Other things at the park kept me from taking detailed notes on this game. I will share with you that the box score doesn't tell the whole story on a disappointing loss.
The whole game turned on the fifth inning. Michael Feliz had cruised through the first four innings. He had seven strike out of the first 12 outs. In the fifth, with a 2-0 lead, Feliz walked the bases loaded. Three walks in an inning will hurt you every time. BUT! He should have been out of the inning. The triple that cleared the bases was a fairly routine line drive to right. Ariel Ovando was there for the ball, he was just about three feet too far in to field it. It simply was misjudged. I am not sure if it was a bad read of the bat or if it was a lack of focus but it was a very poor play. He makes that play, Greeneville wins. I have said several times that Ovando has looked much better in the field this year. However last night, he looked like the Ovando from last season.
If ifs and buts, were candy and nuts......
There were other aspects of the game that could have gone better, such as getting at least one hit with runners in scoring position (0-8). And there were some positive plays, pitches and at bats. Yet when your team is fighting for a playoff spot, you have to beat teams that have 13-35 records. Greeneville let one get away last night.
Brian Blasik was hit on the hand while attempting to bunt Thursday night. He was sporting two finger splints on right hand.
I am thrilled to get to meet some folks that I have gotten to know on the interwebs this weekend. Jayne from What The Heck Bobby, Mike Newman from FanGraphs, and Tim and Brooks from The Crawfish Boxes are all going to catch at least one game at Pioneer Park this weekend. I look forward to meeting them and getting their observations on this team.