Thursday, February 26, 2009

Recap 2/26

It's like Deja vu. Solid outing by our starter. Bullpen trouble. Tigers drop a close one.

This time the same song had a bit of a different verse. Still the same tune though.

The Bad

-Bullpen woes. The game was close for a little bit at the beginning. AU was holding tight, 3-3 in the bottom of the third. Ty Kelley gets an out, let's a man on, then had to be pulled with his pitch going heading a little over the century mark. Taylor Thompson comes in and looks solid for the first man, and then implodes, walking a man and giving up a 2 out double to put the 'Noles ahead 5-3. Same story in the 6th. First batter, Thompson Ks, then a walk, then the trouble begins. End of the night for TT after giving up 4 runs (3 earned) and FSU was sitting comfortably with a 7-3 lead.

-Errors. Fielding errors were ultimately Auburn's undoing. Not the bullpen. Fielding errors that kept innings alive and let FSU get a nice little pad. On the night Auburn committed 3 errors. Each one costly.

-Lineup holes. 5 Tigers were hitless on the night. Guys 3-9 in the order combined for a total of 2 hits all night. That's not good.

-O-fers. Those 5 Tigers who went hitless? Hunter Morris, Fletcher, Patterson, McElroy, and Hargett. Two other players (Ben Jones, Tony Caldwell) only had 1 hit all night.

-Golden Sombrero. Kevin Patterson went 0-5 with 4 strikeouts. Ouch.

-Quick innings. 4th, 6th, and 9th were all 3 up 3 down. Not good.

-Stranding ducks. Auburn had two innings with the bases loaded, but couldn't do any big damage. Once hitting into a DP, the second time KP K's to end the inning.

The Good

-The lead off guys. Namely Joseph Sanders. Sanders was 3-3, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs.

-The fact that Auburn was tied heading into the ninth, despite all the Fielding woes, Bullpen blowouts, and two guys shouldering most of the load.

-Ty Kelley. In his Auburn debut, the Redshirt Sophomore went 4.1 innings, 3 ER, 7 Ks. Impressive to say the least. With Jon Luke Jacobs, Dayton, Burnside, and Dexter Price, Auburn has a solid core group of starters to work with. Hopefully, the bullpen situation gets sorted out soon and roles are assigned (like mid-relief, short relief, closer, etc) and guys can settle in.

Other notes

-Along with Kelley, another Auburn pitcher made his season debut for the Tigers: Sean Ray. Ray was solid in relief (2 innings, 1 hit, 2 K, 1 BB). That leaves 3 pitchers (Adam Purdy, Kris West, and Miles Morton) who have yet to see action.

-FSU now pushes their streak to six over the Tigers.

-The only reason this loss stings is because Auburn managed to battle back. That shouldn't be overlooked. The Tigers were essentially treading water. Down 7-3. Probably the reason why FSU kept Brian Busch in the game. (side note, that kid is a hoss, he's 6-2 and listed at 254, he must have just told the staff his weight instead of actually being measured, because the only place he weighs 254 is on the moon) Busch was cruising, AU looked listless, and he was allowed to push his pitch count.

Both teams are back in action Friday.

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