So Taguchi takes Ball One on an outside pitch during his 9th inning at-bat against the Dodgers in Game Three of the LA series. 7.23.06
So had replaced left fielder Chris Duncan in the 7th inning. This was his one and only at-bat of the game– not to mention his one and only at-bat of the series.
So Taguchi fouls another one off during his only plate appearance of the Dodger series in LA. 7.23.06
Talk about making the most of your opportunity… especially after riding the pine for three days straight!
So Taguchi hits the deck to avoid taking one in the ear off Dodgers relief pitcher Takashi Saito. 7.23.06
After he had fouled off three in a row, maybe Saito thought So was having trouble seeing the ball and this was his way of offering his countryman a closer look? (Yes, both fellas are from Japan.)
So Taguchi fouls one off the plate during his one and only plate appearance of Game Three against the Dodgers in LA. 7.23.06
So would foul off a total of three pitches before straightening one out and putting it in play.
So Taguchi hits foul ball #3 in his one and only at-bat against the Dodgers this series. 7.23.06
You know how it goes: The more pitches you see, the more likely you’ll see one you like.
Scott Rolen initiates his swing during second at-bat (in the 4th inning) of Game Three against the Dodgers in LA. 7.23.06
Part of Scott’s on-deck ritual has always been to take his customary wide stance, settle into it and then take a few meaningful hacks. But this time around I saw him do something new. After taking a couple healthy swings he measured off his stance with his bat. It appears he’s trying to set his footing one (or so) bat-length apart. I’ve never seen him do that before and I think this is a change for him… which has me wondering: Could this be the cause (or the attempt at a cure) for his recent offensive difficulties?
Scott Rolen rips one foul down the left field line in Game Three of the Dodgers series in LA. 7.23.06
He would go on to drive his second single of the night into centerfield (going 2-for-4) and settle his Batting Average at .326 on the season thus far.