Oklahoma State (20-13, 4-7)
2B Davis Duren
SS Tom Belza
C Kevin David
LF Nico Rosthenhausler
3B Mark Ginther
RF Kevin Chambers
1B Dean Green
DH Dane Phillips
CF Dusty Harvard
P Andrew Heaney (5.70 ERA, 14 BB/28 K)
SS Michael Liberto
3B Andrew Thigpen
1B Aaron Senne
C Brett Nicholas
RF Dane Opel
LF Russell LaFleur
2B Eric Garcia
DH Ryan Gebhart
CF Blake Brown
P Brad Buehler (6.33 ERA, 4 BB/21 K)
This is Gebhart's first start of 2010, which is very nice to see. The speedy outfielder ran into some injury problems earlier in the year and was passed on the team's depth chart, but he showed some nice promise in his freshman year of 2009.
Buehler struggled in his start last week at Oklahoma, allowing six runs (one earned) in 3.1 innings, but he didn't walk a batter while striking out six. That theoretically should bode well for his start today—if he gets better defense behind him, he could put together a nice start.
Bottom 3—Missouri's getting chances to score but not converting so far. A couple of check-swing, bases-loaded strikeouts by Ryan Gebhart and Blake Brown in the second killed what looked to be a golden scoring opportunity in the second. In the third, Missouri was unable to capitalize on an error that put men on first and second with two out when Dane Opel grounded out to second.
Meanwhile, Brad Buehler has thrown the ball very well so far.
Top 4—I guess I jinxed Buehler. As soon as I wrote that he's looking good, he gives up a couple of base hits to put Oklahoma State up 1-0. The RBI single went to Kevin Chambers.
Of course, as soon as I wrote that he had given up that RBI single, Buehler gets Dean Green to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning, stranding a runner at third.
Aaron Senne connects for a flyout in the bottom of the first. Senne was robbed of extra bases on a diving catch by OSU right fielder Kevin Chambers.
Brad Buehler delivers a pitch in the top of the second.
Brett Nicholas singles up the middle to lead off the bottom of the second.
Dane Opel is hit by a pitch in the bottom of the second.
Ryan Gebhart can't check his swing and is called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second.
Gebhart walks back to the dugout after his second inning strikeout. The strikeout came in Gebhart's first at-bat of the year.
Blake Brown strikes out with the bases loaded to end the bottom of the second.
Bottom 4—After Ryan Gebhart singled and Blake Brown walked with two out, Michael Liberto got jammed and grounded out to short to end the inning. The two more men left on base pushed Missouri's total LOB to seven in just four innings.
Bottom 5—With runners at the corners, Brett Nicholas hit into a double play that scored Andrew Thigpen to tie the game at one. Thanks to some sloppy Oklahoma State defense, Dane Opel and Russell LaFleur were on third and second with two out, but Eric Garcia grounded out to end the inning.
So even though Missouri scored to tie the game, they left two more on base. That's now nine on the game.
Top 6—All it took was one hanging slider from Brad Buehler to give Oklahoma State the lead back. With one out and a runner on first, Kevin Chambers ripped a double on that hanging slider into the right-center field gap that put Oklahoma State up 2-1.
Buehler was pulled from the game at that point, finishing with 5.1 innings pitched. His walk-to-strikeout ratio was much worse (three walks/two strikeouts) than it was against Oklahoma (one walk/six strikeouts), but the results were better as Buehler only allowed three runs (one earned) in his start this afternoon.
A sacrifice fly by Dane Phillips off Phil McCormick gave Oklahoma State a 3-1 lead.
Bottom 6—Missouri ties the game in exciting fashion. After Aaron Senne drove in Ryan Gebhart on a sacrifice fly, Brett Nicholas came up with Andrew Thigpen on first and Blake Brown on second. He hit a two-strike pitch on the ground to second baseman Davis Duren, who bobbled the ball. Nicholas dove head-first into first base and was called safe as Brown raced around to score the tying run from second.
Bottom 8—Dane Opel gets hit by a pitch with two out to load the bases but Russell LaFleuer grounds out to third to end the inning. The three men left on base pushed Missouri's LOB total to 14. If Missouri ends up losing this one, they're going to look back on a lot of unrealized opportunities they had to put themselves ahead.
Top 9—Phil McCormick, who entered the game in the sixth and pitched very well in his 2.2 innings of work, gives up a solo home run to Dean Green to lead off the inning. Oklahoma State will take a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning.
With a lefty-heavy lineup, it's easy to see why coach Tim Jamieson left the sidewarming McCormick in the game. But on the other hand, with a well-rested bullpen thanks to Zach Hardoin's effort Saturday, there are going to be some second-guessers as to why McCormick was in the game for so long.
I don't see a huge problem with it, though. McCormick was throwing the ball well and he probably told the coaches he was good to go another inning.
Michael Liberto flies out to lead off the bottom of the eighth.
Dane Opel fouls a pitch off in the bottom of the eighth.
Opel is hit by a pitch to load the bases in the bottom of the eighth.
Russell LaFleur grounds out to third with the bases loaded to end the bottom of the eighth.
Bottom 9—After a two-out single by Andreas Plackis, Michael Liberto flies out to right to end the game. The loss means Missouri is still searching for its first Big 12 series win of the year.