The best defense – Postgame post for July 27, 2013
The best defense is a good offense – Sun Tzu….or someone like that.
The Rattlers had six errors on Saturday night. It was not pretty. But, Jorge Lopez and Taylor Mangum dealt with it and picked up their teammates.
For example: It’s the top of the third inning. Pedro Toribio has just doubled with two outs to drive in the run that made the score 3-1. Wade Hinkle reaches on the first of two errors by Orlando Arcia. That puts the tying runs on base. Lopez froze the next batter for strike three to get out of the inning and the Rattlers lead was still 3-1.
In the past we’ve seen the opponents start to build on that error and it starts pouring like an avalanche; coming down the mountain.
But, NOT TONIGHT!
Wisconsin had that lead thanks to Victor Roache. Take a look at the home run in the highlights. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS! There was no doubt about it.
He also had two singles, a walk, two runs, and a total of three RBI. After he scuffled a bit in the Clinton series, this was a big performance by Roache. Home Run Tracker at 15. RBI Tracker at 57.
The walk, by the way, was a 4-pitch walk and the Burlington pitcher wanted nothing to do with Roache in that at bat. There were two outs and none on when Roache walked. Then, Mike Garza walked on four pitches. Then, Garrett Cooper tripled to right-center and the Rattlers were up 5-1.
Cooper had three of hard hit balls for a double, a triple, and three RBI. The other hard hit ball was a 5-3 double play with the bases loaded an no outs to get a run home from third. Great to see him back in the lineup.
Parker Berberet extended his hitting streak to 11-games with his two-run home run in the fifth. That’s the second longest hitting streak on the team this season.
Get ’em again tomorrow.
July 27, 2013 Highlights: