A consistent soul – Postgame Post for August 25, 2013
A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance. – Benjamin Disraeli
Rodolfo Fernandez. I thought about just leaving it at that, but he deserves a little more. The discussion about Fernandez starting or not starting came down to: Why should we start him? He throws strikes. Okay. He’s starting. He threw strikes. He mixed speeds. He mixed locations. He pitched to contact. He got fortunate.
For example, the first play in the highlights shows Marco Hernandez trying to stretch a double into a triple and being thrown out by a lot. You can see the ball sneak in over his head and pop into Mike Garza’s glove in plenty of time for the out. Great throw from the track by Tyrone Taylor and a great relay throw from Alfredo Rodriguez for the play at third.
Speaking of Alfredo Rodriguez, he singled in a run in the bottom of the third to put the Rattlers up 1-0. Did you know that he has driven in at least one run in five of his last six games? He has driven in the run that put the Rattlers in front in each of the last three games.
There was some confusion on a play in the top of the fifth inning. Oliver Zapata appeared to attempt a check swing on an 0-2 pitch in the top of the fifth inning. The pitch bounced off something and into the Timber Rattlers dugout. It looked like the plate umpire had asked for an appeal from the base umpire and Zapata got rung for tfor the third strike, but he would get to first base on the wild pitch after strike three. I was confused because no one on the Rattlers had time to ask for an appeal and the plate umpire should have someone ask him for an appeal. It turns out that Zapata was hit by a pitch was being awarded first base by the plate umpire.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what the call was, Zapata got on base somehow and stayed there.
The Fernandez Scoreless streak reached 22-2/3 innings before he surrendered an RBI double to Wilson Contreras with two outs in the third. That cut the lead to 2-1. Watch for the play in the highlights from Orlando Arcia to end the sixth inning. Wow.
Looking at my scorebook, I’m trying to figure out where things escalated to the point where a warning needed to be issued after Parker Berberet got hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Best I can tell it went like this:
Leadoff batter Zapata hit by Fernandez in the top of the fifth on an 0-2 pitch
Leadoff batter Dustin Houle hit by pitch in the bottom of the fifth on a 1-2 pitch
Houle tries to score from third on grounder to second by crashing into Escobar at the plate. Out.
Leadoff batter Gioskar Amaya hit by Fernandez in the top of the sixth on a 2-0 pitch
Roache at first. Garza strikes out. KC Pitching coach makes brief visit to mound. Peralta hits Berberet with the first pitch.
So, Kane County brings in the lefty to face Walla and Max doubles in Roache for the insurance run.
That’s the best revenge, right?
Mike Strong threw strikes. Yes. He gave up a leadoff double in the seventh and a couple of hits in the eighth. But, he struck out five, didn’t walk a batter, didn’t allow a run, and picked up the save.
Clinton lost. Peoria lost. The math is still tough for the Rattlers. But, three games behind Clinton with eight games left sounds better than four games back or five games back with eight to play..
As the great Tug McGraw once said, “Ya Gotta Believe!”