Uribe Had ‘Em Right Where He Wanted ‘Em

From Sports Anchor James Koh

Uribe Had ‘Em Right Where He Wanted ‘Em

Posted: Updated:

It was a home run that shook Chavez Ravine and will go down as one of the great Dodger moments.

A two-run bolt of lightning that gave Los Angeles a 4-3 lead and ultimately the game and the series versus Atlanta.

But how did Juan Uribe get to that magical moment in time?

Remember, a couple of failed bunt attempts gave Uribe a two-strike count.

Certainly a tough situation for any batter and not surprisingly, Uribe also struggled in two-strike counts… at least during the regular season.

This year the 34-year-old Dominican was a .199 hitter when facing any kind of two-strike count. And with his all-or-nothing swing, Uribe actually struck out 44 percent of the time in those situations.

Before the home run, Uribe in this year's division series had 15 total at bats and amazingly, nine times he faced a two strike count.

And in those nine at bats, he stayed on pace with his regular season numbers and struck out 44 percent of the time.

A low batting average and a high strikeout rate; sounds like a great situation for poor Atlanta reliever David Carpenter doesn't it?  But little did Carpenter realize that Uribe apparently had ‘em right where he wanted ‘em.

Because in this particular series, Uribe was extraordinarily efficient with two strikes, collecting as many hits, four, as he did strikeouts.  Meaning his batting average with two strikes this series was an eye-popping .444.

And, oh, did we mentioned this?  That all-or-nothing swing we talked about, did get it all a number of times this year.  Half of Uribe's 12 long balls during the regular season actually came with two strikes.

Uribe's fifth hit in his 10th two-strike at bat this series certainly showed us he isn't looking for any safety swings no matter what the count is.

So maybe we shouldn't be surprised that Uribe's wand cast a spell at the Magic Castle, a spell that turned Carpenter into the loneliest man in the world and sent Dodger Stadium into a goose bump-inducing frenzy.

  • Share ThisMore>>

  • myFOX Tech

    Tired, Sore Eyes? Enter: Gunnar Optiks Intercept

    Tired, Sore Eyes? Enter: Gunnar Optiks Intercept

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:22:42 GMT
    I met the folks from Gunnar Optiks at CES this year and they had something new to show me. The Intercepts. I have a big head, these are big frames, it was kismet but do they work as good as they look? We'll see.
    I met the folks from Gunnar Optiks at CES this year and they had something new to show me. The Intercepts. I have a big head, these are big frames, it was kismet but would my eyes revel in this serendipitous confluence of events? We'll see.
  • Sure, Cats Make Messes, But At Least Willie Cleans Up After Himself

    Sure, Cats Make Messes, But At least Willie Cleans Up After Himself

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-04-10 04:05:18 GMT
    How about a little lesson on conservation from Willie the Cat. Willie starts unrolling all of the paper until it is all on the floor. But you have to watch what happens next in this viral video.
    How about a little lesson on conservation from Willie the Cat. Willie starts unrolling all of the paper until it is all on the floor. But you have to watch what happens next in this viral video.
  • myFOX Tech

    Review: The New HTC One M8

    Review: The New HTC One M8

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-04-09 17:02:46 GMT
    In 2013 the HTC One (M7) was one of my favs, so I was excited to see what the next gen model would be have in store. One word, "impressive!" Beautifully crafted, possibly the best on the market. Behold: HTC's One (M8)
    One of the phones I loved in 2013 was the HTC One AKA the M7, so I was excited to check out what the next iteration of HTC's flagship would have in store. This is one impressive handset! Beautifully crafted, possibly the best on the market. Behold: HTC's One (M8)
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices