Well, things were going pretty well for TCU in the early part of the game today. Tech’s starting pitcher, Steven Gingery, had already thrown 64 pitches and given up a couple of runs through his first three innings, and that’s a good situation against a guy with a 1.49 ERA going in who routinely eats up 7-8 innings. You never know if a suspension like this is going to help or hurt your team, but either way it's nice to know that we don't have to face Gingery tomorrow.
Mitchell Traver struggled a bit with some walks today, but save for giving up a run in the first he was able to pitch his way out of trouble. It's a shame it ended when it did because he was really starting to find a groove there in the third, but he was likely on a pitch count and I doubt the Frogs would have gotten more than four innings out of him. The game was suspended with one out left in the bottom of the third, and will resume Sunday at 11:00 am.
After Tech jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, Luken Baker, the destroyer of worlds and Tech fans’ hopes and dreams, homered on a full count in the first at bat of the second inning to tie things right back up. When Luken came back up to the bat in the top of the third, Gingery put one right in his ribcage, but it ended up hurting Tech as it out Skoug in scoring position and allowed him to come around to make it 2-1 on a throwing error shortly after.
It was raining, so I’m not saying Gingery hit Baker on purpose, but I am saying that in addition to that, Skoug got hit by a throw to first base. Skoug was also clearly hit by a pitch in the first inning, but the umpire said it hit his bat and could not be persuaded otherwise. As someone who grew up in Lubbock, and knows this rivalry as well as anyone, I’ll just say that weird stuff happens when you come to Lubbock.
Given than both teams will likely be throwing a few different bullpen guys to finish this game tomorrow, I expect there to be plenty more weirdness yet to come. TCU will likely go with King, Eissler or Wymer to begin and see where things go from there. Tech has three or four viable options as well.
No announcement has been made yet about whether or not they will televise the remainder of today’s game at 11:00 am tomorrow but it looks like they may. The second game is currently scheduled for 2:00pm and will be televised on ESPN2, but that could be pushed back as well depending on what happens in the the morning.