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Sports Commentary 4/4/14 Lightning Strikes

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Sports Commentary 4/4/14

wtic player bkgrnd Sports Commentary 4/4/14 Lightning Strikes
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you know what they say about lightning strikes, times two, what the odds are…here we are, just five days, give or take a couple of games in australia, into the baseball season and we’ve already seen a lot of lightning…who would think it would strike twice in one day, at the exact same moment, when there were only two games being played at the time…obviously it was an eventuality that escaped major league baseball when it devised it’s new replay central system for taking a second look at calls on the field…with a system that allows for a replay only on a challenge from the manager, who would have thought that two managers, in two different games would call for replays at just the same time…the call went to replay central to determine if white sox outfielder adam eaton dropped a fly ball or caught it and dropped it on the transfer…simple review, take thirty seconds to a minute at most to make a determination, keep the game moving as the design of the rule goes…six minutes later the play was reviewed…they got a busy signal from replay central, which was already at work reviewing a call in the indians-a’s game…how often do you see two pitchers flirting with a no hitter on the same day, in the same game…well, this year anyway, we’ve already seen it once…on wednesday two pitchers, aaron harang, a late spring add on to a braves rotation that’s looking more like a mash unit, and matt garza of the brewers locked up in six scoreless innings, each taking a no hitter to the seventh…garza gave up a homer to chris johnson in the top of the seventh to lose the no no and the shutout on one swing, hagang gave up a lead off single in the bottom of the seventh…first time in four years two pitchers in the same game have taken the bid for immortality past six innings…ted lilly for the cubs, gavin floyd of the white sox the last to do it…it looks like the rock cats showed up for the eastern league season with lightning in a bottle…last night they let it out and beat the flying squirrels 10-2 in their opening game…the kid from naugatuck, pat dean, got the first two batters he faced, then gave up two hits, the second a homer, then settled down to fan five straight on the way to five and a third innings of three hit, two run, seven k work…but he was only half the story…rock cats manager jeff smith said he had a lineup that might lead to a more agressive approach on the basepaths, and he didn’t need lightning to strike twice to prove it…he went right to work on that in game one…the cats scored twice in the bottom of the first, the runs scoring from first and second on a two out double by nate hanson, who nearly made it to third while the runner from first, speedy corey wimberly, was scoring, but got cut down on a close seven to three to five play…the second lightning strike for the cats came in the fourth when reynaldo rodriquez went from first to third on a ground ball to second that was played cleanly to first, he then scored on a throwing error by the first baseman, who wouldn’t have gotten him…they scored three runs in the eighth on two hits…this could be one fun baseball season…forget those odds about lightning, it’s already striking all over the place…with a comment from the sports world, i’m scott gray…

 

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