04 August 2010

Bloop Hit in 9th Gives Mustangs Win 1-0



As you can see from all the zeros on the scoreboard both the Brewers and especially the Mustangs' bats were very quiet this evening. This shot is from the top of the ninth. When the Mustangs came up in the bottom of the 9th, Dayne Read walked, one of only four base runners for the Mustangs the whole night. He was sacrificed to 2nd by Devin Lohman and Danny Rodriguez got the only hit of the night for the Mustangs, a broken bat blooper just over the 2nd baseman's head to score Read. Still, it looks like a solid hit on my scorecard.

Evan Frederickson, the tall thin left-handed starting pitcher for the Brewers was very effective, striking out 12 in 6 innings of no-hit pitching. The only interest the fans had was when he walked Hamilton twice and, of course, trying to figure out where Gavin Hanson, the home plate umpire, was going to set the strike zone for the next batter. We almost scored a run in the 4th inning on a silly balk call by Hanson, when Frederickson walked Hamilton to start, then wild-pitched to 2nd and then made a throwing error trying to pick him off. The manager for the Brewers managed to set him straight fairly quickly, perhaps persuaded by the base umpire, Ramon Hernandez: though he made a foul ball the night before into a two run homer, he at least did have some knowledge of the balk rules. The players and the umpires are supposed to be learning and improving during the course of the season, aren't they?

Daniel Corcino looked very good, allowing just two hits in 6 innings and striking out 8. After a good inning from Pat Doyle, Josh Smith finished up with two strong innings and the win. And a 25 out no-hitter by the two Helena pitchers, Frederickson and Seth Lintz comes to nought with a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a bloop single to right by Danny Rodriguez in the bottom of the 9th.

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