CORAL GABLES, Fla.–It didn’t take long for the Miami bats to wake up. After being patient through the first few innings, the Miami offense put up six runs in the top of fourth inning, capped off by a three-run home run by first baseman Yonder Alonso. Arizona starting pitcher David Coulon did not help himself in the inning as he walked leadoff hitter Dennis Raben and allowed a two-run homer to catcher Jason Hagerty. Coulon got wild again, walking the next hitter David DiNatale. After a Yasmani Grandal sacrifice bunt, Blake Tekotte pushed a beautiful drag bunt toward second base, where Arizona defender Colt Sedbrook was playing deep. Sedbrook nearly made the play, flipping the ball to first (and even though Tekotte beat the throw, the umpire was ready to punch him out) but the first baseman couldn’t handle the throw and Tekotte was credited with a hit.
Coulon again lost his command, falling behind 3-0 to the next hitter, Jemile Weeks, and eventually allowing an RBI single to the Hurricane second baseman on a ground ball through the hole between shortstop and third base. Alonso was the next batter, and Coulon once again fell behind 3-0. He was able to get the count to full, throwing a strike and then getting Alonso to look silly on a self-defense looking swing on a high and inside fastball. However, Alonso returned the favor on the next pitch and drove Coulon’s fastball off the very top of the right-field fence for a three-run home run. That was the end of the night for Coulon as Arizona’s Mike Colla came in and finished the inning.
Give credit to the Wildcats for stifling Miami’s momentum, tallying three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Also in the inning, Arizona was able to chase Miami starter Eric Erickson.
The fourth inning saw nine total runs scored and saw both starting pitchers chased (along with some fans as a short rain downpour took place but has now ended). We’ve been playing for almost two and a half hours, and seem to have a long ways to go.
It’s 7-7 in the middle of the fifth.