Energy and Persistence – Postgame Post for July 11, 2013

Energy and persistence conquer all things. – Benjamin Franklin

July 11 2013 011

Fort Wayne 3
Wisconsin 6
Boxscore | Game Story

There was a point in Thursday’s game where Leonard Lorenzo could have let the game get out of hand.  It was the fourth inning.  Luis Domoromo had just tripled with one out.  The TinCaps were up 3-2.  In the past few weeks, he has given up that run and more after it.  On Thursday, he struck out the next batter and got a grounder to short to strand Domoromo at third and keep the Rattlers within a run.  He was rewarded.

Tyler Roberts has discovered right field!  To describe Country as “pull-happy” over the past few seasons would be an understatement.  “Pull-only” may be more accurate.  On Wednesday, he had a sharp single to right.  On Thursday, he doubled down the line in right and singled up the first baseline to drive in the two runs that gave the Rattlers a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth.  He went 2-for-4 for the second game in a row and it was his fourth multi-hit game since joining the Rattlers at the start of the second half.

Harvey Martin is – according to the radar at the stadium – in the low 90’s with his fastball.  His command was a bit off in the first inning, but – thanks to Parker Berberet going to the plate on a slow chopper to first – managed to work a scoreless sixth inning despite two walks and a hit.

Jono Armold is also in the low 90s.  He got a fortunate bounce off his leg for the second out of the ninth inning and closed out the TinCaps for his third save of the season.  He has moved his scoreless innings streak to 8-1/3 innings over his last eight relief appearances.  He has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances (7-2/3 innings total).

Tyrone Taylor came in on a sinking liner to make a diving catch in the top of the fifth.  Three pitches later he raced back to the track to make another catch. He has become so much more confident in his routes.  Both were great catches.  It is so much fun to watch him play.

Alfredo Rodriguez with a line drive homer that was a homer because he hit it to the right spot of the field.  As I said on the air, distance wasn’t the problem.  The only question was if it would be high enough to clear the 8′ wall. See the result in the highlights below.

We have a nominee for at bat of the season.  Victor Roache. He was at the plate to lead off the fifth inning against Colin Rea.  Wisconsin was up 5-3.

  1. Foul (0-1)
  2. Swinging Strike (0-2)
  3. Foul (0-2)
  4. Ball (1-2)
  5. Foul (1-2)
  6. Foul (1-2)
  7. Foul (1-2)
  8. Foul (1-2)
  9. Ball (2-2)
  10. Foul (2-2)
  11. Ball (3-2)
  12. Foul (3-2)
  13. Foul (3-2)
  14. TRIPLE OFF THE WALL IN LEFT-CENTER

Sweet lord…This was beautiful.

Oh, and Victo Roache went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in this game.

Also, I have a new favorite Parker Berberet photo:

Photo by Ann Mollica

Got him at the plate!

Thursday’s Highlights:

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