Keaton Everitt was very strong pitching through a little trouble late but managing to put in seven solid innings were he allowed just one run. By that point, Reno was up 6-1 but the bullpen had another weak outing. Adam Nikolic came on but had control problems as he gave up a single and then three walks that would bring the score to 6-2 when that run was "walked" home. Jason Martinez came on and also gave up a walk. Marshall Plouffe was next in the chute. He is our closer and enters to "Ace of Spades" by Motorhead. He was really good last night but he got stung with a double and then a homerun that brought the game to 6-5. He struck out the last batter to end the inning but not before there were some definite nervous moments at the yard.
The bench players made their bid to be everyday players as Madrid, Sindlinger, and Rodriguez had strong performances for the Sox. They got the starts last night and made the most of them. Madrid had a couple of key hits including a shot that put the Sox on the board first. Sindlinger got on and put himself in a position to score and Rodriguez launched a homerun.
Derrick Loop looked pretty good early for the Outlaws though his move to first did cause some controversy. It was pretty close to a balk a couple of times and this was not lost on the Sox who argued their case to the umpires after Loop picked off two.
The crowd was the smallest of the year at 1301.
The Sox now go on the road. I won't go to another game until the 19th but you can still expect a couple of posts a week until then. I have some ideas including some thoughts the commissioner of the league posted in response to some questions I had as well as a few other baseball related items.
Thanks for reading.