There are times in a man’s life when he sucks really bad at that thing he’s good at, making everyone question whether or not he’s actually any good at that thing, only to perform the thing at his expected level again to make every observer nod their head and understand the difficulty of maintaining a high level of consistency within athletic competition throughout a long period of time.
With that said, Rollie Lacy was on fire tonight. He commanded the strike zone with authority, getting nearly every hitter he faced off balance and in a tough situation. He faced some trouble in the first inning, allowing a single to the first batter he faced, then letting that batter get to second after throwing wide on a pickoff move. He then proceeded to bean the next batter, loading the bases, yet struck out the next guy and got a fielder’s choice on a ground out to the batter following.
It was 1-0 at the end of the inning but he got out of it. For that, for whatever it’s worth, was enough for him to go the next 6.2 innings and not allow a single run. He did give up six more hits in that span, but at one hit per inning? That’s pretty dynamite.
For the second game in a row, Tommy Luevano hung dong into the left field bullpen. Unlike the dinger on Tuesday, Luevano’s dong tonight was massive, catapulting itself into the back wall of the bullpen, tying the game at 1 in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Luevano would acquire 3 hits on the evening, with the rest of his team accounting for the remaining 6. 1⁄3 of the hits on the night, no matter the opponent, is always an impressive feat.
After Luevano’s dong, the Bluejay offense rolled a big fat ‘5’ on the board in the 4th, with Jason Allbery laying down one of the most beautiful bunt base hits I’ve seen to date, with Will Robertson, Riley Landuyt, Parker Upton, and Clark Brinkman keeping the run train moving, each collecting an RBI.
The Jays struck again in the 5th with Luevano leading things off with a single up the middle, eventually being driven home by a sharp line drive by Bryce Only. Will Robertson lasered a double down the right field line, just past the first baseman’s glove, and drove in Only.
That score would hold when the 27th out was solidified. Ethan DeCaster would come in and finish the game off for Lacy, striking out two and allowing just two baserunners to the six batters he faced.
The Bluejays improve to 8-12 on the year and will face Winthrop again at 2pm tomorrow afternoon.