“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations – Postgame Post for July 22, 2013
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Victor Roache Highlight #1: Three-run home run in the first. (HR #13)
Victor Roache Highlight #2: Grand slam (HR #14 – Michael and Toby from the office? Really, Dayton?)
Since the All-Star break, he’s felt like a different hitter and the results have reflected that. Thirty games into the second half, Roache has slugged eight homers with a .298 average and .908 OPS. Seven of those homers have come in July, when he’s hitting .321 with a 1.037 OPS in 20 games.
The difference for Roache has been pitch recognition, and those improvements have been driven by two factors.
“I think part of it is repetition,” he said. “I’m finally getting at-bats, and I’m feeling more confident in the box. I have an understanding of how the pitchers are pitching to me.
“I’ve also been tweaking my swing, keeping my front shoulder in and trying to land my front foot flat and square so I’m not spinning out with my front side. That’s allowed me to see the ball better and make more consistent swings.”
Go read it all.
To document the rest of his at plate appearances:
- Walked in the fourth with one out.
- Hit line drive about ankle high that the shortstop picked off the dirt in the seventh
- Was walked intentionally with one out in the ninth as the tying run
On the six games of the road trip Roache was 12-for-25 (.480) with four home runs, a double, and eleven RBI. He struck out seven times, but four of them came in that one game at Bowling Green.
Fans, you’re going to want to get out to the stadium and see if this hot streak continues on Wednesday.
Wisconsin goes 1-5 on the road trip. They could have easily gone 5-1. They were tied 2-2 in the to the bottom of the seventh at Bowling Green on July 17, led Bowling Green 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth on July 18, led Dayton 4-0 after the top of the first inning on July 21, and led Dayton 8-1 after the top of the second on July 22.
There were so many chances to end innings or limit the damage or just do something, anything to keep the Dragons from coming back on Monday night. But, it just didn’t happen. Three errors, a bases loaded walk, a bases loaded hit batsman, and a wild pitch to score the go ahead run. Also, the Rattlers didn’t have a hit from the second inning to the eighth inning. That’s just letting a team hang around to come back and get you in the end.
Kudos to Tyrone Taylor on a great throw to the plate to keep the Dragons from getting a fifth run in the eighth inning. He pegged out Winker at the plate to end the inning and kept the score at 10-9.
In the ninth they tying run was at third with two outs and Parker Berberet was at the plate…and…and…And this is how the game ended.
*sigh*….Are we home yet?