They took a hard one on the chin against Louisville to open their Omaha set, 8-4, and there’s a certain poetic appropriateness that they should crash out of the CWS at the hands of TCU, with whom they played a 16-inning monster in the super regionals back in 2010. No such luck in 2017, though.
In the highly anticipated evening session, Florida and Louisville met for an absolute gem of a matchup. The Cards’ Kade McClure throws as hard as anyone in the game, with a fastball that reach up into the mid 90s. So no surprise, then, that he should retire the first three batters he faced.
Florida strong arm starter Brady Singer who cussed and hollered like a champion after Game 3 of the Gainesville super was suspended due to weather took the mound for the Gators, and he also struck out the first batter he faced. His mechanics are rigid, nearly robotic, and it’s little wonder that he also took down the side in order to begin the outing. Oh yeah, he can throw 95 consistently, so there’s that.
McClure dusted off the side in order to start the second, and Singer allowed the game’s first hit on a liner to left, but still neither team could break through and the pitchers’ duel was on.
I promise that I haven’t looked at Rizzo’s batting average on balls in play yet. I have absolutely no idea. But it’s going to be at least 75 points below his career average. Here we go, I’m going to look … opening the page … and …
It’s .284, which is 78 points below his career average. I swear on my Willie Mays bobblehead that I didn’t write the preceding paragraph for effect after doing research. I didn’t even go back and change the part about 75 points. It’s not that I’m good at this, it’s that sometimes, it doesn’t have to be complicated.