Missing pieces – Postgame post for July 12, 2013
A false move here, a stumble there
A box of letters and a lock of hair
That’s all that’s left when i turn out the light
I count the missing pieces every night –
John Hiatt, Missing Pieces
It’s late. This is going to be a little short, but I;ll try to be informative.
The Rattlers had chances. But, Holy Rawlings, the TinCaps make some plays that are tough to make in a normal situation and they made them with the game on the line. They were:
- Domoromo throwing out Garza at the plate to keep the Timber Rattlers from scoring the tying run in the bottom of the eighth
- Mallex Smith, who was playing deep in no doubles, raced into to make a great catch on Roberts for the first out of the bottom of the ninth.
- Domoromo made a great running catch back towards the left field corner to rob Taylor of a game winning hit in the ninth
- Smith, who was playing way over in right-center, sprinted to left-center to deny Williams of at least a double with one out in the tenth.
- Adamson charged in from right to make a sliding catch to keep Roberts from driving in the winning run in the tenth.
- Tyler Stubblefield made a stop on a wicked, slicing one-hopper from Taylor in the eleventh. If the ball gets by him, Rodriguez scores the winning run from second. Instead, Stubblefield turned it into an inning-ending double play.
As a wise man once said: They other guys get paid to make plays, too….I think it was William Tecumseh Sherman, but I couldn’t find the quote online. Like I said…it’s late.
The Timber Rattlers were hot about a couple of calls by the umpires in the game, too. Roache, a right-handed batter, was rung up on a close check swing by the base umpire, who is stationed on the infield grass between second and third with runners on first and second, for strike three and the final out of the ninth with the winning run in scoring position. The other pitch was the 3-2 pitch to Domoromo from Wall with the bases loaded in the top of the 13th that was called a ball and walked in the go ahead run. It was close….really, really close.
Max Walla 4-for-6. Second four hit game of the season for him.
Alfredo Rodriguez 3-for-6 with a perfect squeeze bunt.
Mike Strong may have given up a run in the first inning that he worked, but after that he went into shutdown mode. He received a nice hand from the crowd when he left in favor of Jono Armold with two outs in the top of the eleventh. Strong’s Line: 4-2/3 3H, R, BB, 5K.
In case you are looking at the play-by-play and wondering how the Rattlers got the last out of the top of the 13th. Here’s what happened: Fort Wayne had runners at the corners. Wall, a lefty, was on the hill and threw to first base on a pick off. The runner at third broke for the plate. Garza threw a strike to the plate and the out was recorded. The damage had been done, but it was a nice play.
The thing that really stings with the loss to the TinCaps on Friday was that Quad Cities, Clinton, and Peoria all lost. The River Bandits are now 12-8; Quad Cities and Clinton are now 10-11. A win by the Rattlers would have got them to 10-11; tied with Peoria and Clinton and 2-1/2 games behind the QC. Instead, they are 9-12 and exactly where they were when the games started on Friday. There are still 49 games left in this half, but this is a game that could stand out later in the half. Let’s hope not.
Lake County is in for three games from Saturday through Monday.