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Monday - February 26, 2007

Quick note

Sorry I haven't posted. I just haven't really felt like it. 'Guess you get what you pay for, eh?

Actually, I really am sorry. I'll try to get something up about the last two games in the next couple of days. And, then, I'll be out of town for a week. I'm gonna miss several games. Which is a bummer. But, I'm gonna be having fun with some friends in Los Angeles so that'll be good.

Posted by Joanna at 12:26 PM | Permalink

Friday - February 23, 2007

Game 13: Washington State at Texas

I wasn't able to get out to Disch-Falk today. But, I managed to listen to most of the game on the radio. And, I think I caught most of the highlights:

Whew. I was called away from my desk about 20 seconds after the game ended. I'm so glad I got to hear that double play call in the 9th. I do wish I coulda been there. But...alas. I also missed the bulk of the post-game commentary. Tomorrow's broadcast will apparently be Internet-only. They'll have their local FM broadcast in Disch-Falk but if you're driving around Austin tomorrow, or hoping to listen while you're at your nephew's birthday party, or something like that, you're out of luck.

Ha! I just realized I didn't ever include the score anywhere in this post. So sad. Texas wins 4-2. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 6:36 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - February 20, 2007

Disch-Falk renovation photos, part 9

I arrived at Disch-Falk in the 7th inning. I think. This was the view of the stands as I walked in:

[The grandstand]

As you can see, it was completely overcast. But, it was warm. In the 70s! And, dry. And, oh yeah...the grass. They've sodded the berm. Not a stitch of grass there yesterday morning when I stopped by. Today? Sod, a fence, and "keep off the grass" signs!

The "facilities" question is, in fact, rather dire:

[The facilities]

Lots of "chem cans" and only one trailer.

Here's a wide-angle view from my seat:

[The field]

And, looking toward the rf corner:

[The field]

The Texas bullpen:

[The Texas bullpen]

It'll become the visiting team bullpen next year.

The current visiting team bullpen:

[The visiting team bullpen]

Not a great photo...what with the net and all. I was too lazy to walk to a spot where I could avoid the net. Tsk tsk tsk. There are a couple of things that tickled my fancy in the photo. First, there are the construction workers taking a break and getting to watch the game. As soon as the game ended, I could hear construction noise underneath the grandstand. I didn't notice any during the game, though. 'Wonder if they get paid to watch? Sweet deal, if so! The second thing: note the lit sign way past the bullpen? Last year, that sign was just outside the visitor dugout. And now? It's way off in the corner where I doubt it does much good at all. I'm guessing it's basically being stored there and will move closer to the action at some point. But, why use it now? It's just bizarre.

The press box:

[The press box]

And, now...the most annoying thing about the renovation:


There are lots and lots and lots of speakers. Really really really REALLY LOUD speakers. Ugh.

Man. I hope they do something about the volume of the sound system. It's way too much. And, we all thought it was bad last year. What fools we were. We had absolutely no idea how good we had it.

By the way, this'll probably be the last in my series of Disch-Falk renovation photos. At least, for this season. We shall see. I will post more if the situation warrants.

Posted by Joanna at 10:08 PM | Permalink

Game 12: Texas State at Texas

I listened off-and-on (mostly off) to the first half of the game on the radio. Then, I skipped over to the park to catch the last 2 or 3 innings. It wasn't a literal skip but it was darned close. Heh. Texas scored 7 in the first two and that was enough to win 7-1. Texas State scored their lone run in the 7th. I encourage you to read the recap on the TexasSports.com site 'cause I really don't have much to say about the game. I was too busy taking in the changes at Disch-Falk. More on that in a bit. I do want to point out that the losing pitcher is the older brother of our own Riley Boening (they don't mention that in the recap).

Posted by Joanna at 8:44 PM | Permalink

Monday - February 19, 2007

Disch-Falk renovation photos, part 8

I stopped by Disch-Falk this morning for one last round of photos before the park opens up to the public. Sadly, the computer on my camera seemed to be all out of whack and several of the photos didn't come out. Sigh... Oh well. That's life.

A shot from the parking lot north of the stadium:

[View from north parking lot]

Note the temporary structures along the concourse above the new seating area along the lf line.

The new (temporary) entrance:

[New entrance]

I think the trailer on the left is the "new" box office.

I stepped through the gate onto the concourse and took a couple of photos. This one's looking at the new outfield fence from the lf corner:

[The new outfield fence]

And, this one's looking toward the grandstand from the same spot:

[The grandstand]

Note the closest trailer. It's a portable bathroom. A vast improvement over what I was led to believe would be available, eh? There will undoubtedly be lines. But, there will also likely be running water. That should make things much better.

Posted by Joanna at 9:39 PM | Permalink

Alumnus update: Pack Landfair

Remember Pack Landfair? He was one of the bullpen catchers a couple of years ago. I got a message from him over the weekend. He's roaming the country by motorcycle. He's doing odd-jobs along the way to pay his expenses and is speaking at open mics. If you want to follow his travels or hear him at an open mic, check out his website.

Can you imagine doing such a thing? Wow.

PS: don't forget to buy the t-shrit!

Posted by Joanna at 12:50 PM | Permalink

Game 11: Stanford at Texas

I missed the first half of the game yesterday. The game wasn't on the radio so I wasn't sure what was happening. My dad called from the stands after the 4th (I was already on my way) to say the Horns were losing 1-5. As I got out of my car in the Dell Diamond parking lot, I heard the crowd roar. That seemed promising. Turns out, Jordan Danks had hit a double. I walked into the park just in time to see Preston Clark hit a 2-run home run in the 5th to take the Horns within 2. I found my folks and settled in. Texas scored another 2 in the 6th to tie things up. This time on a Jordan Danks 2-run home run. Stanford scored 1 in the 8th which Texas matched in the bottom half of the inning. Stanford managed to score 4 in the top of the 9th. Groannnnnn. But, hey! Brett Lewis hit a double to start off the bottom of the 9th and Chance Wheeless homered! Then, Jeff Boes (pinch hitting) reached on an error as the third baseman had a tough time fielding the ball. Nick Peoples singled to rf. Runners at 1b and 3b with no outs! Winning run at the plate. Alas, Jordan lined out to 1b. The first baseman lunged at the ball and fell on first base after making the catch for a double play. What sort of bad luck is that? He fell on the bag. Nick had no chance to get back to 1b. So, suddenly, Texas had a runner at 3b with two outs and the tying run at the plate. And, then Preston struck out. So sad. 'Wish I had better news for you. I do have to say that it was great watching the team battle away. It was a good game. A very tough loss. But, a good game. And, so...

Posted by Joanna at 7:35 AM | Permalink

Sunday - February 18, 2007

Game 10: Stanford at Texas

Sorry for not posting yesterday after the game. I just forgot about it! Texas beat Stanford 5-2. Adrian Alaniz went 7+ innings to get the win. He allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. He threw 115 pitches by my count. Things looked a little shaky early and I wasn't sure he'd make it to the 5 innings he needed to be awarded the win but he dug down deep and shut Stanford down. At the end of the 6th, he'd thrown 95 pitches and I was surprised to see him come back for the 7th but he had a 10-pitch 1-2-3 inning. He came back in the 8th and gave up a single followed by a walk. So, on came Randy Boone. Randy hit the first batter he saw (weird play...I'm not sure what happened) to load the bases with no outs. The next batter grounded out to 2b (rbi). The next two went down on strikeouts. He gave up another run in the 9th but that was it for the Stanford offense.

I'm not sure what the temperature was at the Dell Diamond but it was quite chilly in the stands. The main reason? A very stiff wind blowing straight in from lf. That wind wrecked havoc with all balls hit high into the air. Thankfully for Texas fans, the Stanford players struggled with it a lot more than the Texas players. Texas got at least 3 or 4 hits that would have been fairly routine fly outs if those balls hadn't been batted around by the wind. On one play in the 2nd, Kyle Russell hit a sky high ball that was headed to shallow lf. It ended up blowing back toward the infield and both the shortstop and third baseman lost the blowing ball in the sun. It fell harmlessly to the dirt near the baseline between 2b and 3b. Bradley Suttle, who was at 1b when Kyle hit the ball, scampered to 2b. The Stanford shortstop thought he had a chance to get Bradley out and threw the ball toward 2b. The throw was way off-line, though, and went into the rf corner. Bradley took off and scored easily. Kyle wound up at 3b and scored on the next play on a wind-aided double hit by Chance Wheeless to lf.

Here's hoping the Horns complete the sweep this afternoon. I will miss quite a bit of the game...maybe all of it. And, sadly, it won't be on the radio so I probably won't have much to report about it. Ah well...that's life.

Posted by Joanna at 10:45 AM | Permalink

Friday - February 16, 2007

Game 9: Stanford at Texas

No, I didn't make it to the park. I'll be there tomorrow, though! I wish I could've been there today. Kyle Russell hit two home runs again. Travis Tucker hit his first home run as a Longhorn. And, Chais Fuller got his first hit of the season. Another home run! The Horns won the game 5-3. Stanford scored single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 9th. The pitchers seemed to really be on their games. James Russell started and got the win. He went 5 innings and gave up the first 2 runs on 6 hits with 1 home run, 9 (!) strikeouts, and 1 walk. Joseph Krebs pitched 3.2 innings and gave up one run on 3 hits with 7 (!) strikeouts and no walks. Joseph got into a bit of trouble in the 9th. After striking out the first two batters he faced, he gave up a double and then a single (which pushed the runner across). So, Randy Boone came on to face the final batter (who hit into a fielder's choice to 2b) and get his second save of the year.

All-in-all, a great start to the series. Go, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 5:24 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - February 13, 2007

Game 8: UT-Pan American at Texas

It's the same old weekday game story. I turned the radio on but was too busy (not to mention in and out of my office) to really listen. Austin Wood started, went 5, and got the win. I think UTPA threatened a couple of times. I vaguely recall Keith or Craig saying at some point late in the game (when Alex Posey, maybe?, was pitching) that he got out of a no-out bases-loaded situation. But, don't quote me on that! None of any purported threats came to fruition, though. Texas won 19-0. Yep, you read that right. I did hear them say that Texas broke an all-time record for the number of doubles in a game with 11. The wind was blowing in very hard, though, keeping a few potential home run balls in the park that ended up going for doubles. The Horns sent a bunch of guys to the plate in the 8th and scored 11 runs on 8 hits. It sounded like one of those games where you really wish they'd invoke the 10-run rule...especially since the temperature hovered right around the 50-degree mark. That's downright cold when you've got a strong wind blowing into your face.

Posted by Joanna at 6:34 PM | Permalink

Sunday - February 11, 2007

Kansas series oddity

On Wednesday, Kansas cancelled their series against South Dakota State due to cold weather and field conditions. But, then they figured out a way to play in the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The only problem? The Metrodome was already hosting the Hurricane Winter Invitational. So, Kansas and South Dakota State started the first game of their 3-game series at 1:30 am on Saturday morning. The second game started at the conclusion of the first (a little after 5:00 am) and was called at 7:00 am (at the end of the 8th inning) to accomodate the tournament games. The second game was resumed at 3:30 am on Sunday morning. The final game was played immediately following the end of the 2nd game at about 4:20 am. Kansas lost the first game but won the series. Entertainingly, the official attendance numbers: 33 for Game 1, 22 for Game 2, and 26 for Game 3. Heh heh.

Posted by Joanna at 7:10 PM | Permalink

Game 7: Texas at Long Beach State

Texas pulled it off today and came away with a 2-1 win over Long Beach State. Adrian Alaniz started, went 3 shut-out innings, and got the win (he was announced as the pitcher of record before the start of the game so did not have to go 5 innings to get the win). James Russell pitched the next three and kept the home team scoreless. Joseph Krebs pitched the 7th and 8th innings. He allowed a lead-off home run in the 7th but then settled down and kept the Dirtbags scoreless after that. Randy Boone pitched the 9th for his first save of the year. He did allow a 1-out single but the runner was stranded at 2b. The pitchers really turned things around today with regard to walks and hit batters. James walked one, Joseph walked one, and nobody hit any batters.

The Horns scored single runs in the 2nd and 4th. Chance Wheeless started the 2nd off wth a triple down the rf line and was eventually brought home on a fielder's choice (6-4) by Travis Tucker. In the 4th, Kyle Russell doubled to rf, advanced to 3b on a ground out by Chais Fuller (getting his second start of the year), and scored on a single by Travis. So Travis, hitting in the number 9 spot in the order, got credit for both of the runs batted in today. He also made a great defensive play in the 6th to put a damper on a rally the Dirtbags had going. With runners at 1b and 2b, he fielded a hard-hit ball behind 2b that was on its way into the outfield and tossed the ball to Chais covering 2b to get the 2nd out of the inning. The play held the runner from 2b at 3b and kept him from scoring. The next batter grounded out to 3b to end the threat.

Coach Garrido's post-game comments (as best I can remember them):

They also spoke briefly with Randy Boone who said he's trying to figure out the best way to help his team. Hopefully this is it. He said he can pitch a little more emotionally in this role than if he starts.

I didn't sit at my computer today. Instead, I listened to the game while I cooked up a pot of soup. It was a much more relaxing afternoon for me. I may try it again next time they're out of town.

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 6:46 PM | Permalink

Saturday - February 10, 2007

Game 6: Texas at Long Beach State

I took these notes live as I listened to today's game on the radio...

Texas started things off nicely today against Long Beach State starter Manny McElroy (JR, rhp). Nick Peoples was hit by a pitch to reach. He promptly stole 2b. Jordan Danks doubled to send Nick home for the first run of the game. Preston Clark popped out to 1b in foul territory. Bradley Suttle grounded out to 1b, moving Jordan to 3b. Chance Wheeless doubled to rf to score Jordan. Pat McCrory struck out to end the Texas half of the 1st. Kyle Walker started on the mound for Texas. He started things off nicely by getting Robert Perry (who reached every time he went to the plate last night) to fly out to cf. Sadly, he turned around and walked Matt Cline (on 4 pitches) and Jason Corder (on 5 pitches). He came back against Chris Lopez to srike him out on 3 pitches. With Danny Espinosa at the plate, Preston Clark made an attempt to pick Cline off at 2b but the ball got through. Both runners advanced (E2). Kyle then hit the batter to load the bases. After a visit to the mound by Skip Johnson, Kyle got Shane Peterson to ground out to 2b to end the inning. Not the best start he could've made but Kyle got out of trouble without giving up any runs. Whew.

In the 2nd, Kyle Russell drew a full-count walk. Travis Tucker reached on a 5-4 fielder's choice. Michael Demperio singled to lf (Travis moved to 2b). Nick Peoples tripled down the lf line! Texas up 4-0, 1 out. Danks hit a long sac fly to score Nick. Preston Clark then reached on a 2-out double to lf. This prompted a pitching change. New pitcher for LBSU: Adam Wilk (lefty Freshman). Bradley Suttle doubled to cf (rbi). Woo hoo! 6 earned runs charged to the LBSU starter McElroy. Suttle advanced to 3b on a passed ball. Chance Wheeless was hit by a pitch. Wow. Runners at the corners. Pat McCrory (9th batter of the inning) walked to load the bases. Kyle back up for the 2nd time. He flew out to lf to end the inning. Oh my. That was a long break for Kyle Walker after that shaky 1st...hope it worked in his favor. In the bottom of the 2nd, Kyle started off 2-0 against Travis Howell but rallied to strike him out. Alas, he hit Jason Tweedy and gave up a single to Steve Tinoco. Top of the order with batters at 1b and 2b and 1 out. He then struck Perry out. Remember, Perry's the guy that reached everytime he was at the plate last night. Cline hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning. Texas up 6-0.

In the 3rd, Travis Tucker grounded out to ss. Michael Demperio tried to bunt his way aboard. The catcher made a bad throw to 1b and Michael made it all the way to 3b on the error! Scored a 3-base error by the official scorer. Keith thought it should be a single and a 2-base error. Nick Peoples singled to cf (rbi). LBSU argued the call...saying that Perry (in cf) caught the ball. They did not win the arguement. No surprise there. Jordan Danks singled to rf. Runners at 1b and 2b. Preston Clark flew out to rf. Nick tagged and advanced to 3b on the play. Bradley Suttle struck out (foul tip) to end the top of the 3rd. In the bottom, Corder led things off with a home run to left field. There goes the shut-out. Lopez reached on an error by ss...the ball went off the heal of Pat's glove. Espinosa grounded out to 3b on a bunt attempt down the 3b line to move Lopez to 2b. Keith was unhappy for at least the 4th time today with the official scoring (sac bunt). Keith thought he was going for a base hit all the way. Peterson walked. Masuda (pinch-hitting for Howell) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. That was the 3rd hit batter of the day for Kyle. Mysteriously, Austin Wood had been warming up in the bullpen and was brought in to replace Kyle. In the 3rd inning, the supposed closer for Texas went into the game. Your guess as to why is probably better than mine. This has been a very long game...nearly 1&1/2 hours to this point. Austin gave up a full-count bases-loaded walk to Tweedy. Tinoco hit a 2-run double to cf. Texas up 7-4 with runners at 2b and 3b and one out. Perry hit a sac fly to rf. It was a close play on a very good throw by Kyle Russell. Tinoco did not advance to 3b on the throw, oddly enough. Cline (9th batter of the inning to the plate) was up when the radio signal disappeared. Arggghhhhh. He ended up flying out to rf to end the inning. Texas now ahead by just 2 runs after giving up 5. Ouch.

They were off the air for 4 or 5 minutes. Chance Wheeless led the 4th off with a single to cf. This prompted a pitching change by LBSU. Andrew Liebel (FR, rhp) went in for Wilk. Pat McCrory moved Chance to 2b on a sac bunt. Kyle Russell grounded out to p, moving Chance to 3b. Travis Tucker hit a slow grounder that Liebel was unable to handle to reach 1b safely and score Chance. Michael Demperio grounded out to ss, ending the top of the 4th. In the bottom, Corder grounded out to p. Lopez flew out to lf. And, to complete the quick 1-2-3 half-inning, Espinosa grounded out to ss. Texas up 8-5.

Back to the top of the order as the 5th started off. Nick Peoples struck out after fouling off a couple of pitches. Jordan Danks singled to cf. Keith marvelled that the LBSU catcher's name is pronounced Mah-soo-dah since it looks like Mah-sah-dah to him. How's the name spelled, you ask? Masuda. How that "u" in the middle looks like a short "a" to Keith is one of those mysteries of life, eh? Sadly, Preston Clark hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end things. Just as the bottom of the 5th started, the game time reached 2 hours. Peterson led things off nicely with a fly out to lf. Masuda grounded out to 3b. He tried to check his swing but ended up grounding out. Frustratingly (is that a word?), Austin hit Tweedy to put him aboard. That brought the total to 4 hit batters for the Horns on the day. Tinoco singled to rf. Tweedy beat the throw from Kyle in rf to reach 3b on the play. Austin Wood then balked to advance the runners (a run scored). Perry grounded out to ss to end the inning. New score: 8-6.

The Horns (Suttle, Wheeless, McCrory) went down in order in the top of the 6th. In the bottom, Cline grounded out to 3b. Corder hit his second home run of the game to draw the Dirtbags within 1 run. Lopez grounded out to 3b. Espinosa singled to lf. Peterson grounded out to 2b to end the inning.

Kyle Russell flew out (just short of the fence) to start off the 7th. Travis Tucker singled to lf. The game slowed to a crawl again after a pretty quick 6th. Michael Demperio struck out swinging. Nick Peoples (at the plate for the 5th time of the day) singled to cf, advancing Travis to 3b. Sadly, Jordan Danks hit into a fielder's choice to end the Texas half of the 7th. Keith Shinaberry went in at p for the Horns. Masuda grounded out to ss. Tweedy was hit again (3rd time of the game) to reach 1b. Keith did not say anything about Tweedy crowding the plate or anything so I have no idea what was up. Tinoco singled behind Tweedy to put runners at the corners. Perry hit a single off the mound and over ss to drive in the tying run. The ball, which looked like it could've been a double play ball, bounced high off the mound and over Pat's head and into cf. Pitching change. Randy Boone (expected starter for tomorrow's game) went in. Runners at 1b and 2b with one out as he entered the game. Cline reached on a fielder's choice to 2b. Runners at the corners, 2 outs. Corder grounded out to ss. Game tied at 8.

Preston Clark singled to lf to start off the 8th. Bradley Suttle singled to rf, moving Preston to 3b. With Chance Wheeless at the plate, Bradley moved to 2b on a ball that bounced away from the LBSU catcher. At that point, with the count 2-2 against Chance, LBSU chose to replace their pitcher. Bryan Shaw (SO, rhp) went in to pitch. LBSU faked the intentional walk to Chance and struck him out! Masuda stood up with his left hand outstretched and then dropped to a crouch at the last second to receive the strikeout pitch. Keith said that was the first time he'd ever seen a team try that play. Keith could not believe his eyes. Pat McCrory followed that up with a second strikeout. The Dirtbags then put Kyle Russell on with an intentional walk to load the bases with 2 outs. Travis Tucker hit into a fielder's choice to end the threat. What a heart-breaker. Randy Boone struck out the side to lift my spirits ever so slightly. Heh.

Alas, the Horns went down in order in the top of the 9th. Masuda singled to cf to start off the bottom of the 9th. Tweedy bunted in front of the plate. Preston tried to get the lead runner (pinch-runner Alan Woods) out at 2b but the throw was just late. Runners at 1b and 2b with no outs. Pinch-hitter Brandon Godfrey fouled off a 3rd strike on a bunt attempt to go down for the first out of the LBSU half of the inning. Perry flew out to shallow rf. Cline did the same. Whew. Game still tied at 8 and headed into extra innings. The game was about 3 hours, 40 minutes long at this point. Long game.

Preston Clark popped out to ss to start off the 10th. Bradley Suttle struck out looking after fighting off a couple of pitches. Chance Wheeless hit a ball to right (??)...lost radio feed again. Grrrrrr!! LiveStats on the TexasSports.com page reported that Chance hit a double to right center. Clay Van Hook (pinch-hitting for Pat) drew a walk. The radio signal came back after 4 or 5 minutes. Kyle Russell worked the count full, fought off a pitch, and drew a walk to load the bases. Travis Tucker, sadly, grounded out to 2b. Game time hit the 4 hour mark just as the bottom of the 10th started. Corder grounded out to 1b. McMurray struck out. On the strikeout, Keith was saying it was Capon and never did figure out who it was but realized it couldn't have been Capon a bit later when Capon really came up to bat. Espinosa doubled to cf. The Horns intentionally walked Peterson. Capon singled to cf, driving in Espinosa, who beat the throw from Peoples to score the winning run. How sad. Texas lost 8-9. Too bad Randy was saddled with the loss after he came in and pitched a good game.

The line:

Texas 241 100 000 0 - 8162
LBSU 005 011 100 1 - 9111

That 3rd inning really killed 'em. Coach Garrido said in the post-game interview that he was actually pleased with the attitude of the team and that we should stick with them because they are turning things around. He also praised Randy Boone for volunteering to go on in short relief to help the team out.

Posted by Joanna at 8:35 PM | Permalink

Friday - February 9, 2007

Game 5: Texas at Long Beach State

You'll be happy (or sad...who knows?) to hear that I managed to listen to most of the game this evening. The Horns went 1-2-3 in the 1st. James Russell started for the Horns and allowed a couple of baserunners (via walks) but got out of trouble when Nick Peoples made one of his pattented diving catches to save the day and end the inning. Kyle Russell started the scoring off nicely by hitting a 2-run home run to dead center (with two outs) in the top of the 2nd. The Dirtbags started their half of the 2nd by hitting a triple to the cf/rf gap. Keith Moreland had commented a little earlier that the alleys were really deep and the outfielders would need to step up and cut balls off or runners would be able to run forever as they ran balls down. The triple proved his point. The runner from 3b did score on a ground out to bring the score within one run.

In the 3rd, Jordan Danks reached on a 2-out walk and then stole 2b. Sadly, he was stranded there. James got into trouble again in the bottom of the 3rd. He walked the first batter he faced and then gave up a single to put runners at 1b and 2b with no outs. A ground out advanced the runners to 2b and 3b (with one out). The runner from 3b scored on a wild pitch to tie the game (runner from 2b moved to 3b). Long Beach scored and took the lead when the next batter grounded out to ss. The next batter tried to bunt his way aboard. James jumped on the ball and threw him out, though, to end the inning. Horns behind 2-3.

Bradley Suttle led off the 4th with a long home run over the rf fence to tie things up again at 3. Chance Wheeless walked, moved to 2b on a sac bunt, and then to 3b on an error by the LBSU ss (Travis Tucker reached 1b on the error). But, alas, Chance was stranded at 3b. In the bottom of the 4th, James got into a bit of trouble again and was replaced by Joseph Krebs with the bases loaded and two outs. Joseph got the Horns out of the inning by striking out the batter he came in to face. Whew.

Top of the 5th. Nick Peoples was hit by a pitch and then was caught stealing shortly thereafter. He attempted a steal of 2b and actually slid in safely but his hand came off the bag and he was tagged by the ss for the first out of the inning. Jordan Danks reached on a single on the next pitch. Too bad about that caught stealing thing, eh? Alas, Jordan was stranded at 1b. The Dirtbags started their half of the inning with a double off the cf fence. The runner moved to 3b on a ground out and then scored on a double to lf to take LBSU back up by one run. And, that was it for scoring in the 5th.

Chance Wheeless started things off in the 6th by hitting a single up the middle. He moved to 2b on a sac bunt by Pat McCrory. Kyle Russell hit a triple down the lf line to drive Chance in and tie the game up. The official scorer ended up scoring it a single with a 2-base error on the play since the left fielder left his feet to try and field the ball. Kyle scored on a sac fly by Travis Tucker to take the Horns up 5-4 and Michael Demperio grounded out to end the top-half of the inning. In the bottom, the first two batters flew out to cf. The third batter hit a ground ball down the lf line. Jordan Danks fielded and threw a bullet to Travis Tucker covering 2b to tag the batter/runner (trying to stretch a single into a double) out to end the inning! Woo hoo!

The Horns went down in order in the 7th. The Dirtbags returned the favor by doing the same. Alas, the Horns turned around and went down in order again in the 8th. Thankfully, the Dirtbags did likewise in the bottom of the 8th. So, 12 outs in a row. Horns still in the lead 5-4.

In the top of the 9th, Kyle Russell started things off by hitting his 2nd home run of the night! The next three batters went down in order. I have to say I was awfully glad the Horns broke that 3-up/3-down streak they had going on. In the bottom of the 9th, Joseph Krebs got the first batter out on a ground out to 1b. The second batter reached on an infield single behind 2b. After a conference on the mound, Joseph hit the next batter with a 2-2 pitch to put runners at 1b and 2b with 1 out. Adrian Alaniz then went to the mound for the Horns. Adrian hit the first batter he faced with the first pitch he threw to load the bases! Oh. My. Goodness. The next batter popped up to Travis Tucker behind 2b. Whew. A pinch hitter for LBSU singled to rf to tie the game up. Runners at the corners with 2 outs. Which prompted the second pitching change of the inning. Austin Wood went in for Adrian. He gave up a single to end the game.

Sigh...Texas loses 6-7.

The line:

Texas 020 102 001 - 681
LBSU 012 010 003 - 792

Posted by Joanna at 11:54 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - February 6, 2007

2007 notes

Be sure to check out the A-to-Z Baseball Fan Guide on the TexasSports.com site. It's chock full of useful information.

Of particular interest, info about the parking situation:

I'm archiving a copy of the map here (185K GIF file) for easy reference. Note that they've pretty much converted all but one of the parking lots east of I-35 to Longhorn Foundation parking. And, you'll have to pay $5 to park in any of the close lots on the west side of I-35. Wow.

I also read somewhere that there will only be one entrance to Disch-Falk this year...near the lf corner. And, no public bathrooms...just port-a-pots. That should be fun, eh?

Posted by Joanna at 11:14 PM | Permalink

Game 4: UT-Arlington at Texas

I remembered to turn the game on and had it on all afternoon but, really, I got nuthin' for y'all. I was just too busy. I heard snippets here and there but had no time to jot anything down and know very little about what actually happened. I couldn't even really listen to the post-game comments. It's just a sad, sad thing. I do have the line (copied from GameTracker):

Visitor 000 130 000 - 494
Home 201 311 10x - 981

Hunter Harris started and did pretty well, I think. He left the game before the end of the 5th so he wasn't eligible for the win...which went to Joseph Krebs. I was surprised near the end of the game to pull up the GameTracker window in my web browser and see that Randy Boone was pitching. He apparently pitched the final two innings. And, I didn't even know he was in the game. That's how little info my brain was taking in from the radio broadcast. So, I highly recommend you go to the TexasSports.com baseball page and get their coverage when it comes online.

Horns win, though, and that's what counts!

Posted by Joanna at 6:14 PM | Permalink

Sunday - February 4, 2007

Disch-Falk renovation photos, part 7

I stopped by Disch-Falk Field a couple of hours before today's game and took more photos of the progress...

A shot from beyond the lf fence:

[From beyond the lf fence]

'Looks like they've got most of the seating in place. That's a lot of green, doncha think?

Looking in from the lf corner:

[From the lf corner]

If you look closely above the new seating area, you can see a few workmen. They were taking advantage of the good weather and were hard at work trying to get things finished. So, I guess that'll be a grassy berm in the area between where I was standing and the new seating area? Hmmmm...

The press box:

[Press box]

I was wondering about something. This photo answers my question. The box will have A/C. Also, you can see that some of the chairs aren't actually attached to anything yet. See there?...on that aisle going up along the right side of the photo? Also, for those of you who've asked about 'em: so far there are no signs of new hand rails.

The fence:

[The fence]

Isn't it purrrrty? Heh.

The grandstand:

[The grandstand]

From this photo, it doesn't look like they've done much at all underneath the grandstand. That may or may not be true. I just don't know.

Here's what it looks like from the parking lot west of the stadium:

[From the parking lot]

And, finally, a look at the new lights atop the grandstand roof:

[New roof lights]

In case you don't remember, the old lights were just above the top of the old roof line. So, the new ones are considerably higher than the old.

Posted by Joanna at 11:48 PM | Permalink

Game 3: San Diego at Texas

Sadly, the Horns ended up losing the third game of the San Diego series. They just seemed a bit flat today. They actually scored the first run of the game in the 6th. Jordan Danks flew out to lf to start the inning. Bradley Suttle, with his 3rd hit of the game, doubled to lf. Preston Clark, with his 2nd hit of the game, hit a bloop single to shallow cf. Bradley scored on the play. And, that was it. The team had 5 hits. All of them by Bradley and Preston. They reached on back-to-back singles to start the 2nd. Chance Wheeless then reached on a sac bunt attempt that went bad (E4, the 2b dropped the throw from p). So, bases loaded and no outs. Pat McCrory reached an a 5-2 fielder's choice (no run). Kyle Russell struck out swinging. And, Travis Tucker flew out to cf. In the 4th, Bradley led off again with a single. He moved to 2b on a sac bunt by Preston. Chance walked. Runners at 1b and 2b with 1 out. Pat, sadly, hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

On the pitching side of things, James Russell did a good job. He threw the first 7 innings...giving up only 2 hits through the first 6 innings, while striking out 3, walking 1, and hitting 2. That second hit batter sure looked iffy but anyway... The 7th did not go well. Justin Snyder doubled to the rf corner to start off the inning. Jordan Abruzzo followed that up with a looooong home run to lf. From our seats, it looked like it was just barely fair. But, we had a terrible angle so I don't really know how close it was. The next three batters went down in order on 4 pitches. So, that was sweet. But, the damage had been done. Austin Wood came on in the 8th and got into a bit of trouble. But, he worked his way out of it. He was not so lucky in the 9th. Abruzzo started the inning off with a single and Shane Buschini followed it up with a home run to lf that just cleared the fence. In fact, for just a second, I thought Jordan Danks had caught the ball. Alas, no. The Horns did get a couple of runners aboard in the bottom of the inning via a walk and an error but...no hits. So, no runs. It's a shame, after the good game he pitched, but James took the loss.

Defensively, the Horns made several really pretty plays. They picked a runner off in the 1st (1-5-6). Chance made a nice play to end the 1st by catching a foul ball at the edge of the San Diego dugout. He tripped over a bucket of balls at the top of the steps and fell into the dugout but held onto the ball. Nick Peoples made a couple of very long runs in cf to rob San Diego hitters of base hits. In the 5th, Jordan did make a leaping catch at the wall in lf to snag a ball that looked to be about a foot over the top of the wall. It surely would've been amazing if he'd also snagged that ball hit to nearly the same spot in the 9th. Preston made a perfect throw to ss to catch a runner attempting to steal 2b (also in the 7th).

Ah well. Hopefully, things will turn around on Tuesday.

UPDATE (10:45 pm). Looking at video (Channel 24 10 o'clock news) of the catch Jordan made in the 5th to rob Gelbrich of a home run, it actually looks like his head was even with the top of the fence and his arm was stretched out just over the top of the wrought iron fence at the edge of the grassy berm behind the wall. What a leap! Wow.

UPDATE #2 (11:05 pm): I checked out the TexasSports.com photos from the game and they had a great shot of Jordan making that catch:

Posted by Joanna at 9:33 PM | Permalink

Mom's photos

My mom posted a few pictures from the Alumni and yesterday's games on her blog. Go check 'em out. Her comment about Keith Shinaberry rings very true. I had no idea how low to the ground he gets when he pitches.

PS: I've added a third page of photos to my collection from the Alumni game.

Posted by Joanna at 9:04 AM | Permalink

Saturday - February 3, 2007

Game 2: San Diego at Texas

Sorry I wasn't able to post earlier. I went to dinner with my folks after the game and then on to a birthday party this evening.

The Horns came on in a big way today, defeating San Diego 13-8. The weather wasn't really all that bad. Especially when the sun was out. It was pretty cold in the shade but not as bad as I was expecting. I had a good time. There were more people in attendance than I thought there'd be. According to the official box, there were 1,762 fans in the stands. I'm guessing the crowd tomorrow will be somewhat smaller, what with it being Superbowl Sunday and all.

The line:

San Diego 002 101 130 - 8133
Texas 030 601 30x - 13131

Kyle Walker got the nod and struggled a bit. He went 3+ innings and gave up 3 earned runs on 3 hits (2 singles, 1 home run) with 3 strikeouts and 6 walks, while facing 18 batters. The game was tied at 3 when he left. Adrian Alaniz came on in relief, went 4+ innings, and gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits (2 singles, 2 doubles, 1 home run) with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. He also faced 18 batters and got credit for the win. Keith Shinaberry pitched the 8th. He gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits (2 singles, 1 home run) with 1 strikeout. Austin Wood pitched the 9th. He gave up a bunt single down the 3b line. The next batter popped out to 1b in foul territory, just shy of the 1b dugout. The third batter singled to rf, putting runners at 1b and 2b. The fourth batter hit a long fly ball to the lf/cf gap. Nick Peoples made a spectacular run to catch the ball on the warning track in the deepest part of the field. And, then the game ended on a great play. Recall, there were runners at 1b and 2b with 2 outs. The runner at 1b had just come into the game (he reached on a pinch-hit single) and was, maybe, on his heals just a bit. Austin's first pitch was a strike. On the next pitch, Preston Clark rifled a throw to Chance Wheeless at 1b and picked the runner at 1b off! To end the game! That was cool.

On the offensive side of things, each of the starters had at least one hit and everyone except Nick Peoples scored at least once. Nick, though, hit a 2-rbi single in the 2nd and a 3-rbi double in the 7th. Heh. He went 2-for-4 with those two hits and a sac bunt. Jordan Danks went 1-for-4 with a 2-rbi single and a run scored. Preston Clark went 3-for-5 wit 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 1 rbi. Bradley Suttle went 2-for-5 with a 2-rbi home run in the 4th and a 1-rbi single in the 6th. Pat McCrory went 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored. Travis Tucker did the same (as Pat). Kyle Russell went 1-for-2 with a walk, a triple to the deepest part of the park in the lf/cf gap, and 2 runs scored. In the top of the 7th, Kyle ran hard after a fly ball to rf and ran into the wall. Initially, the hit was ruled a double. After Coach Hill argued the call, the umpires had a conference and ruled the hit a home run. It looked to me like it bounced off the wrought iron fence at the edge of the berm over the rf fence and back into play...thus a home run. A lot of folks in the crowd didn't agree with the reversal but I thought it was a good ruling. At any rate, I think Kyle might have hurt himself a bit because when his turn to bat came up in the bottom of the 7th, he was replaced by Russell Moldenhauer who went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Chance Wheeless went 1-for-4 with a single, 1 rbi, and 2 runs scored. The rbi came off a beautiful suicide squeeze play in the 4th. With Kyle at 3b and 1 out, on a 1-1 count, Kyle broke hard for home. Chance squared and bunted the ball about 8 feet from the plate...toward 1b but not right down the line. Kyle scored easily and the pitcher made a bad throw to 1b. Suicide squeeze successful. Chance safe at 1b. And, finally, Michael Demperio went 1-for-2 with a bunt single (immediately following Chance's bunt in the 4th), 2 walks, and 2 runs scored. All-in-all, a great day at the plate for the Horns. They batted through the order in the 4th and sent 8 men to the plate in the 2nd and 7th.

Defensively, the Horns committed one error. Nick bobbled a single to cf that allowed the batter to reach 2b. He was stranded there, however, so it did not end up hurting the team. Pat and Bradley bobbled a couple of grounders but kept their wits about them and got the outs on both plays. On the play that caused Pat trouble, there was a runner at 1b who broke hard for 2b (steal attempt or hit-and-run...not sure which). Pat broke for the bag to cover the runner and the ball was hit slightly behind him. He tore around, knocked the ball down, and made a nice throw to 1b to get the batter out. Tough play. Chance and Pat converted a very pretty 3-6-3 double play in the 4th. Nick did seem to misjudge a couple of balls early in the game. On one occasion, it looked like the ball got caught in the wind and went over his head as he was running hard toward the lf/cf gap. But, later in the game he made a nice play to catch a ball hit deeper and toward the same part of the field.

I'm looking forward to more and better tomorrow. Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 11:12 PM | Permalink

More photos

Just lettin' you know that I've added a second page of photos from the Alumni game. Enjoy.

[Autograph hounds]

I'll be heading out to the Dell Diamond in a couple of hours. According to Channel 8, it's 41 deg F out at the moment. I sure hope it warms up a bit. I won't be taking my camera with me today. Too cold!

Posted by Joanna at 10:15 AM | Permalink

Friday - February 2, 2007

Game 1: San Diego at Texas

'Had to work today and missed the opener. I always try to go to the home opener but just couldn't get away from work. That Dell Diamond is way too far away! Hopefully, I'll make the "real" home opener when the Horns play their first game of 2007 at Disch-Falk.

At any rate, I did try to listen to the game but didn't manage to actually hear much of it.

The line:

San Diego 001 131 000 - 6151
Texas 000 001 103 - 5100

The Toreros threatened early and came through on a solo home run in the 3rd. The Horns had the bases loaded with two outs in the 6th when San Diego finally replaced their starter (Brian Matusz who pitched a very good game...or so it sounded). The replacement (A.J. Griffin) coaxed a fly ball to lf out of pinch-hitting Russell Moldenhauer to get out of trouble.

The Horns started fighting back in the 6th. In the 8th, Travis Tucker got his 3rd hit of the game and moved to 3b on a single by pinch-hitter Clay Van Hook. Sadly, those hits were sandwiched between a strikeout, a fly out, and a ground out. Too bad.

After Keith Shinaberry threw a 1-2-3 top-of-the-9th, Jordan Danks went to bat and singled up the middle to start off a big rally. Preston Clark struck out and Bradley Suttle followed that up by walking to put runners at 1b and 2b. Pat McCrory doubled to lf. Jordan scored on the hit. The left fielder tried to catch Pat off 2b and threw wide of the 2b bag. The ball went into the rf corner (I think) allowing Bradley to score and Pat to move to 3b. San Diego sent Matt Couch in to pitch. Kyle Russell grounded out to 2b, scoring Pat. Travis got hit by the first pitch to put the tying run on base. Chance Wheeless struck out to end the game. How sad. What an exciting 9th! Too bad it had such a sad ending.

Randy Boone started and took the loss. He gave up 5 runs on 9 hits in 4.1 innings. Joseph Krebs did a good job in relief. He gave up one run on 6 hits and struck out 6 in 3.2 innings. Keith threw that 1-2-3 9th.

Coach Garrido's post-game radio comments (para-phrased):

I'm gonna try to make it to tomorrow's game. It's gonna be cold, though, and I'm not sure I want to sit out in that kind of weather. We shall see.

Posted by Joanna at 8:17 PM | Permalink

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