I was never quite certain what utility schmoe Joe McEwing brought to the New York Mets besides the most obvious attributes (two arms, legs and a willingness not to laugh at Art Howe). But on a day when most Williamson Country residents were commemorating the Ultimate Sacrifice of their Lord & Savior, Stupor Joe was responsible for a selfless act of almost equal importance. McEwing’s 9th inning bunt for the Round Rock Express moved Jesse Garcia into scoring position with Sunday’s matinee against Iowa tied at 4-4. Though the Express would win the game moments later on Brooks Conrad’s walkoff 2-run HR over the leftfield fence (the 2B’s second blast of the day), I’d like to think that the pure symbolism of McEwing’s act made it possible. Just as I believe very strongly in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and the Great Pumpkin.
Round Rock LF Luke Scott hit a 2-run HR in the fifth off Iowa’s Jae Kuk Ryu. Scott would later double Ryu off first after making a nifty running catch on a Felix Pie line drive — Ryu might want to consider running back to first the next time he’s tagging up and a ball is caught.