Saturday, February 19, 2011

Game 2: Winkler does it all

Kyle Winkler has turned in some damn impressive performances in his time at TCU, but his first outing of 2011 might've been his best yet. His seven innings of one-hit, no earned run work powered the Frogs to a 7-1 Game 2 win over Kansas Saturday.

But it wasn't just the 8 K's that Wink registered in 7 innings. In the top of the 5th inning, sophomore catcher Josh Elander made a valiant attempt at catching a foul ball, completely laying out but not quite coming up with the catch. While he was able to finish the inning, Schlossnagle pulled him and put DH Jimmie Pharr in at catcher, which meant that the Frogs had given up the luxury of the designated hitter for the day. In the bottom of the inning, Schloss had a choice- bat his pitcher (who was DEALING at the time) or pull him for a pinch hitter. He elected to bat Winkler, and it paid off- he laid down a perfect bunt on the first pitch he saw, scoring Aaron Schultz from third. The crowd of over 4,400 didn't ignore the offensive contribution of a pitcher, either, as Wink received a standing ovation for his efforts.

From there, it was all pretty simple. Winkler shut down the Frogs for two more innings, and then Erik Miller pitched two perfect innings of relief to hold the Jayhawks to just one hit all afternoon.


4 comments:

Lyle Lanley said...

Also, I had to miss the end of this game to go get ready for the wedding I just got home from. (fart noise)

NurseFrog31 said...

It's Josh Elander, not Jason... he's one of the only people from my hometown to go to TCU so I love that he's out there playing. Not upset, just checking your reporting :)

Slay Purple said...

Winkler looked SHARP. I stream both games online and as awesome as Purke did, I think Winkler did better. His control was spot-on and his velocity was 92-93. If he can keep this up I am definitely booking a flight to Omaha. Additionally, our relief has been ridiculous. Last night (Friday) our two Freshman came in and sealed the deal. They both gave up a run, but Mitchell tossed 4 K's in 2 innings, and Duffie finished the final 3 innings strong, in both of their first collegiate starts. Each hit 94, and had the poise that does not come with a freshman pitcher. Maxwell (12th round pick last year) starts tomorrow and I have a feeling that Kansas is going to walk away with under 5 runs for the series. Without even mentioning that we dominated our previous series attendance record in only 2 games...

Lyle Lanley said...

Nice catch, Nurse. I was so focused on spelling everything right after a few drinks that I guess I failed to fact-check.