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Sunday - May 6, 2007

Game 52: Missouri at Texas

Sigh...Texas lost to the Tigers again today. Again, by 1 run (4-5). It was very reminiscent of Friday's game. Texas jumped out to a lead. Just like Friday. Missouri then went ahead. Just like Friday. Trevor Coleman hit a couple of home runs. Similar to Friday (on Friday he only hit one). The winning run was scored on an error. Just like Friday. Except that on Friday, it happened in the 11th inning. Today, it happened in the 6th. So, it didn't seem to be as much of a catastrophe. That just goes to show you that it really does matter when the error happens as to how much people remember it. Joseph Krebs went in and wasn't very effective. Just like Friday. Completely unlike yesterday when he dominated. Texas made all kinds of substitutions in the line-up, trying to figure out a way to score when things were looking bleak. Just like Friday. It was hard to watch.

Austin Wood got the nod for Texas and threw the first 5 innings. He gave up a solo home run in the 2nd. He had two 1-2-3 innings: the 1st and 4th. He gave up a couple of 2-out singles in the 3rd. He had a tough 5th. The first batter he faced battled a bit but ended up flying out to lf. The next batter popped out to 2b. But then he walked Arndt. And, then he gave up another couple of 2-out singles...the 2nd one pushing Arndt across. Bradley Suttle almost saved the inning when Frey (batting after Arndt) hit a sharp grounder down the 3b line. Bradley dove for it, jumped up, and just missed gunning Frey down at 1b. Inches. It's a game of inches. Joseph Krebs went in at the start of the 6th. He gave up a lead-off triple to Priday who hit the ball to the cf/rf gap. Kyle Russell tried to make a play on the ball, dove for it, and then lay in a heap for about 30 seconds. Nick Peoples backed him up and threw the ball in. But, Priday made it to 3b. Kyle got up and walked off the field but was clearly favoring his right hand/arm. In the post-game interview, when asked about Kyle's status, Coach Garrido said that he jammed his wrist and he, along with Jordan Danks, will likely be available for the A&M series. After Clint Stubbs went out to rf, Joseph gave up the 2nd home run of the game to Coleman. Missouri up 4-2. The next batter grounded out to 3b. Then, Senne singled. Then, Mack singled. Runners at the corners. So, Pat McCrory went to the mound. Pat made a throw to 1b, trying to pick Mach off, but it was a bad throw and the ball rolled all the way to the tarp against the fence down the rf line. Senne scored. Mach moved to 3b. Arndt then grounded out to 1b and Frey grounded out to 2b to end the inning. The Missouri bench...every single person on it...disagreed with the call at 1b. The first base coach (Tony Vitello, I believe) started yelling at the ump and was immediately ejected. I don't believe he'd said more than 3 words to the ump when he was tossed, so those words must've been pretty special. Frey was apparently tossed as well. I did not see that happen but he left the field with Vitello and Calvert went into cf. Pat gave up a lead-off single in the 7th but got the next three down in order. He struck out the first two batters he saw in the 8th, walked the third, and gave up a single. Keith Shinaberry went in at that point and struck Calvert out. Randy Boone pitched the 9th inning. He gave up a lead-off single but got the next three out. So...except for Joseph Krebs, the bull-pen did their job. The Joseph Krebs thing is one of those bizarre mysteries of baseball. He did a great job last weekend at OSU and again yesterday. But, on Friday and today... Shrug. It doesn't really make any sense, does it?

Texas struggled offensively. They got lots of hits and lots of base runners. They just couldn't seem to get much of anything going when they got those runners on base. They scored two quick runs in the 1st. They left 2 aboard (one in scoring position) in the 1st but it didn't seem like that big of a deal at the time. Nick Peoples reached on a 2-out walk in the 2nd and stole 2b. But he was stranded there. So, one left in scoring position in the 2nd. Chance Wheeless walked to start off the 3rd and moved to 3b on a sac bunt and a ground out. Preston Clark then walked but they were both stranded when Chais Fuller flew out to cf. So, 2 stranded in the 2nd, 1 in scoring position. They went down in order in the 4th. In the fifth: Kyle Russell flew out; Chance Wheeless singled; Bradley Suttle flew out to cf; Russell Moldenhauer singled, moving Chance to 2b; Preston Clark walked to load the bases; Chais Fuller flew out to cf to end the inning. Three stranded, 2 in scoring position. Travis Tucker singled to start off the 6th. Kyle Lusson hit a ground-rule double. Tough luck as Travis was well on his way to scoring. The next three batters went: strikeout, ground out to 3b (no chance to advance), ground out to 2b. Two stranded, both in scoring position. In the 7th, Preston Clark hit a 2-out solo home run. In the 8th, Travis Tucker was hit by a pitch and eventually scored without Texas getting a hit (strike out, walk, walk, sac fly, fly out). Two stranded, one in scoring position. And, in the 9th, with 2 outs, Chais Fuller singled. Jordan Danks went in to pinch run and moved to 2b on a single by Travis Tucker. But, they were stranded when Kyle Lusson flew out to rf. So, in summary, the Horns had 10 hits (all singles except for Preston's home run and Kyle Lusson's ground-rule double). They were walked 6 times and hit twice to make 8 free passes. Missouri also committed 2 balks. But, the Horns only scored 4. They couldn't find a way to take advantage of all those opportunities.

I don't know if it was Texas that was off or if it was that the Tigers seem to know just what to do to stay one up on Texas of late. Missouri has won 8 of the last 12 games they've played. Nobody else seems to have the Longhorns' number in quite the same way. Is it just one of those things? Like the way Texas is 10-1 against Rice over the same period? Sigh...

Hopefully, the team will bounce back. Hopefully, they will get to play someone on the 12th. As I post this, there's still a big "TBA" on the schedule for that day. I kinda think the team would probably benefit quite a bit if they were able to play a game against someone before they face the Aggies. Y'know?

Augie was confident in his post-game interview that the Horns would win the regular season title. And, chances are extremely good that they will. It just would've been nice if they'd done it today. Ah well.

Posted by Joanna at 10:39 PM