BASEBALL: Miami update file

Before I could finish writing and filing the first game and get my lineup down in my book, Miami had taken a 2-0 lead on Nathan Baker.

Blake Tekotte looked like he’d been watching video of Ole Miss’ right side bunt defense when he laid one down and ran uncontested past first base.

Jemile Weeks, a Rebel killer in the 2006 Super Regional doubled to the left field corner to drive in the run, then scored on a ground ball.

It’s 3-0 now, because before I could finish this post Ryan Jackson, the shortstop, hit one off the scoreboard, with just a little less gusto than Power’s grand slam.

It’s 3-0. The good news is there are two outs. How long could this last?

Because I already have a projected winner in mind, and because this could get pretty ugly, there won’t be a lot of intense blogging here. I’ll focus on the gamer and on some other things, but I will have updates from time to time.

6-hole hitter Davie DiNatale singled sharply up the middle, and Mike Bianco made his first trip to the mound. Mike should just get a timeshare on the mound.

Justin Cryer is warming up in the pen.

I’ll have an update later.

— PA


58 Responses to “BASEBALL: Miami update file”

  1. Will Says:

    “Because I already have a projected winner in mind, and because this could get pretty ugly,”

    What the heck does this mean? Am I the only one who gets tired of your anti-Ole Miss rhetoric? Are you disappointed that Ole Miss has gotten this far and you are actually having to work a little? Go on down to the beach and let a real objective sports writer file the stories!

  2. djrebel Says:

    Thanks for checking in Will.

    My point is Miami is a really good offensive team, and I’m sitting here watching them tee off on Nathan Baker. Maybe that changes. Maybe Baker recovers and things slow down. I do know that when a team is seeing a starting pitcher for the first time through the order and hits him as hard as Baker was hit three times, it’s not a good sign.

    It’s not a slight against the Rebels. It’s the reality of where Ole Miss is with its pitching against a team averaging 9.6 runs a game.

    Ole Miss’ chance to win this game and tomorrow is to hit with the Canes. Power and Overbeck came through in the first, Overbeck with a blast out of the park at right-center.

    As I type here, Zach Miller just caught a line drive smash for the first out in the top of the second, and Baker just walked the second batter.

    Maybe Ole Miss will light it up on offense.

    The Canes are back at the top of the order now.

    — PA

  3. Will Says:

    You are setting yourself up with very little wiggle room, PA. Report that it is now 3-2 if you are are going to tell this other crap. I usually enjoy your posts and the information you give, but this strikes me as very unprofessional and not very objective.

  4. EglinReb Says:

    OK, PA what is up with the pitcher’s necklace? Seems to be the same one Bittle was wearing in first game.

  5. djrebel Says:

    First off, it is 4-2 Miami at the moment. Canes have runners at the corners with two outs. Six hits so far.

    Eglin, not sure aboutthe necklace. I can’t see it from up here.

    — PA

  6. djrebel Says:

    Baker got out of the second with a swinging strikeout of the third baseman Sobolewski.

    4 runs, 6 hits for the Canes.

    Ole Miss is coming to bat.

    — PA

  7. gmvbham7 Says:

    Although I am a bulldog fan PA, I think you do a great job. Very insightful blogging on baseball. Is baseball your favorite sport?

  8. EglinReb Says:

    How long before we see Cryer or Morgan?

  9. djrebel Says:

    Zach Milller had a double off the right field fence in the second but was thrown out on a freak play. A wild pitch by Miami’s Erickson was so bad it went over the catcher and all the way to the back stop just about on the fly. Miller took off for third, but the ball bounced back to the catcher Grandal, who threw out Miller with room to spare.

    Miami’s Jackson, who homered in the first, just hit one to the gap in right-center. He tried to stretch it into a double but was gunned down by Michael Guerrero.

    That was followed by an error on Overbeck, and Dennis Raben just hit the longest home run I’ve seen here, and the Canes lead 6-2.

    Baker is out, and Justin Cryer is in.

    — PA

  10. djrebel Says:

    Final line on Baker: 2 1-3 IP, 8 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, no walks, 1 strikeout.

    Cryer has given up two hits to two batters. Miami has scored three runs in the third and is batting iwth a man on second and two outs.

    It’s 7-2 right now.

    — PA

  11. djrebel Says:

    Rebels go in order in the third. Canes up 7-2 and coming to bat in the fourth.

    — PA

  12. EglinReb Says:

    TV Announcers have been hitting the “tired and hot” description of us all game. I wonder if it looks like that to you, PA? I wonder if that applies to you?

  13. djrebel Says:

    I don’t notice that Eglin. I see the same hustle. I saw some good swings against Erickson early. He has settled down a little bit. Got Overbeck on the curve balls for a strikeout here a minute ago.

    I don’t see Ole Miss “dragging,” but I see a fresh Miami team hitting against guys who aren’t the “go-to” guys on the staff. Now, Cryer threw a scoreless fourth and just got a strikeout here, but now as I type he’s given up a double, his second of the game.

    These guys will get some outs, will get outs for a string of batters maybe, but they aren’t likely to hold down the Miami offense indefinitely.

    What I see is not unusual for a team trying to fight through the loser’s bracket. You have to win with hitting, and Ole Miss is up against a very talented offensive team.

    Another point on the “tired” deal. Jordan Henry just gave a long, long run, then dove for a fly ball in foul territory. He got a nice round of applause from the Miami crowd for his effort. I’m sure he isn’t fresh, but he did not look tired.

    — PA

  14. djrebel Says:

    Thanks GMV. Actually I still enjoy all sports. Been doing this a long time, but there’s something different, something that I enjoy about each sport.

    What I like most about baseball is that the coaches are more laid back, generally speaking, than they are in football and basketball. There’s pressure with these guys too. Their jobs are on the line with wins and losses just like everybody else.

    But when you play 56 games you don’t have time to get your briefs wadded over the small things.

    I enjoy a well-pitched game with good defense, and I enjoy baseball, because it gets me outside in the spring.

    — PA

  15. djrebel Says:

    Cryer has slowed the Canes a little bit with two straight scoreless innings, but Ole Miss has not scored since the first.

    It’s 7-2 with Miami coming to bat in the top of the sixth.

    — PA

  16. charleston11 Says:

    And Bianco will be enjoying an interview at Auburn next week.

  17. djrebel Says:

    Think so?

  18. farley662 Says:

    Poor PA. Have you not learned you can’t be honest with these Rebel fans? After all, they should have been hosting a regional and blah blah blah.

  19. djrebel Says:

    Farley, how you been, man?

  20. farley662 Says:

    Good. Smoked some ribs on the grill today. Had O-Town smelling good.

  21. djrebel Says:

    Cryer sets the Canes down in order in the sixth. Honestly, Miami players look a little less focused right now, like they’re trying to hit home runs. Some really high towering pop-fly outs right now.

    Fuller Smith just flied out to CF to lead off the bottom of the sixth for Ole Miss. Would have been a gapper had it been a little lower, but Miami’s Blake Tekotte ran it down.

    7-2 Canes still.

    — PA

  22. djrebel Says:

    That sounds great. Can’t get any bar-b-cue around here.

    — PA

  23. farley662 Says:

    You mean the Cubans don’t cook BBQ? Bet you could get a mean cigar.

  24. flareb Says:

    Hang in there. You get your digs in but always appreciate your insight. It seems that no day is complete without and what I am now convinced is one of Barak’s former pastors………..Farley and his “infinite words of wisdom” from “One syllable U.”

  25. djrebel Says:

    I’m sure there’s a Cuban equivalent, but I haven’t gone out looking for Cuban food. I’ll tell you that while these folks struggle to put on a baseball game from the standpoint of facilities and and the simple media services that are standard in the SEC, they do have some nice concession fare here, some healthy options with salads and wraps, and a hand-dipped ice cream and milkshakes. There’s a free lance guy behind third base selling some Cuban dishes too.

    — PA

  26. djrebel Says:

    Flareb, thanks for checking in. I put in a dig, but I also give credit where it’s due. Whereabouts in Florida are you? Are you close by?

    — PA

  27. farley662 Says:

    So is this the point where flareb is gonna try to get me banned again? Oh sorry, I meant, “So is this the point where flareb is gonna try to get me banned again?”

  28. flareb Says:

    I’m about two hours north of you straight up 95……headed up to Atlanta on Tuesday a.m. and had to much to do this weekend or I would have made the trip down.
    I agree on all counts and that’s why I value your opinion and continue reading on a daily basis.
    Farley, as a peace offering I’ll provide you a cuban when I come to Oxford. I’m expecting a tangent any moment on the blog and I’m trying to beat you to the punch.

  29. rebelfan38652 Says:

    that looked inside on smith

  30. flareb Says:

    Your english teacher would be proud and even more…….”I’m impressed.”

  31. farley662 Says:

    No tangent. Been a good day for me. Bama got beaten in the WCWS. Ribs were very tasty. Had a few Miller Lites. Have not been kicked out of anything all week. And I’m about to watch the WEC mma special on Vs network.

  32. farley662 Says:

    meant beat. not beaten.

  33. djrebel Says:

    The strikeout by Smith was his 80th of the year. The school record for strikeouts by a freshman is 47. We can’t find the overall record.

    Matt Smith has the tools to be an excellent player. He’s very athletic on defense and on the basepaths, but the strikeout issue is something he’ll have to improve in the off-season.

    Canes still up 7-2. They’ve got a runner at second with one out in the eighth.

    Cody Satterwhite is in the pen for Ole Miss.

    — PA

  34. bc Says:

    Couple of points to address:
    1. Will, I read this blog daily along with several others including websites like Scout and Rivals.I don’t know where you get your PA anti Ole Miss bias at.If you didn’t think the Rebs would be a decided underdog vs the Canes with Ole Miss coming out of the losers bracket then you just need to mix yourself another drink and be sure to add the Red and Blue koolaid.
    2.I’m certainly glad to know that MSU doesn’t have ANY irrational fans, right farley?

    Excellent coverage as always PA. I personally like getting truth no matter how painful it might be.

  35. djrebel Says:

    Thanks BC.

    — PA

  36. farley662 Says:

    Never met one bc. I’ll let ya know if I do. LOL!

  37. djrebel Says:

    Cryer stopped the bleeding four four innings, but Tekotte just tripled to drive in a run. It’s 8-2. Tekotte was left at third when Weeks grounded to second.

    I figure Cryer’s done. Solid outing. He gave up four hits, two runs. Some of the outs were hit hard. Guys got off good swings, but he limited the runs.

    Tekotte’s hit just now was a triple and not a single, because Henry made a diving effort for it in right.

    — PA

  38. bc Says:

    I would be glad to introduce you to a few that I know.
    BTW….beer, grillin’ ribs, and living smack dab in the center of God’s country.You might be a Dawg, but you’ve certainly overcame that obstacle.Congrats.

  39. djrebel Says:

    Satterwhite is in the game.

    — PA

  40. farley662 Says:

    Funny stuff bc. Proves all OM fans are not jerks. Most, but not all. Love me some PA and the meth man!

  41. bc Says:

    If you want a near 100% jerk crowd, try you some Bammer.Everything else is just cheap imitation.

  42. farley662 Says:

    That’s by far my most hated rival. I hate the Bummers. For the most part, OM folks are fine. It’s the ones who never set foot in the classroom that tend to be the jerks. Never had a problem with a student here. It’s always the 30-40 somethings that act like morons.

  43. flareb Says:

    Easy Farley………or I’ll rescind that Cuban.

  44. farley662 Says:

    Can’t smoke flareb. Allergic to cigar and cigarette smoke. Will take some imported beer though.

  45. methuselah1933 Says:

    me luv yu too farley, hope draws banana tree get bananas soon dis ole ape off to jungle dem rebels boy off too but dey get big $$$$soon in nother uniform maybe some be braves

  46. Raleighrebel Says:

    ESPNU finally gave up on us and switched to the UVA and Cal-St game, but just saw online that we lost. Great season Rebels. Played a great SEC tourament and fought a really hard regional tournament. Looking forward to next baseball season.

    Thanks for all the great baseball coverage this year, PA. I’ve been a big fan of your blog ever since the Coach O firing and search for a new football coach began. Keep up the great work.

  47. Patrick Says:

    Just checking in to agree with points already made by BC and Raleighrebel: great job, PA.

  48. Will Says:

    Well, PA you got this one right, but it still doesn’t change the fact that you gave up on the Rebels early on. When you add this to other comments you’ve made, it sounds like you often have a projected winner in mind early in the game. What you and Fartey may consider blatant honesty and objectivity, to the “untrained and ignorant reader” appears to be a bias against Ole Miss regardless of the sport. I continue to read, but I don’t view your reporting to be the best source for information regarding the Ole Miss program.

    And as for Mr. Farley, a typical MooU fan at best you are! Go on over to the Dog Website and speak honestly about the dogs!

  49. Will Says:

    I agree the Rebels were an underdog in this game. But what has that got to do with a beat writer saying in the first inning of the game “I already have a projected winner in mind.” Have the Rebels not occasionally shown some offensive explosion this season? Is it wrong to want to read with hope that the Rebels still have a chance in the next 8 innings.

    This PA love-fest is great, and I really would like to join in, but I, too, speak with honesty and I honestly believe deep within PA is not a very objective reporter when it comes to the Rebels. Others, such as yourself, may see it differently. I am not accusing him of not doing his job. Only that he occasionally writes about the Rebels with a negative slant.

    As for mixing a drink, it’ll be a Dasani and Crystal Light if anything. “I get no kicks from Champagne, mere Alcohol does not thrill me at all.” Maybe you should try that approach! 🙂

    Go Rebels!

  50. bigdraws Says:

    Meth, I’ll be throwing out bananas at the next state home game. Will is a newcomer, we’ll forgive him.

  51. djrebel Says:

    Will, I appreciate your opinion. I just call it like I see it.

    I do believe I was wrong on a couple of counts tonight. Cryer did a good job of slowing Miami. He strung together a few scorless innings, and had Ole Miss been able to hit Erickson the game would have been more competitive.

    I think after Miami jetted to the 7-2 lead it relaxed a little bit. Looked like they were swinging for the fences at times.

    Take nothing away from Cryer, though, who finishes the season with two solid outings, today and last Saturday in relief of Satterwhite against Vanderbilt. It will be interesting to see where he figures into the mix next year.

    It did get ugly, but it didn’t get ugly until late.

    Tomorrow is travel day, and I’m going to go sign in for my flight and sign off here.

    Good night all.

    — PA

  52. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Will Says: To you sir, I have been a Rebel fan for 65 years, original from Oxford area. I believe if you go back to the beginning of this baseball season, that I stated that the window of opportinuity for the Rebels making it to Omaha was closing. Obviously, it has closed for this season. From all my viewing of PA reporting on Ole Miss Sport he has did an outstanding job. PA I appreciate all that you have done in bringing the Ole Miss Sports to us. A Job well done.

    As for Farley, that is between the two of you. But, just a word to my friend Farley, your grilled ribs sound good but maybe need to change your beer to Natural Light. Also, all my years at NW I never passed english . It doesn’t really matter now because I see that it was a waste of my important time. English is just one of those optional thing used now days. I still remember a few words in french and german that I picked up while in the USAF serving in those countries. Don’t think I should tell them here.

  53. farley662 Says:

    Good point about the beer JB. If i’m gonna live in Oxford I should drink the beer of the Confederate flag waving rednecks.

    I sure hope Will isn’t the Bardwell fella. If so, anything you say automatically becomes a moot point.

  54. va reb Says:

    PA, thanks for your great coverage of the Rebels this year. You are the first blogger I have read consistently and I join JB in sending thanks from Virginia. Keep up the good work and will be looking for some football news soon. All the best, Larry

  55. methuselah1933 Says:

    PA, thank you for bring Rebel sportnews to jungle, otherwise, us ole primate would be left in darkness about some outside world sports. See where farley change beer, may even start carry confederate flag to join gang. Possible digging up some his confederate money spend it too. Just kidding farley.

  56. bigdraws Says:

    I take offense to the Natural Light comment.

  57. djrebel Says:

    Thanks Larry. I appreciate all you guys who read and participate. Keep it up.

    I know you’re not close to Virginia Tech, but I really enjoyed seeing that campus back in the NIT run. Beautiful place, and you can sense there the feeling of unity that we all had back after 9-11.

    — PA

  58. L2 Says:

    I do not reply to blogs very often, but just wanted to say thanks for all the blogging this past year PA. No one can please everyone all the time – but I will say I appreciate all the updates and info you put out to us all throughout the year.
    Keep up the great work & thank you for your personality. Let’s get ready for some football.

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