Sunday, March 23, 2008

The three relievers that followed Cain were nearly as good, if not quite as dominating. Steve Kline, Brad Hennessey and Jack Taschner threw 3 innings of 1 hit 1 walk ball and gave up only a single unearned run. Kline threw 3 straight groundball outs. One of them was on a grounder to the hole at SS, where Brian Bocock ranged far out (about 15 feet) onto the outfield grass to backhand the ball. Bocock then showed off his cannon of an arm by throwing a perfect strike to get the runner at 1B. Hennessey gave up a 1 out double, followed by a walk. The unearned run scored when Justin Leone fielded a sure DP ball at 3B and then thew the ball into RF instead of to 2B. Hennessey got out of the inning on a 6-3 DP by the next batter. Taschner had yet another 1-2-3 inning to close out the game. It is interesting to me that Jack has closed the game in his last 2 or 3 appearances. A lefthanded closer being groomed?

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