25 July 2010

Rodriguez Rips Walk Off Homer in 11th


Yorman Rodriguez, 17 year -old outfielder from Venezuela and hitting over .500 with runners in scoring position did not wait for runners to get on to end this extra-inning game. He hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Sunday afternoon at Dehler Park. That is him leading his teammates off to the clubhouse. We have not witnessed this much excitement this season. Curiously enough, he warned the pitcher by hooking a high fast ball on the previous pitch just foul down the left field line before whacking another high fast ball to the scoreboard in right center on the next pitch.

Here is the scoreboard that most of the 2300 or so fans that stayed to the end saw after Rodriguez' blast over the right centerfield fence just below the  scoreboard.

As can be seen, the starting pitchers, Gagnon for the Ghosts and Gerson for the Mustangs were stingy with hits and runs and so too were the guys from the bullpen.

Fielding looked pretty good. Manager and pitching coach seemed relatively serene after being thrown out of the game the night before for arguing a little too strenuously with the umps in the top of the 10th. The runner obstructed the catcher, apparently not seen by the home plate umpire but visible to all the rest of us. Perhaps the uncertainty of the strike zone throughout the game may have contributed to the argument.

Unfortunately the Great Falls Voyagers also won today so the Mustangs are still two games out of first place with 4 games to play in the first half standings.

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