Sunday, April 16, 2006

Harvard loses, 10-8

...splitting the weekend series. What an odd weekend this has been. This game featured really rough outings for Unger, Warren and Cole and then three sparkling innings from 2005 All Ivy reliever Steffan Wilson (who hadn't pitched much at all this season) and two from Lance Salsgiver. If there's any way the Crimson can get innings out of these guys in a pinch consistently down the stretch, this is a much scarier team.

Perhaps we'll also be left wondering why Brunnig wasn't saved for the fourth game start after his spectacular start the previous week (especially since Unger was very strong in relief that same game), particularly if it seems that Salsgiver and Wilson were also available to pitch in the second game yesterday. But maybe that wasn't the case. And who's to say the net result wouldn't have been the same, since Brunnig's mastery in relief kept the Crimson in the game in yesterday's nightcap. They got a win out of him this weekend.

Very, very interested to see what the Crimson has to say about these matters, and Adam Cole, tomorrow. For now, there's at least the fact that Harvard has not lost any ground. Brown dropped three of four over the weekend to Dartmouth. Dartmouth and Harvard are now 9-3, Brown and Yale 8-4.

A note: The single-season Harvard record for stolen bases is 34, set by Howard Burns in 1927. The Ivy-era Harvard record is Hal Carey's 25. Matt Vance has 22. Ten regular season games remain, with the possibility of more.

The Beanpot starts this week, with your defending Beanpot Champions taking on Northeastern in Lynn, Mass. on Tuesday. I won't be there, but I hope WHRB will.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still wondering why Cole was used Sunday after throwing 61 pitches the day before. Walsh had Wilson and Salsgiver fresh, what was he waiting for.

Brian said...

Because that is how Walsh deploys his staff ace. For further information, please refer to the career exploits of either of these gentlemen:

http://harvardbaseball.blogspot.com/2006/04/crockett-and-birtwell.html

Anonymous said...

I don't know if that young man is the staff ace, but by using him one day after throwing 61 pitches is one big step towards over-use.

Brian said...

yes, but i think it is safe to say harvard traditionally errs on the side of overruse, for better or worse. looking at the boxscore, i wouldn't doubt walsh was prepared to go longer with cole if he hadn't given up back-to-back hits to start the fourth. not saying it's right or wrong, just saying he's probably looking for a bulldog. but hey, maybe wilson's and salsgiver's performances will make it a moot point going forward--maybe they can be the lights-out, late-innings guys instead of walsh feeling like he has to revert back to the starters.

Anonymous said...

Ok my buddy who lives across from Adam Cole (in Thayer) said that Coles roommate said he could barely straighten his elbow tonight and is really really worried. They said he should go to the doctor tomorrow ... did something happen during the game? I know he threw back to back days.

Anonymous said...

Whoever this other anonymous person is they need to stop making up things. Adam Cole is perfectly fine and he had no problem going into game 2. So wherever you got ur bad information from, you should stop posting until you know the facts

Dr. James Andrews said...

I agree with "anonymous," Adam is perfectly fine. He flew down to my offices earlier today and I examined his elbow. Although his Ulnar Collateral Ligament was so loose that it opened up like a window, I gave him a cortisone shot, and he'll be fine to make another back-to-back start and relief appearance next weekend.