it.
Orlando Arcia hit a line drive home run to left center. It was his second of the season and there was no doubt. He also drew another walk without striking out. He has walked 25 times and struck out 22 times this season.
Do you want to know the difference between starting a half 5-1 and starting a half 0-6?
Look at the picture up top. Clinton had runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the first. The ball off the bat of Taylor Ard would just make it over the the glove of third baseman Mike Garza to drive in a pair of runs.
Fast forward to the ninth inning. There are two outs with runners at first and second. The Rattlers have the tying run at the plate and Garza sends a liner for right-center. But, Tim Lopes makes a leaping grab to catch the ball and end the game.