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Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by Gatorgal04, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. 74nole

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    Anyone know what is going on with Calilao? Hurt, Sick, Not hitting in pregame or practice, In Sully’s doghouse?

    Or anything else that would keep him out of the lineup?
     
  2. Matherly87

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    I always love a game when the "Ocala Connection" of Fabian & McMullen come thru. Go Gators!
     
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  3. MyakkaGator

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    Fabian is cold-blooded.
     
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  4. 74nole

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    It’s pretty much fun to watch them play from where we all sit! Great brand of baseball—
     
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  5. gatorbogey

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    I certainly figured Calilao would be in the line up. Surprised we haven’t seen a rotation at 1st with Armstrong and Kendrick...that’s what I figured we’d see.
     
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  6. Matherly87

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    If Calilao doesn't play tomorrow then we have to figure something is going on. Hopefully someone in the Gator Dugout Club can report in.
     
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  7. shane4three

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    Not sure what average is but I know several times I’ve caught myself saying “ man he’s still trying to pull everything”. Offspeed and outer half all night long is what he will see. Hope he’s ok. Didn’t notice any injury.
     
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  8. gatorfan5220

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    Is it true Miami fans were taunting us in the ninth inning by doing our Gator Chomp?

    If so it makes this all so much sweeter.
     
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  9. MatsideObserver

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    Calilao is not hurt. He isn’t hitting - might have lowest average on team or close to it. I would think he would start at 1b or dh Sunday with Brady Smith starting at the other. But then again who knows.
     
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  10. 74nole

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    5220—

    LMAO—I thought they were taunting themselves—:devil:
     
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  11. gatorjjh

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    Game Recap: Baseball | Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Zach Dirlam UF
    No. 2 Gators Stun No. 1 Miami in Extra Innings Once Again
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – One strike. That's how close the Gators were to having Miami even this weekend's series, and needing a win in a Sunday rubber match to take a sixth consecutive regular-season series from their in-state rival. That did not matter to sophomore outfielder Jud Fabian, who smacked an RBI double to tie the game, 2-2, in the ninth inning. The floodgates opened in the 10th inning following senior Kirby McMullen's go-ahead solo home run, as Florida rolled to a 7-4 comeback victory.

    The Gators' rally in the ninth began with a leadoff single from sophomore Kris Armstrong. A sacrifice bunt moved Armstrong into scoring position, but a strikeout brought Florida's undefeated start down to its final out.
    Prior to his at bat in the ninth inning, Fabian was just one for eight in the series. Fabian fouled off a pair of 0-2 pitches and took a ball to make it a 1-2 count, after which he sent the game-tying shot down the third base line.
    Two pitches into the 10th inning, McMullen blasted a no-doubt home run over the left field wall – the second of his career, and first since Feb. 27, 2019 against UCF – to put the Gators in front. A pair of walks, followed by three consecutive singles and a throwing error gave Florida a quartet of insurance runs.
    IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jacob Young. Fabian's and McMullen's heroics make for obvious choices, but Coach O'Sullivan credited Young with getting the Gators going offensively early in the game. Young finished two of five Saturday night, and he's hitting a team-high .500 (five of 10) for the series.
    FROM COACH KEVIN O'SULLIVAN: On the fight of the team tonight… "It started with Jack (Leftwich) on the mound. Thought he was really, really good tonight. Had a couple intentional walks and strategically tried to pitch around a couple guys. Both starters were really good tonight. We did just enough offensively to keep ourselves in. It was a weird game. We're down to our last strike, and their closer, who's been really good for them, hangs a slider and Jud (Fabian) sneaks it in down the third-base line there. Then Kirby (McMullen) comes up with the big home run, and we scored some runs in the 10th. We're awfully excited that we had a chance to win a series against a very good Miami team. Looking forward to getting back out here tomorrow."
    On the offense tonight… "Beginning of the game, I thought Jacob Young had a really, really good first three at bats and got us going offensively. We've got a couple guys who are struggling. We still have a long way to go. We made a ton of mistakes tonight. We missed three or four signs. We still struck out too many times. But to come down here early in the year and be able to figure out a way (to win) against some really good pitching to finish this off is obviously good for the Gators."
    No. 2 Gators Stun No. 1 Miami in Extra Innings Once Again - Florida Gators
     
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    Game Recap: Baseball | Feb 23, 2020 | David Villavicencio
    Miami Drops Extra-Inning Heartbreaker to Gators
    By David Villavicencio HurricaneSports.com
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. –
    It was another extra-inning affair in Coral Gables, as the No. 2 Florida Gators defeated the No. 1 Miami Hurricanes, 7-4, in 10 innings on Saturday night.
    For the second straight night, the Canes and Gators went to extra innings before a sold-out crowd of over 4,000 fans inside Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Miami was just one out away from evening the series, but the Gators forced extra innings and took the lead for good in the 10th.
    "It's disappointing," Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. "We had the game right there where we wanted it, ninth inning, just couldn't close it out, couldn't finish it. … Bottom line is we've got to finish the game."
    The Hurricanes entered the top of the ninth leading, 2-1, courtesy of a Raymond Gil RBI single in the seventh inning. Closer Daniel Federman, who recorded the final out of the eighth, returned to the mound looking to finish off the game for Miami.
    But the Gators mounted a rally against the junior, with Kris Armstrong leading off the inning with a single and advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. After striking out Cal Greenfield, Federman had leadoff man Jud Fabian in a 1-2 count before the center fielder hit an RBI double down the left field line that pushed home Armstrong and tied the game at 2.
    Miami could not answer in the bottom of the inning, stranding Adrian Del Castillo at first after a two-out single to left, sending the game to extra innings.
    DiMare turned to Alex McFarlane on the mound, who had been lights out in four innings of work over two previous outings. But the freshman right-hander gave up a solo homer to Kirby McMullen on his second pitch of the night, putting Florida ahead for the first time all game.

    The Gators added on in a big way, scoring five runs after batting around in the 10th inning to take a 7-2 lead with three outs to go in the game.
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    Miami Drops Extra-Inning Heartbreaker to Gators - University of Miami Athletics

     
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  13. gatorjjh

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    Florida wins after game-winning double in extra innings
    Joseph Salvador, Alligator Sports Writer
    With runners at first and third, Jacob Young stood at the plate in the top of the eleventh inning with his team’s undefeated record resting on his shoulders.

    Despite the fast winds and hostile environment, Young sent a ground ball right over third base for the game-winning RBI.
    The Gators defeated the Miami Hurricanes 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd in Coral Gables, Florida, on Friday in what was an epic showdown.
    Florida (6-0) came into the in-state clash riding high off its hitting. The No. 2 Gators had 51 runs through just five games, but their first ranked opponent of the season proved to be problematic from the mound.

    That problem was Brian Van Belle.
    The redshirt junior and his changeup left UF batters swinging at nothing but the 17 mile-per-hour winds for much of the game. The Gators were held scoreless for the first four innings. The top of the fifth was when No. 3 Miami’s ace finally showed signs of imperfection.

    With the bases loaded and no outs, sophomore Kris Armstrong hit one to UM shortstop Anthony Vilar, but a throwing error allowed second baseman Cory Acton to score for the Gators. Florida’s Tommy Mace was not to be outdone on the mound. The junior went pitch for pitch with Van Belle and kept the Gators close in a tight one down the stretch.
    The Hurricanes (4-1) tied it up at one in the sixth inning when Jordan Lala scored off junior Raymond Gil’s sacrifice fly to center field.
    Both Mace and Van Belle continued to put on a masterful duel for the South Florida crowd until Miami elected to rest their starter in the eighth inning still tied 1-1. Van Belle threw for seven innings, had seven strikeouts and only walked one runner on 83 pitches.
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  14. shane4three

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    Yeah, thought this was it. Just one of those things where telling him “stay back” and working on going oppo is easier said then done. Sully is a guy that doesn’t bench you for strikeouts but like any good coach wants a fight/battle at the plate. If Calilao even puts bat on ball and makes outs up the middle or to the right side that would be progress. Jud sometimes gets the same way (pulling everything) but the difference is if you come in on Jud your in trouble, he fights his butt off at the plate and will leg out hits even on a bad swing, and Jud is much faster. A bad Jud at bat with a K happens one time. The next time even if it is ugly he’ll usually make contact. His speed makes him a threat w every ground ball he hits. Som of Calilao’s at bats seem to end in 3-4 pitches w no contact. Look out if KC finds a way to keep the hands back and start hitting the ball the other way. Armstrong seems to be progressing and his stretch at first base is impressive. Brady gotta play too. Time may be limited there.
     
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  15. GatorPrincess8

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    Go gators
     
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  16. TJtheGator

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    "It's disappointing," Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. "We had the game right there where we wantedit, ninth inning, just couldn't close it out, couldn't finish it. … Bottom lineis we've got to finish the game."

    This is something fans would say on a message board.

    Miami’s coach is letting the game get to him.

    Time to sweep them, Sully!
     
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  17. HappyBayou

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    Hmmm.... You make a compelling argument. Okay, I'm convinced!
     
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  18. DoubleDown11

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    There are some unique things going on here in terms of an O'Sullivan lineup. Mainstays from last year like Calilao and Smith aren't playing every day while a former pitcher is hitting 3rd and bombing homers in extra innings in Coral Gables. Then you have Armstrong just flat out winning the 1st base job over some more experienced players. Raw talent is having the least impact on the lineup that it ever has for Sully. And we're 7-0 and going to be #1 in some polls on Monday. Interesting stuff.
     
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  19. gtj31

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    I wonder if Lang’s struggles of late open up LF for Calilao?
     
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    This is great message board fodder.

    I love the quote:
    ”former pitcher is hitting 3rd and bombing homers in extra innings in Coral Gables.“

    that is some pretty good team/roster management. To recognize who is performing. Players who perform get the start - get the playing time.
     
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