Monday, March 26, 2012

Rough Weekend


As many little slip-ups as the Frogs have had even their best seasons, most of them have been in mid-week, non-conference games. By dropping 2 of 3 to New Mexico in Albuquerque this weekend, the Frogs lost their first conference series since 2009. When you bat .240 as a team for the weekend and your pitching staff allows the other team to hit .363 (team ERA for the weekend: 8.31), you might have to consider yourself fortunate to have gotten out of town without having been swept. Here are a few notes from the weekend, focusing more on the positives:

-While the pitching staff had a bad weekend overall, the bullpen was fantastic enough to earn the Frogs a 5-4 victory on Saturday. Nick Frey, Justin Scharf and Kevin Allen combined to toss six shutout innings- allowing just four total base runners during that time. Allen, it should be noted, now has a 13 2/3 inning shutout streak going.

-The four errors committed in the first five innings of Friday's game were ugly. After that, though the TCU defense stiffened up, and has a 21-inning error-free streak coming out of the weekend.

-Jason Coats continued his success at the plate, going 6-14 on the weekend with a double, a home run and six RBIs. He also had a stolen base. His batting average now sits at .303, and he leads the team with 21 RBIs on the year.

-Brett Johnson, who was one of the poster boys for TCU's offensive struggles in the early part of the season, had a bit of a breakout himself. He went 5-7 for the weekend with a double, two stolen bases and three RBIs- including the game-winner in the top of the 9th on Saturday.

-The Frogs are getting healthy finally, with Kevin Cron and Jantzen Witte both returning to the lineup this weekend. Witte had two RBIs in Sunday's loss, but Cron was 0-6 on the weekend. Still, though, Schlossnagle having every player available to use will be valuable going forward.

-There is still one game left to go in this nine-game road trip (tomorrow night at UTA), but the Frogs will not have to leave Tarrant County for the next three and a half weeks. After the game in Arlington, TCU will have twelve straight home games before heading back out on the road on April 20th.

2 comments:

Tanner said...

man. i'm going to count this one a brain fart. please don't do this to me again frogs. new mexico batted around twice in two innings yesterday. the FIRST two innings.

on a side note, i seem to have a new bizarro "tanner" posting here as well, so from now on I will sign my posts as "OG Tanner"

HFrog77 said...

I now realize how spoiled we got over the last 3 years have 7 or 8 guys in the starting batting order hitting over .300.

Now we have 3. But we have 4 guys with 49 or more at bats hitting under .200. Yikes! The back-end of our batting order is an opposing pitcher's dream.

Unless our starters pitch better than they did over the last 4 games, there's only so much the few bats we have will be able to do to crteate wins.