01.Mar.2012 Baseball: Oregon State vs. St. Mary’s (@ Arizona)

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Ben Wetzler and his 7.84 ERA take the mound at 10am today. Beavs starters have a combined 7.15 ERA and only 14 strikeouts in 34 innings. The story this year has been (lack of) pitching and defense. The offense has actually been quite good (at least by OSU standards), and that's what's kept them in games.

We'll probably have to suffer through one more weekend of Wetzler, Baylis, Childs, and Wilkerson before Pat Casey accepts reality and puts Boyd (and Schultz, though he has been bad so far) in the rotation. Cole Brocker can fill Boyd's role. Jace Fry is about a week away. I expect him to join the rotation on 3/9 in Corvallis.

St. Mary's starts Martin Agosta (1-0, 0.60). The team is 5-3 overall and not very good. Beavs should win if they get a decent start.

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  • sparkyd73 says:
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    anyone have a link for the game?

    • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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      Live radio on KPOJ AM out of Portland..

      • sparkyd73 says:
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        I don’t live in Portland and their online stream is a political show. I cannot believe that the only way to get the games on RADIO is to pay for it if you don’t live in the Portland area. The Athletic Department really has a great handle of their target audience.

        • angry angry says:
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          Seriously, they expect people (a) to pay for radio or (b) pay to listen to Mike Parker!?

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            Parker is not calling the game. He must have opted or been ordered to stay in Corvallis for the basketball games. JB

          • oneoldbeav says:
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            Same as last year, Jay Reece (sp?) from Bend broadcasts most of the spring games while Parker stays with Basketball.
            This Reece guy is kind of interesting but not able to do a great job of play-by-play. I don’t imagine he gets much full time support on the broadcast and believe his performance demonstrates how hard it is to keep up a running commentary and description of the action. Many here dislike Parker but he does keep up with the action and has an interesting vocabulary.

          • Occupy Angry Beav says:
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            Who did Parker piss off to have to watch the Basketball instead Baseball.

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          Sorry I didn’t realize they would run two different programs. I guess their online audience wouldn’t care about a local ball game. JB

          • sparkyd73 says:
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            No problem, just frustrating. Your local supporters have free access to radio, so you make your non-locals pay. Just poor marketing, baseball is not a sport that many will pay for radio access to.

        • StarcraftSquall says:
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          Go to radio84.com to get the KKNX feed out of Eugene. They stream all games that don’t conflict with basketball.

  • angry angry says:
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    St. Mary’s up 2-0

    (Wetzler stinks)

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Two run double by Keyes, tied at 2. Runners on second and third and no outs. Beavers need to get at least two more runs in

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Sac fly by Dunn and RBI single by Gordon and it’s 4-2 Beavers

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Jake Rodriguez behind the plate is always an adventure and it costs the Beavers a run. Defense in this inning hasn’t been good.

  • JD says:
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    A passed ball with a runner on 3rd. What is this? Little League?

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Casey doesn’t appear to be happy with Jake, pulled him for Ryan Gorton.

  • angry angry says:
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    Casey is pushing his luck with Wetzler…

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Now it’s tied. Beavers never make things easy on themselves. Brocker may just try to vulture a win for himself.

  • JD says:
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    Time to do some damage against the St. Mary’s pen.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    St. Mary’s goes deep and it’s 5-4. Brocker has not been good in relief.

    • StarcraftSquall says:
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      Can we get some relief from this pitching?

  • StarcraftSquall says:
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    Not terribly impressed with Jay Reece as an announcer, either. He cannot keep track of the pitch count, and frequently forgets to focus on the game.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Conforto leads off 8th with a single. Man, he can really hit.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Conforto on third with two outs. Need a clutch hit from Gorton

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    They don’t get it and now they’re down to their final 3 outs. This would be a bad loss. Can’t lose games to teams like these.

  • StarcraftSquall says:
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    How many LOB does that make since the season started? It’s a ridiculous amount.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    I’d like to see Tyler Smith hit for Gordon in the 9th. Tyler is the better hitter and has a better eye at the plate.

  • StarcraftSquall says:
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    Thank goodness Barnes is holding his side of the field or this game would be a lot worse.

  • JD says:
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    Time for Dunn to snap out of his slump. Need to get the lead off runner on here.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Lead-off by single by Dunn in the 9th

  • JD says:
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    They should sac with Gordon and let Smith hit for Matthews. Whoops got out of order there.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Gordon walks. Runners on first and second and no outs for Tommasini. He’ll likely sacrifice bunt here

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    I didn’t like the bunt there. Pitcher was struggling to throw strikes. Have to at least make him throw a strike.

  • StarcraftSquall says:
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    Tyler Smith pinch hitting for Ryan Dettman.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    I think Tyler Smith gives the Beavers the lead here

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Tyler Smith doesn’t even make contact. Bad at-bat. Now all the pressure is on Barnes to get a clutch hit.

  • StarcraftSquall says:
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    It would be appropriate if Barnes gets the game leading hit. He’s been saving the Beavers bacon all afternoon.

  • JD says:
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    Different game, same story. Poor pitching and leaving way too many runners on.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    I absolutely hate it when coaches give a struggling pitcher an easy out. Allows him to get more comfortable. He was having all kinds of trouble keeping the ball in the strike zone and Casey gave them a free out on the sac bunt. You HAVE TO make him throw a strike. Got to make him work, Beavers don’t give him a free out and the Beavers may be still batting.

  • StarcraftSquall says:
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    Oh well, at least there’s still basketball today… (hey, I nearly got through that sentence with a straight face!) 🙂

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Pitching wasn’t good but giving up 5 runs isn’t too bad, the offense just didn’t anything after the 5th inning. Feels like they lost focus and hard to re-gain it. Frustrating loss that can’t happen. This team has some issues.

    • steveEbeaver says:
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      Not going to win many games if you only score in one inning. And not running the broadcast online for free hurts some of us locals too.

  • angry angry says:
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    Wetlzer stinks. Can’t go sub-6 innings and give up 4 runs to St. Marys and call yourself a #1. Maybe once in a career, but he does this every start. The guy isn’t even back end of the rotation material. Casey dropped the ball.

    Overreaction or after two years of this can we admit the guy stinks?

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      I say give him another start, and if he can’t get it done again, then it’s safe to say he stinks.

      • Beavergopher Beavergopher says:
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        Great. Now we suck at baseball. This is not NEAT1

    • steveEbeaver says:
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      Maybe a little overreaction at this point in the season but it’s not looking good. He’s only a sophomore so it hasn’t been two years yet, he was charged with 3 earned runs and one of those Brocker should’ve kept off the board. He did lower his ERA today, it’s now 6.75 and last year he had the highest ERA of the starters at 4.66. PC does seem to put a lot of stock in him though, even last year when he was struggling. I am gravely concerned though that once we get to conference play that he will get rocked.

  • Timber! says:
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    I trust Casey no matter what. I’d rather have him than any other manager.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers and Winthrop tied at 3 going to the bottom of the 7th. Winthrop got 3 in the top of the 7th thanks to a fielder’s choice RBI and a two run single that hit Dan Child. Bad luck there for the Beavers. Inning was extended though thanks to poor defense, again.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers have runners on first and third and 1 out for Hayes in the 7th

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