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  1. #181

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    Milwaukee got 5 in the 1st on a 3 run homer and 2 run shot. Gophers tried to battle back but same story as we have seen much of this year just couldn't get any timely hits. Left the bases loaded at least a couple times in the game and at least 1 of them they didn't get any runs after loading them with 1 out. Some bad base running decisions late in the game also cost them one on a guy going halfway instead when he should've been tagging easy and another where guys setup to tag and the ball hit off the top of the wall and the outfielder was at least a good 5 feet away from the ball still. Some positive though Patrick Fredrickson pitched 2 innings and worked around a a leadoff baserunner each inning. Looked pretty comfortable and control was pretty solid aside from the 1 hit batter although it seems like Fredrickson has always had a tendency to hit a guy here or there. As much as you wanna win every game the midweek really doesn't mean much to the Gophers anymore as they will have to win the B1G tournament to get to the NCAAs. Big series this weekend with Ohio State to help solidify a spot in the conference tournament.



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    Wasn't pretty but Gophers survive to win game 1 even with leaving something like 25 men on base. Game was like 5 hours and 45 minutes so the teams decided to move the double header to tomorrow and that will start at 10:00 AM.


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    Gophers take game 2. Sam Thoresen goes 6 solid allowing just 2 runs only 1 earned on 1 hit. Patrick Fredrickson was solid out of the bullpen scattering a couple hits in a couple innings of work and Jeff Fasching finished things off pitching the final 2/3 of an inning picking up a couple strikeouts. At the plate the Gophers left 8 on in the first three innings and missed out on some great opportunities in the first couple innings. Gophers got homeruns from Eddie Estrada, Jordan Kozicky, and Andrew Wilhite in the game and doubles from Estrada, Eli Wilson, Easton Bertrand, and Chase Stanke.


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    Gophers complete a huge weekend sweep with a 3-2 win. A solo homerun in each of the first 2 innings for Eddie Estrada and Jordan Kozicky and a 2 out walk to Cole McDevitt followed by a full count double right on the line in shallow right field was enough offense for the Gophers. Josh Culliver went 4.2 innings, Ryan Duffy went the next 3, and Jake Stevenson went the final 1.1 to finish things off.


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    Nice sweep. The team really needed that as a series loss would have put us pretty close to the border of even making the conference tournament. Now we should be squarely in. Let's close out strong against Maryland and Northwestern and make some noise.

  7. #187

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldy Gopher View Post
    Wasn't pretty but Gophers survive to win game 1 even with leaving something like 25 men on base. Game was like 5 hours and 45 minutes so the teams decided to move the double header to tomorrow and that will start at 10:00 AM.

    I think it was the 10th inning when we had bases loaded and one out. Why not lay down a bunt to get the run, isn't the suicide squeeze used anymore? Instead, we hit into the double play to end the inning.

  8. #188

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    Big series sweep there. Barring a massive collapse looking good for the conference tourney now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Livingat45north View Post
    I think it was the 10th inning when we had bases loaded and one out. Why not lay down a bunt to get the run, isn't the suicide squeeze used anymore? Instead, we hit into the double play to end the inning.
    It can be if you have the right guy at the plate. Also, it's a lot tougher with a force out at home w/ bases loaded. If a tag is required, then the throw home has to be perfect to the catcher in order to make the play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big10guy View Post
    It can be if you have the right guy at the plate. Also, it's a lot tougher with a force out at home w/ bases loaded. If a tag is required, then the throw home has to be perfect to the catcher in order to make the play.
    With a suicide squeeze, the runner crosses the plate before the throw can be made. The batter just has to get the ball on the ground. I don't watch baseball that much, but used to play it a lot. I just don't see the suicide squeeze used any more -- maybe the "safety squeeze" every now and then, but that's about it.

  11. #191

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    Quote Originally Posted by Livingat45north View Post
    With a suicide squeeze, the runner crosses the plate before the throw can be made. The batter just has to get the ball on the ground. I don't watch baseball that much, but used to play it a lot. I just don't see the suicide squeeze used any more -- maybe the "safety squeeze" every now and then, but that's about it.
    Probably because present-day players don't know how to bunt period, both amateur & pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Livingat45north View Post
    I think it was the 10th inning when we had bases loaded and one out. Why not lay down a bunt to get the run, isn't the suicide squeeze used anymore? Instead, we hit into the double play to end the inning.
    Max Meyer was at the plate and he is an all right bunter but the suicide squeeze is risky. I've watched every Gopher baseball game that has been on TV or streamed and haven't seen a suicide squeeze all year and only maybe a couple safety squeezes. Bigger problem in that situation was Max was over aggressive and swung at a couple bad pitches including the one he tapped back to the pitcher. Have to be looking for a pitch you know you can handle and not give in to the pitcher and chase a pitchers pitch at least until you get to two strikes.

  13. #193

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldy Gopher View Post
    Max Meyer was at the plate and he is an all right bunter but the suicide squeeze is risky. I've watched every Gopher baseball game that has been on TV or streamed and haven't seen a suicide squeeze all year and only maybe a couple safety squeezes. Bigger problem in that situation was Max was over aggressive and swung at a couple bad pitches including the one he tapped back to the pitcher. Have to be looking for a pitch you know you can handle and not give in to the pitcher and chase a pitchers pitch at least until you get to two strikes.
    The bigger risk is hitting into a double play, which he did. With bases loaded the pitcher has to be coming into the strike zone, for any decent batter laying down a bunt should be a lot easier than hitting a ball to the outfield. All you have to do is keep the bunt from being caught in the air. Get it on the ground and it's game over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Livingat45north View Post
    The bigger risk is hitting into a double play, which he did. With bases loaded the pitcher has to be coming into the strike zone, for any decent batter laying down a bunt should be a lot easier than hitting a ball to the outfield. All you have to do is keep the bunt from being caught in the air. Get it on the ground and it's game over.
    There's probably a much greater chance of bunting into a double play in that situation than hitting into one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GophersInIowa View Post
    There's probably a much greater chance of bunting into a double play in that situation than hitting into one.
    Agree. If it was so easy, you'd see it more. Lots of bad things can happen. If he misses bunt, player out at home. If it goes in air, double play. If opposition sniffs it out and pitches out, out at home (or if pitch is way out of strike zone). Foul ball, gives up a strike. Plus, 14 knows if Max has any chance of successfully laying one down even if he gets a decent pitch to bunt. I trust John's judgement of this.

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