The first thing I did after writing my last post was to check the results from the minors today. Before telling you what I found, let me share with you what I'm wearing today: a t-shirt with the phrase, "To Save Time, Let's Just Assume I Know Everything."
What am I right about this time? The effect of leaving runners on base. Conventional wisdom: "WE MUST HIT WITH RUNNERS ON, EVEN IF THAT'S THE ONLY TIME WE HIT." Jeff: "[Y]ou know what, that's a dumb stat."
Nashville won tonight, 10-8, over the Oklahoma Redhawks:
Orie extended his season-opening hitting streak to a current team-best eight games with his 2-for-4, three-run effort. Durrington followed suit, running his hit streak to seven games with a 2-for-2 night that also included a pair of walks and two stolen bases.
Pat Borders (2-for-4) and Ryan Knox (2-for-3) also added multiple-hit efforts for the victorious Sounds, who stranded a season-high 12 men on base including leaving the bases loaded twice.
And there it is...stranding twelve. Imagine how painful it must have been to watch the inning die with the bases jammed--twice! In a close game! This is surely the kind of play that demoralizes, crushes, dooms a team to a loss!
Except when it doesn't.
To be fair, the Sounds's batting average with RISP probably wasn't sub-.200, as the Crew's has been lately. But it can't be too hot if they left 12 guys on base.