Three more games down and Auburn rides into Tuesday’s contest with Alabama with a 7 game winning streak, a bit of confidence, and are a little bit battle tested…and tired.
Once Wednesday’s home game against Western Kentucky, the Tigers will have played 8 games in 9 days; with only a single day of rest before heading to Knoxville to start SEC play.
We did learn a good bit more about the team (and I’ll go over that later) but for now here’s what you missed while you were following the respective basketball teams (as most people were).
Auburn used a big 5th inning to jump out to a comfortable 7-0 lead heading into the sixth and cruised. Tacking on 2 more insurances runs. In that 5th, the Tigers led off with back to back doubles from Mummey and Sanders After a Ben Jones sac-bunt and a Tony Caldwell groundout it looked like Brown would get out of the inning with just a 1 run dent (Mums scored on Sanders double). Then the damage really started. Fletcher is HBP, Wes Gilmer singles (RBI), Casey McElroy singles (RBI), Brad Ray singles (RBI), and C-Mac is cut down at the plate trying to be greedy. Final damage: 4 runs, 3 with 2 outs and Auburn coasts to a win.
Jon Luke Jacobs picking up his 1st win of the year was stellar. 7 ip/5h/0er/4k/1bb and 104 total pitches
Joseph Sanders. Continuing his hot start (which cooled Sunday), In Saturday’s first game he went 3-5 with 4 RBIs.
Fletcher collected his 4th HR of the year but the real side story of the first day was the absence of Hunter Morris. The stud 1B has been injured (he returned Sunday) and that left a predicament for CJP about what to do with the 1B/DH positions. Normally, CJP has put Kevin Patterson at 1B and picked from a gaggle of guys to DH (Wes Gilmer, Dan Gamache, Brad Ray). This time he tried something different, putting Gilmer at 1B and letting Brad Ray DH. The results paid off. Gilmer was 3-5 with an RBI. Ray was 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk.
Saturday (Game Two):
This game was a bit closer than hoped. Ty Kelley got off to a rough start (4 ip/8 h/4 er/0k) and Auburn had to relay on it’s bullpen to come through. Luckily, they did (which hasn’t been the case this year). Brad Hendrix was stellar in relief and picked up the win, and Auburn used a solo HR from Kevin Patterson to go up 5-4 and got another save from Austin Hubbard to complete the Double Header sweep.
Bradley Hendrix. Just what we needed from a reliever. He picks up the win (to even his record to 2-2) and goes 4 ip/3h/0er/3k. He was efficient as well. Averaging only 3 pitches per batters faced.
Kevin Patterson. KP, back in the DH spot, was the spark Auburn needed and busted out of a big slump. Giving Auburn that go ahead solo shot (just his 2nd of the year). He finished the day 3-3 with 3 RBIs, a walk, and single short of the cycle.
Auburn looked doomed after some errors. C-Mac picks up his 5 E of the year, Donaldson his 3rd, and Caldwell his 1st.
Auburn had 5 doubles in the game (Jones, Fletch, C-Mac, KP, Hargett).
Honestly, Auburn could have just packed up, given Brown the win, and focused on Alabama. Credit the Tigers however, they kept battling and battling and eventually broke free to win it in 11 innings on a Casey McElroy walk off single.
Chris O’neal, making a spot start, had a decent day, going 4.2 ip/6h/3er. However, the bullpen let him down, namely Scott Shuman, who had a terrible day (1 ip/4 er), and Auburn had to scrape from a 8-4 hole to force extra innings. They did, and completed the 4 game sweep.
Ben Jones ended up with a better line (2-5, 4 rbi, 1bb, HR) but watching the game, you’d agree Justin Hartgett was the best hitter. Batting in the 9 hole, he continually provided a much need spark, giving Auburn it’s first lead (1-0 after 2 innings) and going 2 for 4 with and RBI.
Austin Hubbard. A day after getting his 2nd Save of the season, he picks up his 2nd win. Going 2.1 ip/4h/1er/3k
Joe Sanders 10 game hitting streak comes to an end after an 0 for 5 day; However, Mums extends his to 12.
Hunter Morris was back in the lineup (DH spot) and was solid. 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 bb.
Overall, this weekend gets a very high 4 Jobus: