It can be truly scary for a team to watch their pitcher suddenly and quite completely lose their feel for the plate. It happened to Richmond southpaw starter Derek Grabner in the third inning. Grabner allowed a double, then hit Kevin Smith, before allowing a two-run double down the rightfield line by Ryan McCauley to plate the Outlaws first two runs. Then Grabner walked four in succession, two with the bases loaded. In all, 10 Outlaws came to the plate in the bottom of the third.
Plate discipline is key for this Outlaws team, as they are in the top five in the Prospect League in OBP with a .366 mark coming into action tonight. The 153 walks drawn through the fourth inning is one behind Richmond who has 154.
Oh yeah, and we are now tied at 4-4 going into the bottom of the fourth.