A dangerous situation, to be sure, but nowhere near the level of failure that Tim Tebow achieved in Charleston, S.C. a couple weeks ago, flinging his bat into the second level stands at Mayor Joe Riley Park. Even so, Deichmann and Tebow are a perfect pair, insofar as both of them ended their at-bats by striking out. Such is life in baseball.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, real controversy broke out on a close call at second, as LSU third baseman Josh Smith tried to stretch a single into a double and was perhaps tagged out on his slide into second.
Smith does in fact appear to slither his way around Guthrie’s attempt at tagging him, though he also slides off the bag so who can be sure. The play of course plated Deichmann for LSU’s third run of the night to pull them within one, but Beau Jordan grounded out to follow and end the inning. In any case, this put one more nail into LSU’s collective coffin in the ninth inning, and the Gators would go on to take the outing, 4-3.
I’m guessing that White Sox fans were waiting for their team to come up since the opening paragraph. The only reason they weren’t the biggest story here is that they employed Ray Durham, a two-time All-Star who was one of the more underappreciated second basemen of his generation. The White Sox got five solid seasons from him (and more earlier) in the last two decades. When he left, they got an OK-OBP, sweet-defense season from Willie Harris, two pretty-OK seasons from Tadahito Iguchi, and a stellar rookie campaign from Alexei Ramirez in 2008.