Knowing there were definite problems with their game, the Salt Lake Trappers held their own meetings, coaching staff excluded, prior to Thursday night's game against Pocatello at Derks Field.
Hitters met. Pitchers met.They made up their minds to come through in the middle and late innings.
They did, and they picked up a 9-5 win that saw hitters get 14 safeties, eight of the nine men hitting on Bat Night, and the pitching staff get its second complete game of the season.
Terence Glover, in his third start, threw only 105 pitches in the nine-inning effort. He gave up nine hits, but only three Giant runs were earned.
Manager Barry Moss said, "He threw strikes." Not strikes for strikeouts but, "He made them hit it, and that kept him fresh so he could finish."
That was because the defense was extra sharp when it needed to be.
First, catcher Mando Verdugo caught Rueben Smiley trying to steal for the third out of the first inning, and then shortstop Ray Karczewski dove for a sure hit, knocked it down, picked it up and threw backhanded to Kelly Zane at second to start a double play in the second.
"Oohhhh, that was great," said a grateful Glover, "and the one by the third baseman that dived down the line," he added. That was in the seventh, when Kerry Shaw dove foul to stop a grounder that skipped over the bag.
"I thought the guy was going to be on second base, and he came up and threw from his knees," said Glover. Shaw got the out at first.
Glover had to laugh at himself. "I see the good plays like that, and I'm supposed to be backing up the base," he said, "and I'm there like a fan just clapping and yelling.
"It picks me up. I throw a couple of miles an hour harder."
Glover talked of player meetings, saying the team wanted to concentrate on middle innings, where it has lost big leads regularly.
"The hitters called their own meeting," said Moss. "I saw results."
Moss, however, said after the game, "I'm not breathing easy yet. You're gun shy at a certain point. You're not secure with any lead."
The Trappers were ahead 6-0 and 8-1 in the fourth and fifth innings, and the Braves gave them a jolt when Jack Penrod jacked his second two-run home run in two nights in the sixth.
But something happened that hasn't lately for the Trappers. Buoyed by Shaw's diving play to start the seventh, Glover sailed through it and set the Giants down in order in the eighth.
While he was pitching, the Traps were actually hitting. Sixth-inning singles by Marty Peralta and Greg Ehmig were wasted on a double play that ended the inning, but the thought was there.
In the seventh, Salt Lake even scored. It has scored very few runs this season from the seventh inning on. Center fielder Pat Waid legged out a grounder to the second baseman, who looked up and didn't have a chance to make a routine play because Waid was crossing the bag. Waid scored on a Karczewski double.
Rick Hurni and Tommy Boyce had hits in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, too. They weren't long hits, but Moss didn't care. "I just want hits. We need to bunch hits together."
Hurni, Peralta, Greg Ehmig, Boyce, Waid and Karczewski had two hits each and Peralta, Boyce and Karczewski each drove in two runs. Sean Thompson and Penrod had two hits for Pocatello.
The game was scoreless until the fourth - another Trapper rarity - when Salt Lake forced six runs across with the help of three errors on Pocatello left fielder Brad Torgeson, whose throw-ins let singles hitters take second base three times in the inning.
Ehmig, Shaw, Boyce, Karczewski, Hurni and Peralta each had singles in the fourth as 11 men batted. Boyce and Peralta drove in two runs apiece.
A pitcher's throwing error, a wild pitch, walks to Shaw and Boyce and a Waid single brought in two more runs in the fifth after Pocatello had finally dented the board for one on a walk and two singles.
TRAPPER NOTES - The Trappers are bringing in outfielder Randy Moore of Cal Poly-Pomona today, and player personnel manager Van Schley expected other transactions to take place Friday . . . The Traps and Giants play Friday at Derks, then go to Pocatello for three.