Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Frogs Drop 3rd in a Row

The Frogs dropped yet another close one last night, 4-3 to Dallas Baptist by blowing a 3-2 lead. Erik Miller, who looked so reliable early this season in the closer's role, fell to 0-3 on the season after giving up a run in the 9th, while starter Stefan Crichton and reliever Kyle Starratt combined to give up 3 runs over the first 8 (only 1 was earned). Defensively, the Frogs committed 4 errors and played genuinely sloppy baseball, and it is becoming more and more apparent to me from game to game that Kyle Von Tungeln has no business being on the field with the rest of these guys. Sorry to be harsh, but as the starting right fielder he committed 2 HUGE errors and getting thrown out on a poor baserunning blunder attempting to take 3rd on a pitch in the dirt. He also only has 2 hits on the year, both being on Friday night against Fullerton and one being a bunt. All I can figure is he must be outstanding in practice.

On the bright side, Taylor Featherston appeared to break out of his early season slump with 2 hits, including an opposite field homer, and 2 RBI's. Also, future freshman gingerstar Brett Johnson delivered another solid performance going 2-3. I wonder if he's in the process of taking Joe Weik's job from him.

While I'm still not ready to say the sky is falling, there are glaring weaknesses that are starting to show up with this team. 4 errors is ridiculous, and our bullpen meltdowns of late are a cause for concern and are making me really wish Caleb Merck a speedy recovery. Also, I know the bats can start slow, but they've got to pick it up sooner rather than laterthis season, because I really don't want to have to go through Austin to Omaha again. Oh, and we suffered another tough to watch pop-out bunt in the first inning as well which turned into a double play and negated a baserunner on the Featherston homer.

One last thing from the Rumor Mill/Take it for what it's worth category: I heard speculation that the Purke injury may be more than just a blister and is actually a throwing shoulder injury. Once again, I'd like to reiterate that this is a rumor from a pretty reliable source, but I don't know for sure. Hopefully he'll come out this weekend and throw against Tech and put that rumor to bed, but I'd sleep a lot easier if someone could show me a picture of his blister or something so I know it's not B.S.

9 comments:

Slay Purple said...

I heard that purke hadn't thrown a pitch all weekend and Schlossnagle didn't want to start him cold last night. Yesterday Purke & Winkler both pitched a bullpen, and I assume that Purke is going to get the Friday night start against tech. He did have some soreness early in the preseason, but I think that was more a product of not pitching for 6 months after Omaha, and trying to come back and start on the same level.

shortnkerley's said...

Good to hear that he's throwing a bullpen session. Hopefully the soreness isn't something to worry about. Yeah, I wasn't saying there was any reason to throw him last night (he's a weekend rotation guy), but I just hope it's not something more serious than a blister.

Spit Purple said...

I really don' think our relief pitching has been bad. The fact that we continue to leave tons of men stranded, 9 last night, has a lot more to do with the late game slides.

The camera showed tape on Purke's finger during one of the CSF games. So if there's no blister they're doing a good job faking.

Lyle Lanley said...

Looks like Schloss may have found a replacement for one of the early struggling hitters- Brett Johnson has looked fanastic spelling Joe Weik at first.

You have to wonder how patient he'll be with the others. Coats, I think, has earned time to find his rhythm- Von Tungeln I'm not so sure.

I'll eat crow later if I'm wrong, but I just don't think it's time to hit the panic button just yet. Every team goes through rough patches- this one's got the talent to overcome a slow start.

David said...

Does anyone understand the love affair with Von Tungeln? He was overmatched last year, yet still got two key ABs in the CWS (struck out both times of course). Now we are squeezing him in the lineup at DH and again he is way overmatched. Why does he get so many opportunities? He must be the best practice player ever.

shortnkerley's said...

Von Tungeln thing reminds me of Neil Dougherty continuing to put his inept son out on the basketball court despite being completely overmatched. Are we sure that VT isn't Schloss's long lost son?

And yeah, I think Joe Weik's bat are going to be coming more sparingly, mainly against lefty pitching.

Spit Purple said...

Anyone else notice that we lost our hitting coach and our hitting has been in the tank? I'm no baseball scholar but I would certain think there could be some connection there.

pt2tons said...

Here's an ugly stat: 62 TCU base runners stranded over eight games (7.75/game average)

Tanner said...

geeze. thats rough 2tons.

VT needs to go, I agree. DH of all things. not good.

oh and the ERRORS!!! I'm restarting the 2011 baseball season....

now.