Hope and invention – Postgame post for July 25, 2013
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. – Tom Clancy
Tough night started with a 102-minute rain delay. The rain – and pretty severe rain at that – was out there and the front office didn’t want to take the chance of starting the game and having to stop the game. That would have burned the starting pitchers and it wouldn’t have been right. An impossible decision. Call it the “Kobayashi Maru”.
Eric Semmelhack had a tough night, too. He gave up eleven hits in five innings and a pair of long home runs. He’s given up 15 home runs in 94-1/3 innings pitched this season. And yet…he had opportunities to limit damage. Eight of the eleven hits he gave up came with two outs. Three of the five runs allowed came with two outs.
The offense was quiet most of the night. They did not have two runners on base in the same inning until the ninth.
Weird – and almost identical – plays involving Parker Berberet and Max Walla in the second and seventh innings. In both innings, Max struck out on a pitch in the dirt. Berberet took off for second and was out at second. It was not a caught stealing, but it was a strike-em out, throw-em out double play.
Rodolfo Fernandez had a good outing with three scoreless innings. He pitched around a one out error in the eighth to keep the score at 5-1.
Taylor Wall with another scoreless inning.
In the pennant race, Quad Cities (Lost); Peoria (Won); Burlington (Won). Rattlers tied with Burlington again at 4-1/2 games behind Quad Cities and 4 games behind Peoria.
Get them tomorrow.