This blog post should NOT be about the bad day I had on Sunday. I should be writing about the players who were the “HDL highlight” players like Jerry Tatum going 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and worked his ass off catching pitches going all over the place. Or Wes Hill (A’s) going 3 for 4 and doing everything possible to help the A’s avoid another loss.What Wes Hill did was insure the A’s would gain another “TIE” as he shut down the Dodgers in top of extra inning.
Then there was Brian Nilsen who played despite being fully healed from his hand injury. But that didn’t stop him from going 2 for 2, 2 runs scored and 2 doubles – Deuces were Wild for Mr. Brian. (Hope he left Tobey and went to Tunica and played Video Poker. He could have won at least $2.00.)
Tony reaches base
Yesterday was also a potential “record setting” day for Dodgers Tony Lomax. No I am not talking about Tony’s wife posting on Facebook that she and Tony are expecting a new Lomax in 2016. Tony was feeling his oats and running bases like a 12 year old. By 5th inning, Tony had 5 stolen bases. (Hey Baioni, where does this rank for single game totals?)
But least I forget Juan-Jose Castillo who had a remarkable day going 4 for 4 and was forced to relieve Terry Terrell who had control problems in Terry’s surprise pitching start for the A’s.
Juan-Jose Castillo would have had enough RBI’s to win the game but his line-drive base hits were hit so hard and right at the Dodgers outfielders that their quick throws back to the infield prevented A’s base runners from scoring.Jose Ortiz also had a solid day going 3 for 5.
Peterbilt Cardinals 11 – Lost Pizza Orioles 6
In the Orioles-Cardinals game, other than Jerry Tatum’s heroics, no one else on the Orioles was worth mentioning. Leaving 10 men on-base will usually guarantee a loss. The only pleasant surprise for the Orioles was an unexpected (but much anticipated) base hit from Tim Harris who’s pop-fly to right center found an empty spot to fall and put a smile on Tim’s face.
The Cardinals have a very positive group of players. who just try to put the ball in play and see what happens. When any team does that simple thing, there is always the chance they will move runners or keep an inning alive. Catching a ground ball and making a relay throw and catch sounds real easy but when the fielders hands are rusty and hard as a frying pan, the baseball will not stick in the glove. (Ask me – my hands were like Roberto Duran’s yesterday) After playing flawlessly the previous week. I assume I was too nonchalant or something. Whatever, Sunday was a day I should have stayed on the bench.
When 3-4 of a team’s first string players don’t show-up or are injured, your team needs you to fill a position. As the title of this article states, I sucked. I have sucked before but my teammates have overcome my suckiness and prevented my deficiencies from becoming a major contributor to final results. This is what really disappoints a ball player. You know your teammates depend on you. And your main goal is to avoid that disappointment. Team sports, like baseball, is about picking up a teammate. But don’t count on that happening all the time. There is always next week. Bounce back, work on your preparation for the next game. Prepare physically and mentally and with a little luck, the next game will be better than that game where you sucked.
Total runs scored on Sunday was more runs scored in 4 previous HDL games. Thirty-three runs were scored – (8-8 Ties; 11-6) compared to 32 runs (9-3 + 5-3 + 5-3 + 2-2).
In the early game the Dodgers took advantage of Terry Terrell’s wildness and scored 3 easy runs to put A’s in the hole. Travis Hill was once again being stingy and Dodgers defense, especially Patrick Belote at Shortstop, kept preventing A’s hitters from knocking in runners.
After Juan Jose took over pitching, the game became a tighter match. The A’s kept attacking and finally put some hits together in 6th & 7th innings to tie the game. That is the way the game ended (8-8).
In 2nd game, PW Burnett went 3 innings and was challenged each inning but PW had enough moxie to keep Orioles hitters from taking control of the game. As mentioned earlier, the bottom of the 3rd inning is when Rutledge’s 2nd error opened the flood gates and before the 3rd out was recorded, the Cardinals had scrapped 6 runs to put the Orioles in a hole – big hole. In the top of the 6th inning, after the Cardinals made 3 pitching changes in one inning, the time limit was at the limit. The Orioles made an effort to rally but Cards, Cesar Roman hung on and got the last out he needed to get a “Save”.
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