Aggression – Postgame post for August 12, 2013
We can only win by giving everything and being ready to defeat the adversary with fiery aggression. – Jurgen Klinsmann
A few words about Austin Ross on his 25th birthday. The only walk he allowed was on a close 3-2 pitch to Carlos Correa in the fourth inning. The only hit he allowed was a one-out single in the sixth. Ross was sharp, kept his pitch count low, and threw strikes. In his longest outing since Tommy John Surgery last May, he was Austin Ross again.
I’ve been holding off on posting because MiLB.com called to talk to Ross and get some quotes. and the article isn’t online yet – and the internet has been horrible on the bus – but, mostly because the article isn’t online yet. Check their website or their twitter feed to see when it is posted.
UPDATE from MiLB.com story:
“It feels unbelievable [to be back]. My velocity’s back to where it was, my stuff’s where it was. The past couple weeks, it’s all fallen together for me. Before that I would show flashes for an inning or two and then go back for an inning and it wouldn’t be there, there were peaks and valleys. Finally a couple weeks ago, I felt like I could put it together for a whole game,” Ross said.
Sometimes the aggressive approach is the best approach. The Timber Rattlers were facing Mark Appel, the #1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, in Monday’s game. Six Rattlers faced him in the fourth inning. Appel threw a total of eight pitches. Five of the players swung at the first pitch for a hit. Orlando Arcia worked the count all the way to 1-1 before he had a sacrifice fly.
The aggressive approach was the approach that worked for the Timber Rattlers. It was an approach that worked.
Alfredo Rodriguez went 4-for-5, scored three runs, drove in one, and is on a ten-game hitting streak (14-for-41).
Tyrone Taylor, Michael Reed, and Mike Garza each had a multi-hit game. Taylor (32), Reed (36), and Garza (31) are tops on the team with games of two or more hits. Taylor (.284), Reed (.304), and Garza (.292) are tops on the team in batting average, too.
Taylor got a workout in center. He ran down flyballs in right-center, left-center, going back to the track, and charging in to make the play. Back on track.
Did you happen to notice that the Timber Rattlers defense only committed two errors on the entire road trip? Both errors were in Sunday’s game.
I mentioned this in the game story, but it is worth repeating here. By taking two of three from Quad Cities, the Timber Rattlers won their first road series of the second half. They had been 0-6-1 in the second half. Now they are 1-6-1.
Also, Peoria lost on Monday night at Clinton. Peoria still holds the second half Western Division Wild Card by a game over Clinton and by three over Wisconsin.
Everyone has an off day on Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, Clinton hosts Quad Cities in a three-game series and the Rattlers host Peoria in a three-game series. There are 20 games left in the regular season. Get on out to the stadium.