Present Grief – Postgame post for August 14, 2013
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. – Aeschylus
Preston Gainey with a very good start. He pitched around a few jams and allowed one run over six innings. He made 77 pitches and threw 54 strikes. That’s one of his best ratios of the season and he struck out seven to set a single game high as a professional for strikeouts in a game.
Orlando Arcia’s home run was a line drive to left-center. It was well struck and it was his first homer at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
There were two plays involving Max Walla that I want to talk about in this post.
#1. Max was up with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. There were runners at second and third. He hit a line drive to center field that I thought was going to drop for a two-run single. But, the ball carried to McElroy in center for the final out.
#2. I wrote about this play in the game story, but we’ll add this to the Damndest Thing I Ever Saw list. Infield single up the middle with one out in the sixth. It probably should have gone through, but Herrera, the shortstop, made a great stop…followed by an ill-advised throw. The throw was wild and Walla broke for second. BUT, the ball hit off something that wasn’t padded. It rebounded right to where Perry, the Peoria pitcher, was standing. Perry turned to throw to second and THREE Peoria infielders were there to take the throw. It was the THIRD BASEMAN who took the throw on the bag and tagged out Walla for the out. DTIES.
Right before Walla’s adventure in the sixth, Victor Roache hit a screaming, one-hop shot that was ticketed for the corner in left. But, Ildemaro Vargas – the aforementioned third baseman – made a diving stop and denied Roache to get the out.
The Timber Rattlers and Peoria Chiefs have played five extra inning games this season. Wisconsin is 1-4 in those games with Peoria that go past regulation. The Rattlers are 5-10 against the Chiefs this season. The Chiefs have outscored the Rattlers 74-48, BUT
Peoria’s Margin of Victory in their ten wins:
4 or more: 5
Wisconsin’s Margin of Victory in their five wins:
4 or more: 0
So….yeah…10 of the 15 games in this series have been decided by three or fewer runs.
Get ‘em tomorrow.