There was no irony in the juxtaposition of the grandeur that surrounded the State’s goodbye to a great man around midday today and our little baseball game to be played in Georgia a few hours later. The latter perfectly exemplifies the former as we should all know and we were particularly heartened to find out just how much he loved the game himself. Vale.
And so we must resume our critical and laudatory faculties while there is still some point to them. These are random. A coincidence then that the two errors that cost us last night’s game were perpetrated by the same two guys who looked worse at the plate in general and specifically, at crucial at bats, failed us? We have been carrying both for some time, they are hurting us, most every night. One non-Marlins HR since July 1 as we enter September? July? Ozzie is sadder, he’s so much younger. he manifests his pain. To go from so good to so bad so quickly must feel awful.
Acuna/Ender/Camargo/FloSuki/Swanson – these guys can hit from time to time, impressively – pour encourager les autres, hopefully. We are in their debt.
Enough already, before you all disappear, let’s do tonight’s game with a totally open mind, promise. Just found out that we are adding three pitchers for September – Touki/Bryse/ Mr. Kyle Wright. It is believed two of them can actually hit which is the best news of the week. But where is Riley?
10.08pm…STAND BY https://youtu.be/EadIvDAWkf8
Well, ask and you shall receive. We all asked. In fact we’ve been asking for a week or more. Down 2, then 3, late, Dansby leads off the 5th with a homer. In the all important 8th Duda pinch hits a lead off double to the far right corner, Lane Adams pinch runs and moves to third on Acuna’s line drive out to right field. Ender’s strike out was muffed by Cervelli far away enough for Ender to get to first but, more importantly, Lane Adams rushed in to score. We were behind no more.
Freddie, bless him, after another awful night , served a pitch beautifully over the off side infield . Nick moved him to third. Camargo lashed a line drive which was caught by the RF for the first out. Freddie did not hesitate and rushed in to score the go ahead run. Dansby somehow appeared from somewhere to score the 5th run, the fourth of the inning. All this damage was to Kela who had been untouchable the night before. It was all a little overwhelming after the arid, repetitive, narrow losses of the preceding week.
AJ did not mess about, got them 1/2/3 albeit helped by 2 plays by the impeccable Camargo. I don’t know what we are going to do with Riley but he ain’t playing there, ever. Lane Adams is still shredding his fingernails. Lucas Duda appeared on cue looking like a ruddy faced, happy farmer polishing an apple. Charlie was so happy, dreadful error.
So that’s how you stop a horror show guys. Write half your recap ahead of the game and entertain nothing but a win. I told you so. Love saying that.