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Texas Tech Falls In Game 2, 13-6

A disastrous 5th inning dooms Tech in Ft Worth as TCU takes advantage of Red Raider mistakes

1. Red Raider of the Game

Starting pitcher Steven Gingery was relatively effective today, and when compared to the rest of the Tech pitching staff, he was downright elite. When he left the game, Tech had a 2-1 lead after 4 innings. In the bottom of the 4th, he loaded the bases with 1 out, and hit a batter to walk a run in, but was able to get 2 big strikeouts to end the inning relatively unscathed. After Tech put up 3 in the top of the 5th, most felt like he would be out for the TCU half of the inning, having thrown 76 pitches.

2. Play That Impacted the Game

Coach Tadlock must have felt that either Gingery was fading, or really trusted his bullpen, and more specifically Ryan Moseley, to maintain Tech's 4-run lead. Instead Ryan just couldn't maintain the command of his pitches, throwing 25 pitches, only 10 of which were strikes. He walked 3, allowed 1 single, and hit 2 batters. He walked 2 and hit one with the bases loaded, something TCU took advantage of on their way to a 7-run inning.

3. Stat of the Game

A "free pass" is when a batter reaches 2st on a walk, error, or getting plunked. Tech allowed 10 free passes on a day they actually outhit TCU 13-12. The pitching staff couldn't get things under control after Moseley was finally pulled in favor of Parker Mushinski, with the bad inning determining the end result.

4. Forgotten Play of the Game

In the earlier part of the game, when Tech looked like they were on a roll, DH Cory Raley took a pitch out of the park in one of the deeper parts to give Tech the 5-1 lead. He also singled Smith home in the 2nd inning, ending the day with 4 RBI's

5. Big Reason Tech Lost the Game

After today's game, Ryan Moseley will get the lion's share of the blame for the loss. Whether or not it was warranted, he did not have a good outing with 6 earned runs and no outs. However, the rest of the bullpen wasn't effective either, as a double play was easily in play, but the only chance at one was bobbled by Trey Ochoa. TCU jumped on Tech today, cutting Tech's Big 12 lead to 2 games. Tech also stranded 14 runners today, including the bases loaded in the 5th and 8th innings. If a few of those would've scored, the game may have been more interesting and not looked as bad in the end. To say tomorrow's game is big is a bit of an understatement. A TCU win and the lead is down to 1 game, whereas a Tech win pushes it to 3 games. Each team has 6 more conference games left to close out the regular season.

The series finale will be tomorrow at 1:00pm, but unfortunately will not be televised.