Tyler Gilfert Closes the Door on Marlins Comeback as Brewers Win 8-6

Caps off an incredible TEAM effort where every player contributed to the win!

Updated Wednesday May 22, 2013 by Coach Solivan.

 

Our Brewers hosted hometown rivals the Marlins yesterday evening and pulled together as a team to chalk up their first win of the season. We started the game behind as powerful Marlins hitting earned two runs in the first inning, but the Brewers defense kept the flow of opposing runs to a trickle while at the same time racking up runs of our own. By the third inning, the Brewers had taken the lead, and they wouldn't give it up again for the rest of the game as Brewer after Brewer crossed home plate. Some of the key highlights of the game, in no particular order, were:
  • Starting pitcher Jack Solivan was dialed in, giving up only 4 walks and 4 runs in 7 innings. He now has a WHIP of 1!
  • Brandon George finished the game with a .500 On Base Percentage, and a run scored
  • Dustin Pedroia hit onto base in both plate appearances
  • Emerson Miles finished with a .660 On Base Percentage and a great catch in the outfield
  • Penny caught a hard fly ball in right field to save us from a Marlins score
  • Anthony "Ant" Dearholt was a cheetah (giraffe?) leading the team on Stolen Bases with 2
  • TK smacked a single and burgled a base as did Tyler Manmiller (two thirds of our three-Tyler strategy)
  • Jacob "Janky" Rogers lined a perfect single getting an RBI
  • Connor Boyle was a wall at catcher, as one Marlins baserunner found out when trying to steal home. Connie does not move.
  • Tyler Gilfert shut the door on any hopes of a Marlins comeback in the top of the 7th inning by fanning the last two batters
  • Finally, a new term was coined last night. If you are up to bat, and you foul off 8 pitches in a row then hit for an RBI, you have done a "Letterman". His battle with the Marlins closer helped wear him down and the extra run batted in helped us seal the deal.
 
There was one truly disappointing moment during the game when coach Boyle gave clear instructions to Tyler Manmiller to "flash some leather" during an inning. Manmiller did not come through and coach Boyle was not pleased. "But...the ball was never hit to me this inning" protested Manmiller, but coach Boyle was in no mood for excuses. We hope such beligerence is an isolated incident and won't happen in the future.
 
Enjoy the win, team! You earned it. Our next game is this Thursday at 5:45 when we visit the Kutztown Diamond Backs at the Kutztown Babe Ruth Field (directions here). Please be there at 5:00 so we can have some time to warm up. I'll see you then and GO FLEETWOOD BREWERS!!!




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