A game of chess – Postgame post for August 8, 2013
I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. ― Søren Kierkegaard
I’m going to leadoff with this stat about Peoria starting pitcher Silfredo Garcia. He pitched nine innings. He threw 87 pitches. He threw 70 strikes. That’s Incredible.
I don’t know how much more I can add that isn’t in the game story. Both teams had chances. Both teams made mistakes. Both teams covered those mistakes with double plays.
Tyrone Taylor got back into the lineup for the first time since July 29. He had a walk, a strikeout, a single, and an outfield assist (the base runner should probably get an assist for tripping). There was also play where he broke back on a ball that dropped in shallow center, but overall it was a nice return to action for Taylor.
The Rattlers did try to a hit-and-run with Taylor on base in the fifth inning. He took off, Michael Reed hit a line drive….right at the shortstop. Taylor was doubled off first to end the inning. Wisconsin hit into three inning-ending double plays. Twice that happened with two runners on base.
I talked with Dusty Rhodes a bit about THE play of the game after we got off the bus back at the hotel. THE play would be Breyvic Valera stealing second with the Rattlers leading 1-0 on a 3-2 count and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning….Think about that for a minute…Is that even possible?…Apparently it is.
Valera, who was not being held on at first base with the 3-2 count and two outs, took a walking lead away from first. Gibbard was in his stretch and no one said anything. Valera picked up speed and was close to second when Gibbard stepped off the rubber. There was no one to throw to at second.
I’ve been saying this a lot this season, but….It was the damndest thing I ever saw.
Of course the next pitch was struck for a single to right and the game was tied 1-1.
And it stayed tied unto the bottom of the tenth.
In the end, the Chiefs got the play to win it and the Rattlers are five games behind the Chiefs for the Wild Card.
Get ‘em tomorrow….and try to stay away from the Kierkegaard tonight.
Chiefs Highlights – with bonus Price Check Game: