Tennessee Cooking [Monday College]

This past weekend the Braves played in Cookeville, TN against the Golden Eagles from Tennessee Tech.  This the second weekend of the season, and Bradley

Here’s the setup for the series:

• Friday – RHP Allan Beer (BU) vs. RHP Michael Wood (TTU)
• Saturday – LHP Ben Olson (BU) vs. RHP Jake Usher (TTU)
• Sunday – RHP Eric Scheuermann (BU) vs. RHP Devin Lancaster (TTU)

It wasn’t the bullpen’s problem alone in Friday’s loss, and three pitchers gave up 15 hits and 13 earned runs.  My Braves couldn’t match that on the offensive side, despite 2 solo HRs and a double…they only put up 7 runs on 12 hits.

Saturday was a much better outing for them:  they topped the Golden Eagles 7-5 with a 2 RBI homer in the 11th.  The two Lukes (Shadid and Mangieri) combined for 5 hits and 2 RBIs but DH  Derek Bangert had 3 RBIs himself including the 2 from the HR in the 11th which won the game.  Of the 5 runs the defense gave up only  2 were earned..the three errors on the night left room for 3 unearned runs, which could have come back to bite them without the extra inning HR.  Starter Ben Olson gave up 4 hits and no earned runs but those three runners still came in on his watch.

Sunday’s rubber match was a shootout. Despite giving up a huge rally in the 6th (8 runs) and 7th (3 more) the Braves lost 16-14 to move to 3-3 on the year.  I haven’t had a chance to look at all the stats but the Braves had multiple homers and some good bats, especially in the 8th while trying to mount a comeback.

Braves used pitchers and only one of the 16 runs was unearned.  The bats are better than the pitching though with FIVE of the Braves sporting a 900+ OPS. I’m looking forward to my first outing to Dozer park to see them.


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