For all of you baseball fans that missed my weekly up..."/>

For all of you baseball fans that missed my weekly up..."/>

Thursday Wildcat….Baseball Stuff


For all of you baseball fans that missed my weekly update yesterday, I apologize….what?…no fans, at all? Well screw that, living the life of an international playboy and highly successful blogger took me away from my computer yesterday and I couldn’t get you the news. And we won’t have any foreplay this time, but maybe I’ll look you in the eye while I’m giving you the updates today. The Wildcats had another rough week, going 2-3, but when they won, they made damn sure they counted. The Cat’s dropped one to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 6-3, but that is what we in the business call kelp, and if you’ve ever watched Sealab 2021, you know kelp is crap. The real business of the last week was conference play, and then the filthy Cardinals on Tuesday before taking a break until Friday for the Florida Fightin’ Tebows. Here are the game results:

4/2 v #10 Arkansas (W 12-8)- Traveling to Fayetteville for the first time this year, Big Blue baseball started off white hot, scoring 12 runs on 17 hits and lighting up the scoreboard, which down there is a redneck named Skeeter holding up a chalkboard; a graduate assistant had to be called in to add once the scoring got past 10. Illinois sophomore Braden Kapteyn hit 4-5 on the day and chipping in three RBI’s to lift the Cats to a comfortable win. Starting pitcher Logan Darnell only lasted until the 4th, give up 5 runs with two outs in the 3rd and 4th. Nick Kennedy got the relief call and lasted the game, allowing only two hits on the way to the victory.

4/3 v #10 Arkansas (L 10-1)- The most uninteresting game of the series, I’ll kinda skip over this one and fill you in on the better stuff.

4/4 v #10 Arkansas (L 17-16)- In a 10-inning thriller, the Cats swung this game by 11 runs, carrying a 16-13 lead into the ninth and found themselves on the short end of the epic battle, and in the most disparaging way possible, with a walk-off grand slam. After being down eight in the 4th, the cats rallied behind Andy Burns’ two homers and climbed up to the lead and held until the ninth, when usually reliable closer Matt Little went out for a second inning and got roughed up to force extra innings. Truly a great matchup and a colossal game, but the Wildcats lost and nobody likes hearing about that.

4/6 v #8 Louisville (W 5-0)- The game that was ncie to win, non-conference, for the bruised UK fan’s ego. Reliever Mike Kaczmarek fanned 12 of 13 batters he faced and blanked the Cards for the shutout of the other team in the state, helped out by slugger Gunner Glad’s fifth homerun in six games. Add in a couple other runs and the fact that Louisville couldn’t find a pitcher (they used 7) and UK looked pretty good heading into their three game swing Friday against #24 Alabama.

Welp, that’s all the baseball you get for this week, sorry again it was late. No, I wasn’t out with other blogs last night…no, that isn’t booze on my breath either. See you again next week baseball fans.

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