Friday featured some pretty good pitching. Saturday featured some pretty good hitting.
But the Milwaukee Panthers are not going to take the final game of their three-game set with the Tennessee Volunteers unless they put it all together.
Chad Pierce did a pretty good job for the Panthers on Friday. With the exception of one notable inning, he pitched an awesome game, stopping the Vols in all but the second inning, when a Khayyan Norfork double cleared the loaded bases and gave the Vols all they needed to win.
And while the bats did come alive (Milwaukee had 10 hits on Friday), none of their hits came when it mattered; the Panthers left 10 men on base on Opening Day, and if they had strung together a few hits with those guys on, maybe they’d have won the game.
Conversely, Saturday the Panthers hit the ball well and got them home. Sure, one of the runs was scored on a wild pitch, but he had to be on third to score, right?
Spotted a 3-1 lead, Jayme Sukowaty gave up three earned runs in four innings of work, then watched as Eric Semmelhack gave up three runs in his first inning as a Panther. Luckily he calmed down and pitched fairly well over the next two innings, but the damage had been done, and it took late inning heroics for Milwaukee to even be in the hunt.
Despite giving up 11 runs in the first two games, the Panthers’ pitching has been pretty decent to start the season.
What can’t continue is this: in their 0-2 start, the Milwaukee Panthers have stranded 21 runners, 10 on Friday and 11 on Saturday. Had half of those runners been brought home, we’d be looking at a 5-4 victory on Friday and an 11-7 victory on Saturday.
So as you turn your audio up to listen at UTSports.com at noon today, hope Jordan Guth can have a good outing, but more importantly, cheer the Panthers on to knock home those they do put on base. Because timely hitting is what’s gonna help this team avoid the brooms.
But it’s not as though Saturday’s game
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