Good Effort, Feast or Famine, Tracking the Pitch

The TinCaps couldn’t secure the three-game series sweep against the Captains on Sunday, and so I turn to the words of the immortal Meat Loaf to summarize the first half of the homestand.

Yes, Meat Loaf, two out of three ain’t bad. And nobody is sad. In fact, TinCaps skipper Jose Valentin was pleased with the late effort he saw in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Lake County:

“We battled to the end. I’m happy to see that. It’s something I didn’t see in the first half,” Valentin said. “Every time we were down by two runs late (in the first half), we’d get a one, two, three (inning) and the game is over. Today, we fought all the way.”

“I’m happy for the effort today. I have a good feeling from what I’ve seen so far.”

Today Lansing invades Parkview Field. The Lugnuts, who took the first-half crown, sport an identical 2-1 mark in the first three games of the half. Yesterday’s game between Lansing and Great Lakes was, um, interesting and it featured far too many walks for anyone’s liking. Great Lakes pitching walked seven consecutive batters in the fifth. Nine Lugnuts scored in the inning and it took 44 minutes just for three outs to be recorded.

With Matt Wisler on the hill tonight, the Lugnuts will not have it quite as easy. Wisler has allowed two earned runs in his last 25 innings.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear Jose Valentin’s full post-game comments from Sunday’s ballgame:

FEAST OR FAMINE

With the drought conditions here in Allen County, and a burn ban put into place, nobody’s seen a significant amount of rain in quite some time.

In Clearwater, Florida, though, the Florida State League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Clearwater Threshers, have seen a bit too much rain:

Courtesy of the Clearwater Threshers Facebook page.

Tropical Storm Debby has dumped water on Florida, making a nightmare for the grounds crew. Not too long ago, Metro Bank Park, the home of the Double-A Harrisburg Senators had a similar problem because of Tropical Storm Lee:

EFFECTS OF A KNUCKLER

Even though the Mets’ R.A. Dickey didn’t have his best stuff last night, he did, at times, provide bouts of trouble for Yankees hitter with his knuckleball. As difficult as it is for the batters to hit and for the catcher to catch, it can be tough for an umpire to follow, too:

“It’s hard on them,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said of the umpires after watching Dickey in person. “It’s like guys used to say about Randy Johnson. How do you prepare for Randy Johnson? You’ve got a 6-10 left-handed release point. You don’t see that angle of descent. So how do you prepare for a knuckleballer? What’s the umpire going to do, go in the batting cage before the game and look at 50 knuckleballs? He can’t prepare either.”

That did not stop Showalter from poking a little fun at umpiring crews for possibly giving Dickey some help with the strike zone.

“They’re doing a great job with him,” Showalter said, rolling his eyes. “He doesn’t need any help, trust me.”

MUSICAL GUEST

Modest Mouse…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

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