While you see a chance take it – Postgame post for August 23, 2013
When there’s no one left to leave you
Even you don’t quite believe you
That’s when nothing can deceive you
While you see a chance, take it – Steve Winwood
Parker Berberet missed a home run by about three feet. Not by distance. He had plenty of pop in his bat in the top of the fifth. The ball hit off the 16′ high wall. If he pulled it about three feet to the left, the ball is gone and he’s got a home run. In the end it didn’t matter.
Adrian Williams with an important plate appearance in the fifth inning. He was down 1-2 in the count, fouled off a two-strike pitch, worked the count full, and drew a walk to extend the inning.
That brought Alfredo Rodriguez to the plate. He doubled on a 1-2 pitch to knock in Berberet for the first – and only – run of the game.
Austin Ross with five more scoreless innings with the velocity in the low 90’s. The only walks he gave up were to Dario Pizzano, the bane of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He struck out five and got out of both jams he was in by getting a double play and a strikeout. Outstanding.
Alan Williams is with the Timber Rattlers as he is working his way back. He looked good, allowed two hits, and was aided on a great running catch by Tyrone Taylor with two outs in the bottom of the eighth after Pizzano doubled just out of the reach of Taylor moments earlier.
The No Doubles Defense Worked! Mike Garza was guarding the line and behind the bag at third base in the bottom of the ninth. Marcus Littlewood pulled a hard grounder…right to where Garza was playing him. How many times have you seen that grounder go right to where the third baseman would normally be playing? More often than not it seems like. But not this day. Not this time.
Taylor Wall got that out and struck out the next two batters for a 1-2-3 ninth, his seventh save, and another scoreless inning for him. That runs his scoreless streak to 10-1/3 innings. That’s the entire month of August without allowing a run. He’s also walked one, struck out ten, and allowed seven hits in those 10-1/3 innings. In his last ten games, that’s 17 innings and one run with three walks and 17 strikeouts.
Peoria lost 3-0 to Burlington. Clinton’s lead over Peoria for the Wild Card is three games. Their lead over the Timber Rattlers is four games. There are ten games remaining in the regular season.
The next four games are:
Clinton at Beloit
Peoria at Cedar Rapids
Kane County at Wisconsin
The three games after that are:
Quad Cities at Wisconsin
Clinton at Peoria
The math is still against the Timber Rattlers, but it is not impossiblePost.
If they go 9-1 over the last ten games to get to 36-34, Clinton would need to go 4-6 to finish 35-35. Peoria could go 7-3 to finish at 35-35.
If they go 8-2 over the last ten games to get to 35-25, Clinton would need to go 3-7 to finish 34-36 and Peoria could go 6-4 to finish at 34-36.
The Rattlers cannot finish in a tie with either Clinton or Peoria. Both opponents have the tie-breaker on Wisconsin. They must be a game up on both of them.
Keep it going on Saturday night.