Saturday, June 18, 2005

Devils went down in Omaha; Time for baiting Gators

Joba Chamberlain had another impressive performance last night, though I jinxed him at the end of the 5th by commenting that he was cruising, and it was only a matter of time before the Husker bats started hitting line drives into the gaps instead of right at somebody. Not more than 5 minutes later, the Devils had loaded the bases and were taking the lead. Thank goodness Pat Murphy misplaced his stop sign, because ASU's Colin Curtis was easily tagged out at home plate. That play turned the momentum back to the Huskers, and that momentum gave the Huskers the lead back in the bottom of the 6th.

So now the Gators are up next. You really have to like the Huskers chances now, with "GI Johnny" Dorn on the mound, and Brian Duensing in the pen in case there is any trouble. Zach Kroenke only threw 2/3 of an inning, so should be in fine shape to pitch in a 3rd game.

Tom Shatel had a weird take on the pitching matchups for the rest of the week. I assume that the game 4 starter will be Duensing, assuming that any action he might see Sunday will be for 1-2 innings. If somehow they need a game 5 starter on Thursday, I'd assume we'd see Dorn (if he doesn't last long tomorrow) or Chamberlain (1 day early).

A better plan is to beat the Gators, making a "5th starter" unnecessary.

Just to irritate some of the anti-Huskers, I might see if I can find my old '96 Fiesta Bowl t-shirt for tomorrow.

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