UH baseball first impressions

February 19th, 2011

>> First of all, got to love the fighting spirit. It was a hallmark of last year’s team. A 3-run rally in the eighth to win the opener 4-3 is a very, very good omen.

>> Great first at bat of the game by Breland Almadova. When the leadoff batter sees nine pitches, that means his teammates see nine pitches, too.

>> Four errors (could have been three or five because of some close scoring calls) has to be an aberration if the Rainbows are to win consistently.

>> Matt Sisto was very sharp for most of his 6 1/3 innings. Great pitching effort all around by relievers Blair Walters and Lenny Linsky, too.

>> The Rainbows have gotten picked off base way too much in recent years. Tonight Almadova and Kolten Wong were both picked off. Sure, it’s going to happen now and then as the cost of doing business for an aggressive baserunning team. But twice a game is too much.

>> Great crowd

>> Great pace. The new rules for saving time between innings and pitches did their magic, without changing anything fundamentally important about the game.

15 Responses to “UH baseball first impressions”

  1. steve:

    Great game and your comment are right on. One thing I noticed was the different sound of the new bats. Also the outfielders played well on some difficult hit balls.

  2. Randy C:

    First of all, living in Oregon I didn’t stay up long enough to “listen” to the entire game (followed it on a blog from a writer who was there). I can only guess that Tyler Anderson was the Oregon pitcher who picked off two of the Rainbows’ baserunners. He’s exceptional at doing so, Oregon prides itself in doing it, and I know it’s frustrating but I wouldn’t expect that to be the norm for your season.
    This should be a fun series and I really wish I was there right now (low 30′s and snow in the Willamette Valley this week!).
    On a side note, I umpired Pony League games for a couple of years in Honolulu in the late 70′s so I know first hand of the quality of youth baseball on Oahu. Good luck this season.

  3. protector:

    Great way to start a season against a ranked opponent! I truly hope that when the Ducks get back home that they terrorize the teams they play. Otherwise, UH’s strong showing against them is diluted.

  4. BigJnHI:

    Great game! Errors hurt, as did the runners left on base. Guess the coaches are falling asleep again on first and third base. Runners picked off and one held up on third that “could have” scored the winning run. But we needed the drama of a passed ball to get the runner home. Great win against a great team! Let’s get three more now! Hana hou!

  5. Kaiminaauao:

    Your comments are on target dave. As for the pickoffs, I think you just have to credit the Pitcher – he had an awesome move. Almadova initially read the move and took one step back to first. He thought the Pitcher was going to the plate, did not continue back to first and got caught.
    With Wong’s pickoff, it appeared he was stealing on the Pitcher’s first move. This is pretty common with a Pitcher that has a move like that.
    Of course time will tell if pickoffs recur. For now though, love the excitement this team brings.

  6. Leathergloves:

    This team is exciting bottom line. Even my gf who never watches baseball says she is excited for the season and wants to go to one of this weekends game.

  7. Calvin Kuniyuki:

    What a great place to watch baseball! Huge line going in last night; I was surprised that the turnstile count was not higher. But would you ask UH about the lights, which were “lights out” in a literal sense? I would say that more than half of the bulbs were dark in left field and only a little less in right center. Halogen lights are expensive, I was told, but you gotta fix that.

  8. Leathergloves:

    Jim and Pal both were talking about that last night. I think thats next on UH’s agenda for Les Murakami stadium, however it takes a lot of money to replace the bulbs. They may just want to redo the whole lighting system, but that may cost millions.

  9. Dave Reardon:

    Of course, the bats … As we saw, if you hit the ball correctly, it’s still going to go a long way, like Swasey’s triple.

    The lights … That obviously needs to be a priority to fix, also on the softball field.

  10. mike okihiro:

    Great game, great crowd.
    No question, gotta fix the lights. Some of the banks had a third or more out. Hazard for the ball players and hard to follow the ball for us old guys.

  11. Un Oligschlaeger:

    I love the way you write and also the theme on your blog. Did you code this yourself? I’m very very impressed.

  12. Jere Feliu:

    There is noticeably a lot to identify about this. I suppose you made certain nice points in features also.

  13. Golden Harritt:

    The weather was bee-eee-eee-YOOTiful today.. so I finally mowed the lawn… if you know what I mean…

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