bleedCrimson.net: What a crazy weekend, kind of an "old bat" weekend where you never really felt like any lead was safe.
Rocky Ward: San Jose's offense was pretty solid. They moved the ball and the scoring conditions were good on the last day, they were not necessarily on the first two. We didn't have any wind at all on Friday and Saturday and our park plays really really big when there's not any wind. We hit some balls pretty hard in both of those games that stayed in the park. They had the one home run and that guy really crushed it. Overall it was pretty good baseball.
bc.net: Let's talk about some of the numbers from this weekend, you win the series against a very good San Jose State team and you trailed 19 1/2 out of the 32 innings that were played.
RW: Yeah. That's what made it good baseball I guess. We've had two odd stat weekends the past two weeks in the fact that you look at LA Tech's series statistics, we should have gotten killed. They had a 2.00 ERA and we had a 6.00. We hit .200 and they hit something like .320 and yet we split. The same thing with this one. We trailed a lot of the game but won three out of four. I guess it means we're finding a way to win.
bc.net: You hadn't been real pleased with your offense last weekend at Louisiana Tech, you come back home and face a really good pitching staff in San Jose State and your ballclub hits .426 and scored 48 runs.
RW: Yeah, we're really good at home. I'm still concerned about how good we're going to be on the road and that's pretty important with three road series left and only two at home. I keep going back to the fact that the three ballparks we played at were really difficult offensive yards. We're starting to come together. We had a little bit of the same that that happened to us a year ago when we lost Mike Sodders and Ben Harty, it kind of brought them together a little bit. With Parker being out this past weekend and probably for the Reno weekend as well, along with losing a couple guys on the mound, guys kind of pulled together a little bit and overall the ballclub has played better together. We want Parker back as soon as possible obviously but the kids, in particular game one, you're facing Padilla who is one of the best pitchers in the league, and you give Tyler Owens his first start and he has the key base hit to get us moving in the game. Ty Forney obviously had a great weekend overall and is the Hitter of the Week and Kurt Snowley had a couple key hits in the game.
Everyone wanted to talk about Ty Forney's play, he made a great play late in the first game on a dive that shut down a rally for them and people kept talking about Ty at second base but I've always liked Ty at second base better it's just that I've got Parker Hipp there and Parker is one of the best second basemen in the country. Ty has a lot of flexibility to play both second and short and so I wasn't uncomfortable at all with him in the move to second. Zach Voight played solid baseball at shortstop. Snow had an okay weekend but the one thing you overlook sometimes not only as fans but as coaches is that when you have a guy that's playing a game or two a week and suddenly you ask him to play all four, it's tough on him physically and mentally and I thought he fought through it pretty well. Continue Reading This Post >>