Deaza has been strong for most of the 2006 NWL season, but of late hasstarted looking like he’s either tired, distracted, or injured, andtonight he got absolutely caned by the resurgent Devs, getting hit fortwo home runs in a ballpark where any pitcher worth his salt shouldn’tgive up one, and setting the C’s up for an almost certain loss.
And just to make sure of the result, Derrick "The Commissioner" Gordoncame in to relieve and gave up 4 earned runs in 0.1 innings pitched.
But there was some good in this mess of a meltdown - Matt "TheBattleship" Manship came in to clean up Gordon’s mess, throwing 3.2innings of 3-hit, 4-strike, no-run ball, and Sugar Shane Presuttifollowed that with a clean two innings of mop-up ball, striking out 4and walking none, to give C’s fans at least some reason not to hangthemselves.
Larry Cobb was also solid in the lead-off role, going 1-2 with twowalks - exactly what you’d want from a guy who sets the table for themeat of the order. Sulentic went 1-3 with a run, Dowling went 1-3 witha double, a walk, and an RBI, and Valdez and Hernandez eached showed upwith a base hit out of 3 ABs.
In the top of the 7th, Greg Dowling missed a catch at first base toallow Razor Ramon Rodriguez on to base. Dowling’s been working on hisdefense, and clearly wasn’t impressed with himself, despite the factthat the C’s were already blown out, so when the next hitter smashedthe ball at Dowling, he was not only ready for to take a screamer of acatch, he pounced on it like a panther to get the unassisted doubleplay, doubling up Rodriguez at 1st. From this moment on, Howling GregDowling will be known as Prowling Greg Dowling. Dude’s an assassinright now.
Rosie Rosendo started for a second straight game, giving Jake Smith amuch-needed rest - let’s see if The Rake can come back tomorrow with alittle steel in his garden tools.
Come on, Jacob. We need you steering this ship.
|July 31, 2006|