bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the weekend series with Sacramento State?
Rocky Ward: Obviously we're disappointed that we lost two out of three. Sacramento played well. We didn't play poorly but we didn't play great. We just kind of played average baseball and they played pretty good. I was disappointed by it but not surprised by it. I think that Sacramento is like a lot of guys in the league. They've got a pretty good ball club, they've got enough talent to beat you and you've got to play well to win.
bc.net: Going back to yesterday's loss obviously the double plays hurt but specifically the third inning and the seventh inning were the key innings in the game offensively.
RW: Yeah, it's one of those deals as a coach where I thought I managed the Sunday game against Dallas Baptist great and it's not just about making decisions but it's about when you make the decisions that they work. I didn't move my runners on the Rust double play early part of it [in the third inning] because Goldstrom isn't a great runner on the back side and I had Michael Medina on the front side who I thought would steal third easily but if they threw to second and Tanner swings through the pitch then we end up with a man at third and two outs and we've shot ourselves in the foot. Every time you get two strikes on a hitter you need to do what you can to protect them because they have to swing at a strike. They can hit into a double play and not have a whole lot of control over it. It was a chance to break it open because you had the middle of the lineup coming and it's one of the weaknesses of having Jory in the two hole. He's performed well there and he can't change the fact that he's not a very good runner compared to Blackstone in the two hole. The net result on an individual basis, Kent Blackstone moving down in the lineup to where Jory was hitting has helped both guys individually but it didn't help the way the team offense was put together. If Blackstone had been that runner then we would have run earlier before we got to two strikes. It's just one of those things. You can't fix everything and Tanner, that's the only negative you can look at with his record. He's hit into too many double plays, he leads the team into that category. Part of it is he puts the ball in play a lot and he hits the ball pretty hard. When he hits it at them it's a pretty easy double play because the timing.
The seventh, it was okay. Parker hits into the double play, the ball is hit hard but we rebuild the inning and get the bases loaded two outs and Kyle got a pitch to hit, he just didn't get quite enough of it and flew out to right. You can say that about any baseball game I guess. The double play in baseball is like a turnover in football. It always hurts you, it always flips momentum to the opponent and at the same time there's times when you can't do anything about it. Continue Reading This Post >>