Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Justin Jolts One

Game 18: Bulls 14, Knights 7
Season: 12-6
Wrap, Box

Well, that was fun.

After a worrisome top of the first with Davis giving up a two-out walk, then an error leading to men on 1st and 3rd, we got out of the inning.

To start out our half of the inning Weber walked, Brignac singled, Joyce walked, and Ruggiano grand-slammed them all home. Richard struck out, Kennedy grounded out, but Sadler singled and Jaso hit his first home run for the Bulls. So we’re up 6 runs and everyone bats in the 1st.

By the end of the game we've got 14 runs, by far our best output this year.

Overall Wade Davis had a decent start, only getting in some trouble in the 4th with a 3 run homer. Still he wrapped things up nicely in that 4th with a strikeout, fly out, and strikeout. The 5th was interesting with Davis getting three fly balls to Joyce in right. He hit his pitch limit with the first batter in the 6th. Orvella very deftly finished the inning off — two pitches, two outs.

One other quirky event was Richard breaking two bats in the bottom of the 6th, the last broken bat leading to a grounder to second that scored Brignac.

The late innings were distinguished by sloppiness on both sides, errors, passed balls, etc. Got pretty ugly.

Nevertheless, a lot of positives in the game. Ruggiano's hitting (homer and double). Johnson's hitting (homer and single). Davis' pitching. Choate looking very good in relief (even though there were two errors behind him, he struck out two and made the third out on a come-backer).

Fun night at the park. Looking forward to see the rehabbing Rays right-handed reliever (gonna milk that alliteration for all it’s worth) tomorrow or the next day.

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