April 2011

Postgame thoughts – April 30, 2011

Clinton 5, Rattlers 2
Boxscore | Game story

  • What do ya know? There CAN be games played two days in a row in Wisconsin.
  • Jimmy Nelson with a 13:1 GO/AO ratio. That’s very good.  It will pay off for him.
  • The Rattlers were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.
  • Twelve hits for the Rattlers. Eight of them came with two outs.  Only one hit came at the start of an inning.
  • I don’t know what happened on that play at the plate in the top of the 7th. I went back and checked the video and it appeared that Roberts looked up as if the ball was hit in the air. It did not look like he was expecting a throw from Hawn for the play at the plate.  It was weird.
  • The team went 2-4 in the six games on the homestand.
  • On to the QC and Beloit for a six road trip.

Speaking of the Quad Cities series, here are the scheduled pitching matchups and the game times:

SUN: RHP Dan Britt v. LHP Kevin Siegrist @5:00pm
MON: RHP Tyler Thornburg v. RHP Zach Russell @11:00am
TUE: RHP Austin Ross v. RHP Trevor Rosenthal @6:30pm

Lineup & Game Notes: April 30, 2011

The wind might be blowing out to left today.

Today’s Rattlers Lineup:

Shaw – 2B
Keen – CF
Hawn – 1B
Walker – DH
Hopkins – 3B
Mittelstaedt – LF
Robert – C
George – SS
Romero – RF

Today’s Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Today’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril30

UPDATE: Matt Miller is the guest on the Miller Lite Pregame Show. Broadcast starts at 12:45pm CDT. Tune in on the radio or at this link.

Today in Rattlers history (April 30)

Today we go back to April 30, 2005 for an Aaron Jensen complete game shutout.

The Rattlers won 3-0 at South Bend.  Jensen went 9 innings, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two.

In the first inning, Wisconsin scored a pair of runs.  Yung Chi Chen doubled in a run and Brandon Green singled home Chen.

Mike Wilson had an RBI double in the fourth inning.

The pitcher Jensen out-pitched on this day?  Ross Ohlendorf.

The Miller’s tales

Superlatives all around for Matt Miller after last night’s complete game shutout.

Here’s The Post-Crescent story:

A lot of things helped Miller. He faced just one batter over the minimum due to a double play, an outfield assist and a base runner caught stealing. The latter came with the help of catcher Tyler Roberts, a.k.a. Miller’s best friend.

“If you get in a rhythm out there, and that’s key for a pitcher to just get in a rhythm, in the sixth we were just clicking,” Miller said. “Then when we got to the seventh and we just carried the same momentum we had in the sixth. I thought we were more locked in there than early on in the game. That kind of happens. You find your chemistry and your moments as the game goes on. And Tyler did a great job tonight just being there with me.”


“It’s different at every level,” Miller said. “Obviously, you come here with high expectations. If you looked at our starting pitching staff, just a slew of great arms and great college careers. And last year we all played together and had some success.

“We’ve tried to bring that here and everybody is trying to feel it out. Obviously, in the beginning of the season, everyone is going through bumps. But we’re just going to put our head down and keep working. Collectively, everybody played a great game today.”

And MiLB.com also caught up with Miller after his gem:

“You have to get ahead of guys and pound the zone,” he said. “That’s what I learned tonight. You have to remember that you are in charge out there. Taking the pressure off yourself and putting it on the hitters is the key.”


“We had a lot of success throwing the fastball tonight,” the University of Michigan product said. “They were a predominantly left-handed lineup, so we were going hard away and then changing the pace.

“Once we got ahead, we could use the changeup in any count and that helped us get a lot of ground balls.”

Click both links for all the details and all the quotes.

Big Jake

Jake Odorizzi (’10)…Yeah. He’s pitching pretty well with Wilmington in the Carolina League.

The Royals prospect earned his first Carolina League win by striking out 10 over seven innings as the Wilmington Blue Rocks blanked the Winston-Salem Dash, 4-0.

Odorizzi (1-0), MLB.com’s No. 37 prospect, reached double digits in strikeouts for the second consecutive outing and yielded only three hits.

“Refining my pitches, I’m trying to get everything going for a strike,” Odorizzi said of his repertoire, which includes a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. “Tonight was just a culmination of everything and, hopefully, some good things are to come.”

While the performance represented the best of Odorizzi’s first four starts in the Royals system, it didn’t quite match his best as a Minor Leaguer. Pitching for Class A Wisconsin last August, the right-hander tossed eight hitless innings, hitting one batter and walking another while striking out 10.

But Odorizzi, a 2008 first-round pick who was packaged with three other Brewers for Zack Grienke last December, said he felt as strong on the mound Friday as he did late last summer.

“Last year’s eight-inning game was comparable,” Odorizzi said. “Everything worked, every pitch was being thrown for a strike — getting ground balls, it was just a good game all around.”

Jake Odorizzi. Pretty good.

Rattlers MLB Alumni: Games of April 29, 2011

Cleveland Rocks!

The Indians beat Detroit 9-5 at home for their eleventh straight win.  A couple of ex-Rattlers helped out.

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 2-for-3, 3RUNS, 2RBI, HR #5
Shin-soo Choo (’02): 1-for-3, RUN

Baltimore 10 @Chicago 4

Adam Jones (’04): 0-for-5, RUN

Matt Thornton (’00): IP, 0H, 0R, 2K

@Oakland 3, Texas 1

Brian Fuentes (’97): Ip, 2H, R, SV #7

Seattle 5 @Boston 4

Michael Saunders (’06): 0-for-2

David Ortiz (’96): 1-for-4, RBI

Toronto 5 @New York 3

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-5

St. Louis 5 @Atlanta 3 (11 innings)

Eric O’Flaherty (’02): IP, 0H, 0R

@Philadelphia 10, New York 3

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-4, RUN

Post doubleheader thoughts (April 29, 2011)

Before we get started, the tarp went on the field after game two.

Please let it come off before the game tomorrow.  Please.

Game one
Rattlers 5, Clinton 0
Boxscore | Game story

Game two
Clinton 6, Rattlers 1
Boxscore | Game story

Game one was a Chili’s ‘Rattlers Win, You Win’ victory.  On the way out of the stadium, you should have received a coupon good for Free Chips and Queso at the Appleton Chili’s located at 1170 N. Casaloma Drive near Fox River Mall.

To the musings of a madman’s mind

  • A lot has been made about the speed of the Timber Rattlers outfielders.  But how about those arms.  Reggie Keen with an outfield assist in both games.  Franklin Romero with on in game two.
  • Granted, the base running of the LumberKings was not good…but, still….WOW.
  • I feel bad for Cameron Garfield. In game two, he gets back behind home plate for the first time since getting off the disabled list and…I’ll let Mike Woods (@Floridagators59) take it away with the following tweets
  • Catcher Cameron Garfield, 2nd-round pick of Brewers in 09, looks to have suffered knee injury Had to be helped off field after play at plate
  • There was no collision, looks to have caught a cleat. Scream was pretty loud. Tough break for Garfield. Good thing, he’s just 19
  • Well, I’m not sure if any time is a good time to get a knee injury for a catcher, but if I hear anything else I’ll try to let you know.
  • Speaking of health updates here is Jason Rogers (@jasonrogers3000): chilling in arizona, getting ready for my surgery next wednesday, rehabbing for 6-8 wks, then back to wisconsin!!!
  • Get well soon, Jason.  Hurry back. The weather will be much better when you get back here. I guarantee it.
  • Our usually on top of it music crew missed it with Forrest Snow on the mound for Clinton in Game two of the doubleheader.
  • How do they miss a chance for Informer
    You know say daddy me snow me-a (gonna) blame
    A licky boom-boom down
    ‘Tective man he say, say Daddy Me Snow me stab someone down the lane
    A licky boom-boom down
  • I mean really.
  • Cody Hawn on the home run board with a line drive homer to left.  Opposite field homers are a good sign…Or so I’ve heard.
  • Helllllloooooo, Matt Miller!  I can’t wait to see how he pitches when he gets in a groove of pitching every five days instead of having to wait 10 days and then wait another six.
  • Seriously.  I had Austin Ross at 106 pitches (69 strikes) in his 7 inning complete game on Wednesday.  Miller was at 84 pitches (61 strikes) for his complete game on Friday.
  • Miller struck out six and walked one.  This is the Matt Miller that went 9-2 in the Pioneer League (playoffs included) last season.
  • Friday’s attendance: 4,062.  The front office really needed that

Friday Night Videos:

Game one highlights:

Game two highlights:

Pregame interview with Austin Ross:

  • Sleep fast. Day game tomorrow!

Game one lineup and Game Notes: April 29, 2011

Time Warner Cable Field is ready for a doubleheader today!


Same lineup for game one as it was last night.

Tonight’s Rattlers lineup (Game One):

Reggie Keen           CF
Nick Shaw               2B
Cody Hawn             1B
Mike Walker           DH
Greg Hopkins         3B
Robbie Garvey      LF
Tyler Roberts           C
Carlos George        SS
Franklin Romero  RF

Game One Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Game Two Starting Pitcher:
Del Howell

Tonight’s Game Notes (Slight adjustments from last night): RattlersGameNotesApril29

Today in Timber Rattlers History: April 29

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JJ Putz as a member of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2000

April 29, 2000

JJ Putz tosses a no-hitter at Fox Cities Stadium. The first in Timber Rattlers history.

The Timber Rattlers hosted the Kane County Cougars in…this may come as a shock to you…a doubleheader.

JJ Putz got the start in game one and he walked the leadoff batter.  Then, he got a 6-4-3 double play.  Then, Putz went on to set down the next 16 batters in a row.

Wisconsin was comfortably up by a score of 6-0 heading into the final inning.  Putz walked four in the seventh.  The final one forced in a run. But, he got a pop up to short to end the game and give Appleton Professional baseball its first no-hitter since June 28, 1994.

Happy Anniversary, JJ Putz!  Celebrate by picking up a save against the Cubs tonight!

The Sun is out. The sky is blue.

The tarp is off. Let’s PLAY TWO!

Another picture of a beautiful, green field that is ready for a doubleheader does not do justice to the way I feel today.

Cousin Larry. Cousin Balki. Take it away!

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