I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but prison is no fairy-tale world.
-Red, Shawshank Redemption
This was a bad, bad game for the Noles on the diamond. I was hoping this team would have done something well during this game so I could look towards the future with hope. That last all of 3 innings. Let's start with the bright news:
- We had more hits than errors. Honestly we weren't sure it would happen.
- Tyler Holt knows how to get on base. He went 1-2 and had 2 or our 3 walks and a stolen base.
- We only gave up 4 walks.
Now the bad news:
- We had 5 errors. Most of these were very very bad errors. Both D'Vo and Cardullo took their eyes off balls. Cardullo actually threw the ball over Hunter Scantling's head while Hunter was trying to cover first. Go outside and try to underhand throw a ball over a basketball rim. That's what Cardullo basically did. Hunter comes in at 6'8" and had his glove extended above his head. I didn't think that sort of thing was possible. I was wrong.
- Speaking of Hunter, he telegraphs his pitches. His arm slows waaay down on his off speed stuff. He got tagged a few times because of this. I'm not sure if this is this is how Scantling throws as this is the first time I've seen him but it was ugly.
- We struck out 14 times. We had struck out 12 times by the 6th inning. At that point we had sent about 21 men to the plate.
- We left a lot of pitches up in the zone. Even though we didn't give up a lot of walks we forced ourselves into our share of bad situations with 2-1 counts and men on base. Errors, obviously didn't help.
I like to be optimistic about my teams, find something I can be happy about but really there was nothing there. This was a very disappointing team. I'm not saying they can't get it together and make a run but I'm not going to hold my breath for it.