Never give up! Never surrender! – Postgame Post for August 17, 2013
“Never give up! Never surrender!” – Galaxy Quest
Orlando Arcia with his second three-hit game in the last three games. He is on a five game hitting streak (9-for-22, .409) with two homers, three RBI, and seven runs scored. Plus, there was a play…there’s always a defensive play. He made a sliding stop on a grounder deep in the hole, spun, and fired a strike to first to get the runner. Granted it was the catcher, but it was an important out to start the top of the fifth right after the Timber Rattlers took a 6-2 lead in the top of the inning.
Alfredo Rodriguez, by the way, was back in the leadoff spot on Saturday night. He was 0-for-2, but drew three walks, scored two runs, and stole a base. His numbers in 44 games as a leadoff hitter this season: .272/.382/.325 with 30 walks.
Jorge Lopez pitched around a couple of miscues and limited damage. Plus, he had some bad luck in the fourth inning as he broke a couple of bats that wound up as hits. He wasn’t efficient (93 pitches/51 strikes) in five innings, but he was effective…if that makes any sense. Despite four walks, he only allowed three hits. Plus, the only runs that scored against him were on a double play ball and a fielder’s choice.
The Rattlers had a pair of hit-and-run plays work out just like you draw them up…one even better…and both came in the fifth inning.
The first was Alfredo Rodriguez running with Arcia at the plate. Arcia lined a ball right through the space vacated by the second baseman. That put runners at the corners and led to the first run of the four run inning.
The second was with Victor Roache at first and Max Walla at the plate. Roache took off and Walla lined a ball right through the space vacated by the shortstop. The ball skipped to the wall for a double and Roache scored the final run of the inning for a 6-2 lead.
In the words of Hannibal Smith: I love it when a plan comes together.
Hobbs Johnson struck out three in the sixth. He walked three in the seventh. Then, he got a huge double play with to end the seventh inning to keep the Rattlers up 6-2.
Jono Armold bounced back in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning after giving up a pair of runs in the eighth. It was good.
Playoff chase….Quad Cities, Clinton, and Peoria all lost. The Rattlers are three games behind Clinton and Peoria for the Wild Card and 6-1/2 behind Quad Cities for the division. There are 16 games remaining in the regular season.
Get ‘em again tomorrow.