Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Two More Little Things
Lost and forgotten in last night's latest meltdown in San Francisco, were two defensive miscues that on the surface didn't appear as important at the time, but in the long run proved costly. Those little things that add up to big innings and ultimately another defeat.
In the very first inning, after Jordan Zimmermann hit Edgar Renteria with a pitch on his left elbow, The Giants shortstop stole second base. A sure thing when Washington's catcher Wil Nieves had to double pump--BECAUSE NO ONE COVERED THE BAG. Cristian Guzman froze, Anderson Hernandez broke late. With eventual San Francisco Game Hero Pablo Sandoval batting lefthanded--neither of our middle infielders seemingly had communicated who should cover the bag. A resultant mental error that cost Washington a run when Randy Winn doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 1st.
Later in the bottom of the 4th--Renteria ropped a two out liner to right field that Austin Kearns scooped up and fired a one hopper to home plate. Aaron Rowand, already on third base, scored easily, but The Giants First Baseman--Travis Ishikawa--came charging around third looking to score. With Austin's throw on target and Ishikawa about to make a beautiful hook slide to the outside/back portion of home plate--Wil Nieves DIDN'T let the baseball come to him. Instead of blocking home plate, Wil moved forward to retrieve the baseball--pulling it back to the sliding Ishikawa, wasting precious seconds and allowing Travis to slip by him and score San Francisco's 5th run of the evening.
Two more little things that if executed better would have given Our Washington Nationals a better chance of winning--and having to depend less on their 9th inning theatrics. Baseball is a team game and it's not been just our pitchers that have made mental mistakes in the field.
InGame Photo--Marcio Jose Sanchez (AP)