Monday, 12 November 2012

ABL Week 2 vs Brisbane Bandits

This was our first home series of the season and one of the things we needed to improve on was winning games at home. Something we didn't do too will last season.

Game 1
This game can be described in two words. Chris Oxspring. In one of the most dominant performances in ABL history, Chris struck out 14 hitters on his way to a 4 hit shutout. The offense did their part scoring runs at a steady pace on the way to an 8-0 win.

Game 2
This is a game I'd rather forget. We were tied 1-1 going into the 11th, which was when I came onto pitch. I gave up a weak single up the middle, and then a two run home run to Josh Roberts. Our offense couldn't mount a comeback in the bottom of the 11th inning. Getting tagged with a loss is rough, especially since the pitchers before me did a great job silencing the Bandits bats. After the game its a very low feeling in the clubhouse. I was the last to leave the clubhouse. All I did was sit there in the corner thinking "What if I threw the pitch a bit higher, he would have popped up, what if I threw a changeup, he may have swung and missed". So many "what ifs?" run through your mind after a game like this. I heard a teammate say something quite true about how brutal baseball can be. He said "The highest high can't outweigh the lowest low in baseball". Which I find is quite true. If you have a good outing, you're happy about it for a few hours, but if you have a bad day, its on your mind for days. Baseball is a failure based sport, even the best hitters in the game fail 7 times out of 10, its not so much are you going to fail or succeed, its how you deal with that failure that separates the men from the boys.

Game 3
We were behind straight away, and could never make a serious threat against the Bandits starter. Vaughan Harris gave up 5 runs, but I can only remember one ball getting hit hard off him. There were bloop singles, infield singles everywhere. It was just one of those days where if something could go wrong, it did go wrong. Brisbane ended up eventual winners and took the series 2-1

We have a week off next week before we play defending champions Perth Heat. Its going to be a true test for us. Perth have been the benchmark of the league for the last 2 seasons, and it would be great to show them we belong with them at the top.

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