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gophersfan
05-30-2009, 10:13 AM
Winner stay alive, loser and there season over.

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gophersfan
05-30-2009, 12:10 PM
that how you do it Gophers.

the lead off hitter hit a grounder to 2nd and Southern with a throwing error, runner on 2nd. next batter a single to the outfield. 1-0 Gophers.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 12:13 PM
Gophers put another on the board. Mike Kvasnicka single to score Derek McCallum and it 2-0 Gophers.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 12:16 PM
still 2-0.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 12:20 PM
Top of the 1st is over. 3-0 Gophers.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 12:51 PM
4-2 Gophers lead.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 01:18 PM
Gophers lead 5-3 heading to the bottom of the fourth. We had a chance at a big inning in the top of the fourth, but effectively ran ourselves out of the inning.

Hopefully, big Seth will sharpen things up in this frame as the last two have been shaky at best.

JohnnyGopher
05-30-2009, 01:55 PM
Just started watching in time to see Gominsky get his third hit of the day, a lead off triple and then get stranded at third. Seth with a four pitch inning and a great diving catch by Decker in the sixth.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 02:07 PM
Gophers breaking the game open. 3 run 7th so far. 8-3.

JohnnyGopher
05-30-2009, 02:09 PM
Gominsky a two run double, 8-3, Justin is 4 for 4, a double and a triple, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 02:14 PM
Gominsky has been our best guy on the day by far. He's got four hits and is a home run short of the cycle. He's also rescued a few guys who have struggled with situational hitting.

Seth has also settled down a bit after having a little trouble in the second and third innings.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 02:17 PM
Big Seth out, Rasmussen in with the lead-off runner on for Southern in the bottom of the seventh and no outs.

Another pretty solid outing for Rosin. Hopefully the pen gets the job done and we can start thinking about tomorrow in a couple of innings!!!

JohnnyGopher
05-30-2009, 02:24 PM
Luke hits the first guy and then on a little grounded back to the mound, he bobbles it and runner is safe on the error so bases loaded, one out and now Fern in, Gophers season could be on the line right now, need to get out of this with only a run or two at the most scoring.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 02:30 PM
Bullpen blowing the game.

JohnnyGopher
05-30-2009, 02:30 PM
Fern comes in and gives up back to back singles. The first one Gominsky's throw was way up the line or else we had a sure out at home.

Now he throws a wild pitch and gives up a third single and the DAMN game is tied at 8. Anderson might of overthought this one and left Seth in or stayed with Rassmussenn a little longer. Fern is getting rocked and the Gophers season is close to being over.

He finally gets an out but then another hard single and then he balks runners to second and third before getting final out.

what a disaster of an inning.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 02:32 PM
Well, that didn't take long.

Two guys come in, can't get any outs, and give up five runs with still no one out. Now 8-8 and Southern has all the momentum in the world.

This is starting to look a lot like the Penn State game that cost us the Big Ten title. Only this time, if they continue to not be able to get outs, our season is over.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 02:32 PM
Southern tied the game at 8. ouch.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 02:37 PM
Geez that was pitiful. Wasted a good outing by Seth. Going to have to score a whole bunch of runs over the next couple of innings because the bullpen is again proving to be unreliable.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 02:48 PM
Gophers take the lead back at 9-8.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 03:00 PM
The one big problem I had with the top of the eighth is after having watched the opposition score at will against two of our bullpen pitchers, we offensively start playing for a single run, even though it appears that won't be nearly enough. That's happened a few times this year and it seems to always come back to bite us.

So we play for one run, which we were lucky to get at all, and put more pressure on bullpen pitchers who have already choked away a lead. And now, Fern gets one out and the next two guys get on base (not exactly a surprise given the way he pitched last inning) and now we have to sweat it out.

Seems stupid to me, but that's apparently how we're coached to play it.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 03:03 PM
For about the umpteenth time during the year, Matyas comes in and saves our bacon. :)

Thank god we have a reliable closer.....

Son of a Badger
05-30-2009, 03:04 PM
Nice pitching and a nice catch to get out of the 8th. Hopefully, we can add a couple of insurance runs in the 9th.

JohnnyGopher
05-30-2009, 03:11 PM
wish we hadn't thrown Maytas yesterday as we are really wearing him out and there is still a long ways to go, good job getting out of the inning though.

Lead runner on, Gominsky bunts him to second and Nohelty gives the gophers a little cusion with a two out single up the middle, 10-8.

Now AJ delivers a two out single to make it 11-8, would be nice not to have to use Maytas in the ninth but we would need about 3 more to make that happen.

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 03:13 PM
we add a run in the 9th. 10-8.

Son of a Badger
05-30-2009, 03:15 PM
2 runs in the 9th 11-8...come on gophs.

JohnnyGopher
05-30-2009, 03:22 PM
After getting rocked 24-8 by Georgia, Ohio State comes back and beats Marist today 6-4. Indiana also lost and gets Vandy.

Son of a Badger
05-30-2009, 03:22 PM
1 down man on 2nd

gophersfan
05-30-2009, 03:25 PM
Gophers win 11-8 to stay alive. they move on to to play tomorrow.

Son of a Badger
05-30-2009, 03:25 PM
Way to close it Maytas!

JohnnyGopher
05-30-2009, 03:26 PM
Gophers WIN 11-8!!!!!


Survive and advance is the name of the game. Now we get to sit and rest until tomarrow and get most likely Baylor again with Chauncy on the mound.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 03:27 PM
Matyas buckles down after the lead-off man reaches and overpowers the final two guys to seal it 11-8.

If there is such a thing as a disappointing win, this was it. But hey, at this juncture, a win is a win and we get to play another day. Still, the guys made that one much harder than it should have been.

MrGopher
05-30-2009, 03:27 PM
nice job guys!! scared me there for an inning or two... but im past that :)

MRJ
05-30-2009, 03:32 PM
Okay, so Ohio State won 6-4 and we win 11-8.

As for Indiana? they're getting smoked 10-0 by Vandy in the eighth. Ouch!!!

Well, at least there will be two Big Ten teams still playing tomorrow.:o:o

Lincoln gopher
05-30-2009, 03:34 PM
The bats came to life, nice to see the win. The annoucers on ESPNU were talking about Baylor diring the Georgia/FSU game. Kyle Petersen, who is the best when it comes to college baseball, said Baylor is a scary team. They have played very poorly for a good chunk of the season, but they have a ton of talent. They were rated for the first 60% of the season. He still picked LSU to advanced. I like the Gophers chances tomorrow if they play Baylor for some reason.

BoogeyMan
05-30-2009, 05:14 PM
Good win for the Gophers. A win is a win at this point in the year. Seems to be a lot of second guessing Anderson's coaching at this point. The guy has won 1000 games, I dont care who you are, please stop 2nd guessing every decision he has made (this is basically directed towards you MRJ). Of course the game was closer than we are all hoping, but after Southern ties up the game, you have to play to get a run there and not trying to break the game open. Our bullpen has been pretty solid all year, so if we can take the lead, you do that and hope your bullpen can keep the lead. Playing to break the game open is not what we needed. Rasmussen and Fern struggled a little, but if you score just a single run and put some pressure on, chances are Southern won't keep up, they really aren't that great of a team. I agree that for some reason, I really like our chances tomm. if we get Baylor. They have tons of talent, but have been so inconsistent that I do not think they will put together 2 good games against us. Go Gophers, I know it is a long shot to take this regional by winning tommorow and then having to beat whomever twice in the title game, but at this point in the year, you just have to take it game by game and hope your pitchers can get some outs and the guys can keep hitting.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 05:22 PM
Good win for the Gophers. A win is a win at this point in the year. Seems to be a lot of second guessing Anderson's coaching at this point. The guy has won 1000 games, I dont care who you are, please stop 2nd guessing every decision he has made (this is basically directed towards you MRJ). Of course the game was closer than we are all hoping, but after Southern ties up the game, you have to play to get a run there and not trying to break the game open. Our bullpen has been pretty solid all year, so if we can take the lead, you do that and hope your bullpen can keep the lead. Playing to break the game open is not what we needed. Rasmussen and Fern struggled a little, but if you score just a single run and put some pressure on, chances are Southern won't keep up, they really aren't that great of a team. I agree that for some reason, I really like our chances tomm. if we get Baylor. They have tons of talent, but have been so inconsistent that I do not think they will put together 2 good games against us. Go Gophers, I know it is a long shot to take this regional by winning tommorow and then having to beat whomever twice in the title game, but at this point in the year, you just have to take it game by game and hope your pitchers can get some outs and the guys can keep hitting.

You can be mad at me all you want. As a trained sports writer, that's what I do. I don't just accept every decision that's made as being the right one. If you want to, that's great. More power to you. I have praised coach Anderson and the team when they have deserved it. And I have never said coach Anderson isn't a good coach, no matter how much you want to imply that's what I'm saying.

I'm going to raise legitimate questions when they arise. If you don't like it, then tough.

MRJ
05-30-2009, 05:44 PM
Good win for the Gophers. A win is a win at this point in the year. Seems to be a lot of second guessing Anderson's coaching at this point. The guy has won 1000 games, I dont care who you are, please stop 2nd guessing every decision he has made (this is basically directed towards you MRJ). Of course the game was closer than we are all hoping, but after Southern ties up the game, you have to play to get a run there and not trying to break the game open. Our bullpen has been pretty solid all year, so if we can take the lead, you do that and hope your bullpen can keep the lead. Playing to break the game open is not what we needed. Rasmussen and Fern struggled a little, but if you score just a single run and put some pressure on, chances are Southern won't keep up, they really aren't that great of a team. I agree that for some reason, I really like our chances tomm. if we get Baylor. They have tons of talent, but have been so inconsistent that I do not think they will put together 2 good games against us. Go Gophers, I know it is a long shot to take this regional by winning tommorow and then having to beat whomever twice in the title game, but at this point in the year, you just have to take it game by game and hope your pitchers can get some outs and the guys can keep hitting.

I thought since Boogeyman was so offended by what I wrote, I will clarify. Here was my thinking: We had entered the seventh inning holding a nice 8-3 lead and had Seth on the mound. The leadoff man gets on and Anderson makes a pitching change, which was absolutely the right call. Rasmussen comes in and two more guys get on, and with no outs, we're facing a bases-loaded situation. Coach Anderson makes another move to the bullpen, again the correct call since Rasmussen was clearly struggling. Fern comes in, gives up two big hits and we end up giving up five runs without recording an out. We finally make it out of the inning tied 8-8.

Now we go to the top of the eighth. We get the leadoff man on and play for one. My thinking was this: based on what we just saw from the bullpen, I didn't think one was going to be enough, which was what my point was. Based on bullpen performance and our situational hitting earlier in the game (mostly due to failing to get Gominsky in after a lead-off triple along with getting a guy thrown out at home on a double-steal attempt), I thought playing for one was risky. And it looked as though we weren't even going to get that until a two-out single scored the go-ahead run from second.

Then comes the bottom of the inning in which Fern retires the first guy and the next two get on, creating a similar situation in which it looks like trouble brewing. Then Anderson makes another pitching move, getting in his best reliever in Scott Matyas, who slams the door. That was my thinking on that inning. And taking everything into account, I would have still had the same questions for Anderson, if I had been interviewing him after the game.

In this case, it worked out. A similar attempt against Penn State did not. That is the basis for the question I raised from a professional stand point.

The tone I used, which was harsh, came from the point of view of a fan. But from a professional standpoint, that was why I was questioning the move.

BoogeyMan
05-31-2009, 09:19 AM
Who cares if your a trained sports writer, it was a stupid question either way. Of course you play for the lead late in a game. The bullpen struggled and blew the lead, but what happens if you don't get any runs there? Now you tied with one less at-bat, and any momentum you may have had left is gone. In a game like that you do not want to worry about busting the game open, you play for the lead again. Maybe thats just a differences of philosphies here I guess. I suppose maybe I was harsh earlier, I have no problem with people questioing coaching moves, but I just couldn't disagree with you more in this situation.

MRJ
05-31-2009, 11:45 AM
Who cares if your a trained sports writer, it was a stupid question either way. Of course you play for the lead late in a game. The bullpen struggled and blew the lead, but what happens if you don't get any runs there? Now you tied with one less at-bat, and any momentum you may have had left is gone. In a game like that you do not want to worry about busting the game open, you play for the lead again. Maybe thats just a differences of philosphies here I guess. I suppose maybe I was harsh earlier, I have no problem with people questioing coaching moves, but I just couldn't disagree with you more in this situation.

Stupid to you perhaps, but as someone who has seen many college baseball teams lose games on this strategy, I would have asked this question regardless. The rest of your point is fair though. Differences in philosophy is probably the best way to describe it. One man's stupidity is another man's thoughtfulness.

But on another level, that's what makes sports in the United States so fun (or painful as the case may be:p). Everybody has a different philosophy on the correct way to play different situations.

My main reason for being concerned was the game against Penn State, in which we didn't get that one run we played for after losing the lead and ended up ultimately losing the game. If the strategy had worked in that game, I may have thought differently, but I saw similar parallels happening and I responded with an overly emotional response. And I readily admit that Anderson's decision worked out this time; that's what makes him a great coach and me a sports writer. But even Anderson admitted in the Star Trib this morning the team didn't play a very good game and won "in spite" of themselves, so I wasn't the only one who saw problems. Kudos to him and his team for persevering. I, on the other hand, questioned some things and will continue to do so.

You are right, it all comes down to perspective though. You have your point of view and I have mine. Hopefully we can come to some kind of middle ground in future posts. :);)