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.