The struggle itself – Postgame Post for August 7, 2013

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. – Albert Camus

There's going to be a play at the plate....

There’s going to be a play at the plate….

Wisconsin 1
Peoria 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Now, it’s four games back.

The Chiefs highlights package has a lot of plays that I wanted to talk about in this post. Notably, the play at the plate as Chris McFarland tried to score on the grounder to second with the infield in during the top of the fifth inning. Just a good play all around: McFarland trying to score the go ahead run, Caldwell going to his right and setting to throw on target to the plate, Keener holding onto the ball.

Also, the diving play by the shortstop Herrera to turn the inning ending double play in the seventh. Damn.

Compare & Contrast:
The Rattlers were 1-for-3 in stolen base attempts on Wednesday. Peoria was 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

The Rattlers got their leadoff man on base six times (in nine innings) and scored him once. Peoria got their leadoff man on base six times (in eight innings) and scored him three times.

Positives:
Austin Ross looked really good on Wednesday. No walks, four innings, one strikeout. Plus, he pitched around that leadoff triple in the bottom of the third without allowing a run. Progressing along nicely.

Michael Reed had two more hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Reed has 35 games with two or more hits this season. His average is up to .313, which is good for 7th in the MWL batting race.

Orlando Arcia was 1-for-3 with a single, a stolen base, and a run scored. He stung the ball in all three at bats. Plus, he turned a pair of 6-3 double plays in the field.

Speaking of the field, the Rattlers played another error-free game. Error-free in that there were no errors charged. Max Walla looked pretty upset with himself for missing the cutoff man on the play that scored the third Peoria run of the night. Fortunately, that runner moving up to second base didn’t score. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of the game.

Did you know….Chris McFarland has 23 extra-base hits (12 doubles, 8 triples, and three homers) with 42 RBI over 75 games?

Get ‘em Thursday.  Gotta get ‘em Thursday.

Peoria Highlights:

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