Hurricanes Baseball Reporter
To beat a quality team, you must be a quality team. You have to play to perfection with no flaws to one’s defense, an offense that comes to play, and a BP to close the door. Tonight, Miami had none of these qualities other than a quality starting pitcher who came to play but did not receive the support he needed in all facets of the game. Florida on the other hand took advantage of every mistake Miami made and capitalized with runs. Statistically, both teams’ numbers were pretty much the same in almost every category. The most glaring difference was in errors and for everyone we made it cost us in runs. Florida last night was not at their optimum best leaving 12 runners on base mainly due to our pitching and quality defense. Tonight they only left one. Miami left the door open in 3 innings (1,3,9) and we paid dearly. Karson Ligon in his second start was spectacular going 7 full innings, striking out 8 without giving up any free passes. One of the three hits was earned and instead of 3 runs, should have had zeroes across the board. The three runs that were shown were from the failure of the defense to properly execute. When Miami had a chance to get back into the game, we had no Closer to turn to nor the bats to come through with timely hits. Florida ties the series at one and tomorrow it is the rubber match with winner take all.
Rubber stamp the lineup as the same as last night with the exception of the 9th batter. Replacing Gaby Gutierrez in left, Gino went with LH Edgardo Villegas. Since the Towson series, Lorenzo Carrier has gone 0-12 and has seen his average go from .500 to .250. His defensive play has been marginal at best and after tonight it should be obvious to even Gino that he is an error waiting to happen as I related on opening day. As one of my readers related our right fielder is no fielder. It is time he is benched and start utilizing one of our many talented OF who can hit and field. He is a liability in the outfield as seen tonight.
A deflated Miami fateful exited in mass with their heads shaking with hopes and dreams that Jake Garland, a better performing defense, and an offense that will start generating the power button will be able to take the rubber match. If needed Andrew Walters may not have a choice and closeout to salvage a final victory to take the series.