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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Observations On The Houston Series

A little late, but a few comments on the Houston series:

...Brian Anderson (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 save) is the real deal! Given the difficulty the Dirtbags have had scoring runs, keeping any more Cougar runners from crossing home plate over the final 3 innings on Sunday (to maintain a 1 run deficit) was essential. Brian, coming on in the 7th, allowed a lead single. With 1 out (to my recollection), a throwing error by catcher Chris Jones put the runner at 3rd. Brian retired the side on an infield popup, and a fly ball to the outfield. Following that lead single, he retired every other batter he faced. In 19.1 innings, he's yet to allow a run.

...The Brian Anderson, Neil Jamison, (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 saves) bullpen tandem had a total of 5.1 innings over the weekend, and the only baserunner allowed was the lead single discussed above.

...It's an old cliche, but Cesar Ramos (3-3, 1.97 ERA) should sue for non-support. Over his last 5 starts, the Beach has scored a total of 12 runs...or 2.4 runs per game. During that stretch, Cesar has gone 1-3...and would have gone 1-4 had the Dirtbags not come back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th against San Diego State to win 2-1 (Brian Anderson, who pitched the 9th in relief of Cesar, got the win).

...Evan Longoria had a hot weekend at bat, going 6 for 13, including a double.

...I'm still wondering why Houston coach Rayner Noble left starter Brad Lincoln in the game on Sunday after the first Dirtbag hit in the 9th. The hit by Tom Wolf, and the one that followed by Zach Barger (who went 3 for 4, including a double), were hard hit line drives. In the 8th, the 49ers had begun to hit the ball harder off Lincoln. A fresh arm might well have preserved the victory for the Cougars.

...The ball hit by Cole Jacobsen to drive in 2 for the win in the 9th on Sunday appeared to be a clean hit to short left field. Houston leftfielder Kori Williams made a diving attempt to catch it on a full run coming in. I thought he might have made the play until I saw the ball scoot by and roll to deep left for a bases clearing triple. Earlier in the game, Williams made a tough chance on a line drive to the warning track in the left field corner look easy as he made the play.

...In my opinion, Jered Hughes needs to speed his delivery to the plate, especially against good running teams like Houston. They ran at will on him, stealing 3 bases.

posted on 3/15/2005 by Jeff Agnew

I guess that'll teach those Houston fans not to start celebrating until they get the last out.

What a way to win a ball game. I saw grown men snatch their caps from their heads and fling them into the air. Cole Jacobsen was so focused on watching the fielders and trying to get around the bases that I don't think he realized he'd just won the game. Everyone was going nuts, and Cole just stood on third base until Herman ran out to give him a bear hug.

When will Jared Hughes figure out that he can't walk or hit the leadoff batter every inning? Houston's baserunners took full advantage of his slow delivery and made him look baaaad. And Chris Jones needs to get his throws to second base down to give Evan and Chuck a chance to tag those runners.
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