Texas Tech Baseball:
|Fri. 04/11/08 @ 4:00 p.m.||5 (L: Nate Karns, 1-6)||9 (W: Nick Czyz, 2-3)||Boxscore|
|Sat. 04/12/08 @ 12:00 p.m.||1 (L: A.J. Ramos, 1-4)||9 (W: Andres Esquibel, 3-2)||Boxscore|
|Sun. 04/13/08 @ 1:00 p.m.||Chad Bettis (3-2, 5.23)||Paul Smyth (1-3, 2.70)||Boxscore|
If this is getting a little depressing for me, then I can only imagine what it's doing for the team. I watched as much as I could stomach, in between Masters coverage, and yesterday's game was a tough game to watch. AJ Ramos had a tough time finding the strikezone and the offense could never figure out Esquibel, as the Red Raiders lost to the Kansas Jayhawks, 9-1. AJ Ramos pitched 3.2 innings, giving up 5 hits, 9 runs, all earned, WALKING 7 and striking out 2. Ramos didn't have it from the very beginning and prompted what seemed like an animated visit from Dan Spencer. And I guess animated was is a bad word, but Spencer was telling Ramos something and it was longer than your typical meeting on the mound.
The offense wasn't much better as the lone hit and RBI came from Joey Kenworthy. Interestingly, Esquibel didn't have the greatest command either, as he also walked 7.
Perhaps its time to give some of the relievers a chance to start. Cory Large on Friday night and Brian Cloud on Saturday afternoon, both pitched well in relief. I only got to see Cloud, but he threw strikes and he was aggressive.
Hyatt has a good post about the team, and makes the argument for Hays to stay next year. The only caveat I have is that if Hays stays then I wonder if Spencer is going to have a full opportunity to be the head coach of this team if the losing continues? I'm sure that Spencer has nothing but respect for Hays, but at some point, if Spencer is going to be the guy to take over the program, then he needs to have both reins in hand and I would bet that he feels the same way. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure he's appreciative of the opportunity given by Hays, but at some point he's going to want to be responsible for the product on the field, and only Spencer knows when he wants that responsibility.
I really want Hays and Spencer and Petrie to right the ship, and the bottom line is that I want to see these guys succeed. I have faith in Myers' confidence in all three of these guys.
LAJ's George Watson has a recap on yesterday's loss, and it isn't pretty. Here's Hays:
Here's Ramos on the loss:
Fox34 has the video highlights, if you want to see them.