More than one night – Postgame post for September 1, 2013
Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’.
Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night. – Charlie Brown
Writing and posting from the smart phone due to internet issues.
JUST UPDATED at 11pm
Michael Reed was 3-for-3 with two triples and a double in his first three at bats on Sunday. He was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his last three at bats. Weird day.
Joe Krehbiel is the devil. At least against Wisconsin. He has pitched 9-1/3 innings against the Rattlers this year. He has allowed one hit and no runs. That’s ridiculous.
Jorge Lopez with a nice final outing of the season. The only run he allowed came after he had two outs and none on in the second. Two walks and a single loaded the bases. I don’t have the stats in front of me, but Lopez seems to get in that situation – giving up a run or two after two outs and none on – a lot.
Hobbs Johnson was touched for an unearned run, but struck out two more without a walk over two innings.
I was as surprised as you were when Taylor Wall gave up the lead. Dude did NOT give up a run in the month of August. The two-out, two-strike hit by Angel Rosa was terrible. Bad swing, weak chopper, and it was it to the exact spot he needed it to go to extend the game.
Get this. Sandy Martinez is a catcher for the Bees. He was called into the lineup as a second baseman after Wendell Soto botched a double play by not stepping on the bag after taking a throw from third. That miscue led to a Rattlers run in the sixth to make it 5-2. Martinez would single to drive in a run in the ninth. He also scored the tying run. Soto was 0-for-3 in the game. Martinez went 2-for-4.
A question about how Wisconsin is doing at getting the runner in from third with less than two out was asked of me after the game. My flippant response was: Not good. They got the runner home from third one time out of four chances on Sunday. It was 1 out of 3 on Saturday. 2 out of seven just doesn’t sound good…That guy has to get home from third in that situation more often than that, right?
Rosa’s line drive hit the base of the wall. Reed ran back to try to make the catch. He turned to field it off the wall, but he was too close. The ball caromed off the wall past Reed and Taylor had to come over and make the play. By that time, it was a forgone conclusion that Rosa would be at third.
Matt Erickson tried everything he could. Two intentional walks, switching Adrian Williams in for Tyrone Taylor, and using Williams as a fifth infielder. Zach Wright spoiled the strategy with a walkoff grand slam.
Five turning points:
Parker Berberet doubles in Reed in the first, but is thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple. Victor Roache follwed with a single. The play at third looked like the throw beat Berberet at third, but the tag missed. Not the call.
Reed’s second triple drove in two runs with one out in the fifth. He was stranded at third when the inning ended.
Wade Hinkle singled to the backhand of Tyrone Taylor in left-center in the eighth. Taylor bobbled the ball and Hinkle took second on the error. He scored on a sac bunt and a sac fly. That run shouldn’t have scored.
Chris McFarland was at third with one out in the 9th after he stole second and made third on a throwing error. He was left stranded. Insurance run would have been great.
Chevy Clarke lined a pitch towards right-center with the winning run at secon and one out in the tenth. McFarland made a great leaping catch to keep the Bees from winning in the tenth.
I just got internet on my laptop. I will be editing this post in a few moments.
One more day. I don’t think anyone wants to end the season on a six-game losing streak.