TPS Report: Sergentator Salvation

Today’s TPS Report comes to you live from a park in Erin Woods.

GAME 1: Vipers win 4-1

Maybe it’s because I just saw Terminator Salvation, but I think Vipers pitcher Joe “The Cobra Clutch” Sergent is a machine sent back from the future to destroy opposing batters.

Sergent went the distance in the first game of today’s double header, picking up the win while giving up only one run on three hits with no walks.

Sergent retired 20 OC batters in a row, including three in the fourth on five pitches, and three in the fifth on eight pitches. Yup, a machine.

I owe Fehlandt Lentini a dollar. His lead off homerun came before I could buy a beer from THWBCIC and get some change. Sorry. Feh had a great game one, going 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 ribbies.

GLROTY Colin Moro seemed to shake off a pretty scary looking bean ball. Right off the helmet’s ear guard. Ouch.  That was an actual bean ball; take note, Rod Black.

Four Vipers were noticably sleeveless (no long sleeves) in the very un-June weather. Recuenco, Lentini, Mejia, and Moro.

OC Flyers SS #2 Damian Jackson was wearing a hoodie (?!) under his gawdy orange jersey. Seriously, it wasn’t that cold.

GAME 2: Vipers lose 5-6

Tough Vipers debut for Clint Johnston. 0-3 with 3 strikeouts in game 1, and 1-4 with 3 strikeouts (including the final out of the game) in game 2. He’s wearing Carlos Duncan’s old #23, which I gotta admit looked weird.

Was that Hideki Nagasaka acting as the first base coach, or is my eyesight getting that bad?

You don’t see a lot of bunts attempted on two strikes, and Rob Recuenco showed us why in the 6th. Rob was also the only anti-long sleeve Viper to continue the trend for game two.

Maybe Mac Suzuki only struggles on the mound when I’m watching live. He turned a 5-3 lead into a 5-6 loss in two innings. He did strike out four, but the two walks were killers. I think he saw some bad BABiP luck. He’ll bounce back.

OC Flyer “Hoodie” Jackson was caught wandering after Benavidez flew out to Clint Johnston in foul teritory. Hilarious. My slowpitch team doesn’t even get thrown out on those.

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6 Responses to TPS Report: Sergentator Salvation

  1. Viperfan says:

    what is THWBCIC? I may not sleep tonight.

  2. Hawker says:

    Viperfan:

    We’re

    The
    Hardest
    Working
    Beer
    Crew
    In
    Calgary

    As proclaimed by xolager.

  3. xolager says:

    And remember, folks, always tip your beer crew!

  4. xolager says:

    I’ve been around this country, and in reality THWBCIC might as well stand for The Hardest Working Beer Crew In Canada.

  5. Mr. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure BaseballGuy has a perfectly logical explanation and a few stats as to why you and I have been left expecting more from Big Mac… But as it was clearly pointed out before, we never played in the majors, so I’m apparently not entitled to that opinion either.

    That being said it was nice to see our boys in action, albeit the cold weather. and indeed, another very impressive start by Sergent!

  6. xolager says:

    I’ve read a bunch of Frank James and other Baseball Analytics lately, and even though it’s a very small sample size, I think Mac’s start last night can just be chalked up to old fashioned bad luck.

    He K’d four, which is no small feat, but everything that OC hit off him was put safely into play. According to the Baseball Stat Nerds, a high BABiP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) is not much more than a sign that a pitcher has run into bad luck. Pitchers don’t have much of a say in BABiP.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batting_average_on_balls_in_play

    Although I never got to *see* it live, Mac had been putting up real nice numbers until last night. I think he’ll be fine.

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