We have met the enemy – Postgame post for July 24, 2013
We have met the enemy and they are ours. – Oliver Hazard Perry
Preston Gainey gave up a first inning single, walked three, and struck out one in seven innings. Pitch to contact indeed!
Clinton did help him out a few times. He was 3-0 about five times…maybe six. Twice a LumberKing took a swing on the 3-0 pitch. A couple of times he cam back to get the batter on a 3-2 pitch.
His defense helped him out a few times. Alfredo Rodriguez made a great play on the first batter of the game. Gainey snared a liner up the middle for an out in the third. Rodriguez grabbed a liner and turned it into a double play in the sixth. Orlando Arcia made a nice grab of a line drive in the second.
Side note: Those first three defensive plays mentioned in the last paragraph were made against Jamodrick McGruder, the leadoff batter for the LumberKings. McGruder is now 0-for-22 in nine games for Clinton. Dude.
In all, Gainey made 82 pitches (44 strikes) to set his professional high for innings pitches in a game. I’ll let him tell you about it in the MiLB.com story linked up top.
“I’ve been focusing a lot on my mental approach to pitching, just kind of relaxing,” he said. “A lot of times, I catch myself trying to do too much. I overpitch, almost, and try to be too perfect. Tonight, I was relaxed and throwing the ball over the plate.”
Pitch to contact.
The team is hitting .304 and has scored thirty – 30 – runs in the last give games. The team batting average is up another point to .257. Keep climbing up that hill.
The best thing about Monday’s game was that Wisconsin scored early and kept adding on to that lead. There was no sitting on the lead like those games in Dayton.
Tyrone Taylor was hit by pitches twice in this game. That makes a total of 12 times this season.
Pssssst….Max Walla walked twice on Wednesday. He doubled once and scored three runs.
Let’s just focus in on the Wild Card part of the pennant chase for the Timber Rattlers tonight. Peoria beat Cedar Rapids 8-7 in ten innings; Burlington lost to Quad Cities; and Kane County lost to Beloit.
- Peoria: 16-15 (–)
- Clinton: 14-17 (-2.0)
- Wisconsin: 13-18 (-3.0)
- Burlington: 12-19 (-4.0)
- Kane County: 7-23 (-8.5)
Still some work to do. It starts on Thursday.