Postgame Post – April 3, 2014
I have to tell the truth here. I’m running on empty. But, I wanted to try to put something together for tonight’s game.
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly isn’t the most positive way to divide this up…Three up, Three down is such a cliche…
I don’t have much to add, to my postgame interview with Matt Erickson…which I haven’t quite figured out how to post as an audio file on here yet…
So, Transcription it is.
First head over to the game story for quotes from Matt after the 8-4 loss to the Chiefs. There are quotes about Taylor Williams (5IP, H, 0R, BB, 7K, ND), Omar Garcia (3-for-4, SB), and Clint Coulter (1-for-3, BB, HR, RBI)
In the first inning, the Timber Rattlers had Garcia at third with one out and David Denson at the plate. Wisconsin put the contact play on and Denson grounded sharply to second. Garcia was tagged out in a 4-2-5-1-6-4 rundown. Denson was out trying to advance to third and the inning ended on the 4-2-5-1-6-4-2 double play….Take it away, Matt:
“We did go contact play. It was a cold day and we were banking on them having to catch the ball, making a clean exchange, and making a good throw. Unfortunately, Denson smoked a ball right the second baseman and Garcia really had no chance.
[Garcia] did a great job of staying in the rundown. Denny got caught up a little bit watching that play and we talked about it after the game. On the back side of that play we gotta advance as many bases as we possibly can and he got caught up watching it.”
On the game in general: I thought we did some good things. Williams came out and was really good. He was just throwing strikes and we did make some defensive plays. We had the one defensive miscue, but then Williams picked the runner off. So that picked us up there. [Taylor] Brennan made a nice play on his backhand.
I thought we had some good at bats with extra base hits and found ways to score runs in four innings.
It’s just that seventh inning killed us. We throw a number of pitches, we walked eight people tonight and I know a number of them scored. We gotta throw the ball over the plate and make people use the bat or it’s going to hurt us.
On Barrett Astin, Friday’s scheduled starting pitcher for the Rattlers: Other than he’s an Arkansas Razorback…I’m already cheering for him…He’s kind of a two-seamer/slider guy and we’re trying to get a little more arm strength out of him. He’s been asked to use his four-seamer a little more. Hopefully, he can get the ball down in the zone, get us some ground balls, and get us off the field.