Hurt – Postgame post for July 14, 2013
I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real –
Hurt, Johnny Cash version
Logan Vick had two of the three hits off Jorge Lopez on Sunday. Both came on two strike pitches. The first, a looper to center, was not hit hard. The second would have been a home run had it been hit about four feet to the left. Vick’s seventh inning double hit off the 16′ high batter’s eye in center. A little bit to the left and it’s in the Lake County bullpen for a home run.
But, that’s just nitpicking at the start by Jorge Lopez. It was his second start to reach in which he pitched a total of seven innings. He has seven quality starts in his last nine outings. This is the second time he has allowed one run in a start and wound up with a no decision. His development from start-to-start has been fun to watch.
Taylor Mangum with a tough ninth inning…a tough outing really. He had retired 19 straight batters over two appearances coming into Sunday’s game. It reached 20 when he got the first out of the eighth. Not sure what happened in the ninth. The home run really didn’t matter because the lead was still 3-2. But, a single and an RBI double tied the game. Then, a double up the first base line gave the Captains the lead.
About that play that gave Lake County the lead. I saw the ball hit the line about 20 feet in front of the first base bag. Then, I checked the plate umpire for the call. He ruled it fair. I checked the replay and you could see Mangum pointing foul. Matt Erickson came out to talk about the play for a long time. Not an animated argument, but just a discussion with the plate umpire. Remember, on a play like that, it’s a fair ball of if the ball crosses the base…even if the ball lands in foul territory.
Just a reminder. The plate umpire on Sunday was the plate umpire on Friday when that close 3-2 pitch went for ball for to let the TinCaps score the go ahead run. Just something to file away for later.
Victor Roache had another rough day in the field. Two errors in left field as he had trouble picking up base hits to his backhand. The second error was on the double by Eric Haase. That error sent the go ahead run to third instead of holding Haase at second base. He has four errors in left over the last two games.
Victor Roache also destroyed another baseball. It was his tenth home run of the season, his third since last Monday, and his second in as many days. I thought that he would cash in his chance in the ninth when he was at the plate with two outs as the winning run. But, it wasn’t to be for him. There will be another shot later this season and he will take advantage.
Garrett Cooper had a little more time to get into game preparation. Yesterday, he spent most of the day traveling from Montana to Appleton and I’m just guessing that had a factor in his 0-for-5 debut on Saturday. On Sunday, he drew a walk and singled through the right side of the infield to go 1-for-2. We’ll see how this goes.
A few extra runs would have been good, but the Rattlers had one hit after the Parker Berberet home run in the fifth. That would be the single by Walla with one out in the ninth.
Clinton won again on Sunday. Peoria won, too. The Rattlers now trail Clinton by two games for the Wild Card and they are behind Peoria by a game.
Johnny Hellweg gets the start for the Timber Rattlers on Monday afternoon at 12:05pm. The last time Hellweg pitched at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium was August 16, 2010 when he was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He tossed two innings, allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out three. In that game, Hellweg pitched the eighth inning with the Rattlers leading 10-7, the Kernels scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to take an 11-10 lead, and Hellweg pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to slam the door.
Get the Captains tomorrow.