April 2011

Rattlers MLB Alumni – Games of April 28, 2011

Michael Pineda (2008) is pretty good:

“He’s unbelievable,” Olivo said of Pineda. “He’s one of the top pitchers in the league right now. He’s unbelievable.”

Pineda didn’t always look that way in front of 21,176 fans on a cool, windy afternoon. The Tigers got to him for a pair of second-inning runs. Their left-handed batters began teeing off on a changeup Pineda kept leaving too high in the strike zone.

But Pineda made a mechanical adjustment between innings to keep his left shoulder from flying open on pitches. Olivo also had him use his mid-90s fastball more often against southpaw hitters.

Bringing out your higher self
Think of the fine times

He’s so unbelievable.

Seattle 7 @Detroit 2

Michael Pineda (’08): 6IP, 4H, 2R, 3BB, 9K, WIN #4
Michael Saunders (’06): 2-for-4, RUN

@Cleveland 8, Kansas City 2

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 1-for-4, RBI
Shin-Soo Choo (’02): 2-for-4, RBI, HR #4

Boston 6 @Baltimore 2

David Ortiz (’96): 2-for-5, RUN

Adam Jones (’04): 0-for-3

@New York 12, Chicago 3

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 1-for-4, RUN, RBI

Rating April since 2003

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, "No game tonight. Two on Friday though!"

So…Eight games postponed since April 15.  Six of those games are home games.  Um, yeah..

There have been so many tweets and emails and questions and ahhhh….let me do the math since I have nothing else to do tonight.  I have been announcing for the Timber Rattlers since 2000.  I have been full time with the team since 2003.  Let’s use 2003 as a baseline since that was the gold standard for bad weather in April that I can remember.

I had a little time on my hand and came up with a rating system.  Don’t be scared. This is what happens when you take baseball away from me.

April Postponements in Timber Rattlers History:

2003 April Postponements: Overall: 7; Home: 6
April 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8*, & 30
April 3-6 was a four game series at home against Beloit. April 7  and 8 was a series with Clinton.  However, the Rattlers front office talked to the LumberKings and the Midwest League and that game on the eighth was actually moved to a league wide off day on April 10.  I guess I can count it as a postponement.  The April 30 game was the final game of a series at Clinton.

2003 rating:

2003 rating: Smiling Willard Scott. Look at him. He's up to something. Just like this month. Watch out for this Willard Scott.

2004 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home: 1
April 20
The first game of a series with the Burlington Bees at home was rained out.  That was it.

2004 rating:

2004 rating: Valerie Voss. Wisconsin native, CNN meterologist, awesome. Not awesome...this is the best picture of her online.

2005 April Postponements: Overall: 0; Home: 0

The first rainout of the 2005 season was on July 25.  The Rattlers played just two doubleheaders that season.  One was a scheduled Day-Night DH on June 6 as a certain QB hosted his charity softball game on June 5.  The other was a makeup of the July 25 rainout on July 27.
2005 rating:

April 2005 Rating: Jeaneatta Jones. This month was as beautiful as the best weather forecaster ever on The Weather Channel. Ever.

2006 April Postponements: Overall: 1;  Home: 1
April 30

April 30 in a game against West Michigan.  Seriously, it couldn’t hold off one more day?

2006 rating:

2006 rating: If there is anything that makes Willard Scott better it would be Al Roker. Al smooths out the harsh edges of Willard and make this month pretty cool.

2007 April Postponements: Overall: 5; Home 5
April 6, 7, 9, 11, & 12

The season opened on April 5 in 30 something weather.  That would have been a postponement, too.  Had it not also been the first game Ryne Sandberg managed.   The games on the 6th and 7th against the Chiefs were colded out.  April 8th was a scheduled off day.  Clinton came in on April 9 and got rained out.  The teams actually got a doubleheader in on April 10, but the next two games were called off due to snow…I’d say “Seriously?” but, it snowed on April 19 this year.

2007 rating:

2007 rating: I just blew any chance I had with Valerie Voss by posting this picture. But, April, 2007 deserved this rating...unlike Valerie who did not deserve this as the only other picture of her that I could find on the internet.

2008 April Postponements: Overall: 7; Home: 6
April 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, & 25

April 3 was opening night and it was in Quad Cities.  The Rattlers home opener against Clinton was played on April 7.  BUT, April 8-10 against Clinton was either rained or snowed out.  Dayton came up to play on April 11, but the field still had ice and snow.  April 12 also had too wet.  The only reason the doubleheader against the Dragons was played on April 13 was because the Rattlers front office brought in a helicopter to dry out the field.  Yes. Seriously. There’s a picture somewhere in the files.  I’ll dig it up later.  April 25 was a game against Beloit on a Friday night.

2008 rating:

2008 rating: Serious Willard Scott. Not even Willard Scott can smile about a month that needed a helicopter to play games.

2009 April Postponements: Overall: 3; Home: 1
April 19, 21, & 26
April 19 was a Sunday in Clinton.  April 21 was a Tuesday at home against Peoria.  April 26 was a Sunday afternoon at Quad Cities

2009 Rating: Young Willard Scott. That right there is what we in the business call 'Network Hair'. You trust this man. You trust this month.

2010 April Postponements:  Overall: 3; Home 2
April 8, 25, 30

April 8 was the famous snow out on Opening Night at Time Warner Cable Field. April 25 was a Sunday at home with the Beloit Snappers.  April 30 was later in that same week at Beloit.

2010 rating:

2010 Rating: Nervous Willard Scott. Not enough home postponements to frighten Willard, but just enough to put him on high alert.

2011 April Postponements: Overall: 8; Home 6
April 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28

And it ain’t over yet.

2011 rating:

2011 Rating: Willard Scott as Ronald McDonald. Nightmare Fuel. Best thing about this rating? Willard Scott went on to a long and successful career after this...this...well, I don't know what this is, but yes...he (and Ronald) survived.

Lineup and Game Notes: April 28, 2011

I would have put a picture up, but…oh, wait…

Carl, the Rain Hating Camel, says that he hates rain! You are not surprised by his appearance...are you?

Tonight’s Rattlers lineup:

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

Tonight’s Starting pitcher:
Matt Miller

Tonight’s game notes:  RattlersGameNotesApril28

April 28th in Timber Rattlers history

Sponsored by Rasmussen College.

April 28, 2002

The Timber Rattlers beat the Beloit Snappers 11-3 at Fox Cities Stadium.

The Rattlers scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Believe it or not, I was not at this game.  This was back in the days of Gamblers Hockey/Timber Rattlers baseball.  I was in Sioux City, Iowa for a USHL playoff game.  Yeesh. That was a long road trip.

Ryan Rowland-Smith was the beneficiary of the offense.  He tossed seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) for the victory.

Miguel Villilo had a couple of hits, a couple of runs, and a couple of RBI to pace the offense.

Post-Doubleheader Thoughts (April 27, 2011)

Game one

River Bandits 7, Rattlers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Game two

Rattlers 3, River Bandits 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Game two was a Chili’s ‘Rattlers Win, You Win’ victory.  If you were at the game, you should have received a coupon good for free chips and queso at the Appleton Chili’s located at 1170 North Casaloma Drive (near the Fox River Mall)

Austin Ross receives the first of many congratulations.

  • Can we PLEASE get Austin Ross a DANG Cheesehead!?!?  The man is practically a Wisconsin resident.
  • Three complete games already this season.  The Rattlers had one complete game in each of the last three seasons.
  • Tyler Roberts. Home run AND a single. He has seven hits (in 36 at bats) this season and six are for extra bases.
  • Defense needs to tighten up.  Six errors today.
  • Bullpen needs to tighten up.  Four blown saves this season…In seven opportunities.
  • Base running needs to tighten up.  A pickoff and they ran into a pair of outs in the first game.
  • The rovers are all still here.  There will be a lot of early work one of these days.
  • In game one, Dan Britt appeared in his third game of the season. It was his first since game two of the doubleheader against Peoria on April 17…1…3….6…Yeah. That’s 10 days between appearances….isn’t it?
  • In game two, Welcome Back, Cameron Garfield! Sharp double to right in his first at bat since April 13 at Cedar Rapids…That’s 1…2 weeks…Right? I was told the only math I would need in broadcasting would be to count my millions of $$$.
  • I called it a squeeze, but Garfield was not breaking to the plate on the bunt single by Franklin Romero in game two.
  • Oh, and Romero is on twitter now, too.  @romerofjr
  • The Rattlers offense reminds me of the offense of the Badgers basketball team.  Deep threats all around.  But, Wow, they can go a long time without scoring.  In game one, Wisconsin scored five runs in the first two innings with a pair of two-run homers and an RBI single.  Then – after running into an out to end the second – 13 straight batters were retired.  In game two, Reggie Keen singled to start the inning.  That was the last hit of the game for Wisconsin.  Only a walk to Mike Walker with two out in the third broke kept Trevor Rosenthal from retiring the last 12 in a row.
  • It’s been a long day. Not complaining. Just stating a fact.

Game two highlights:

See you tomorrow!

Today’s in Rattlers history (April 27)

Brought to you by Rasmussen College.

April 27, 2001

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers won 10-7 a Clinton.  They outhit the LumberKings 15-9.

Chuck Lopez went 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple, and a single.  He drove in three and scored three.
Dan Floyd and Jake Daubert also had three hits in the game.  Floyd scored three runs, too.

April 27, 2006

The Rattlers won 11-6 at Fort Wayne.  They outhit the Wizards 12-7.

JB Tucker hit a three-run homer.
Mike Saunders hit a three-run double.
Bryan Sabatella drove in a pair of runs.

Jeff Clement update

Jeff Clement was the third pick in the 2005 draft.  The Seattle Mariners took him out of Southern California and sent him to Wisconsin after he signed.

Clement has some big hits down the stretch and in Wisconsin’s run to the Midwest League Championship series.

You may have noticed when I did the series of posts about former Rattlers in the Majors, AAA, and AA that Clement was not on any rosters.  This story at FoxSports.com by Jon Morosi lets you know why he isn’t active right now…but may be soon:

He is 27 years old. He has a .223 batting average in fewer than 400 major-league plate appearances. On Thursday, when the Milwaukee Brewers announced Braun’s new deal, Clement endured another five-hour day in his rehabilitation program following microfracture surgery on his left knee last September.

Clement likely won’t appear in a game at any level until July at the earliest.

And you would not believe how gracious he is about it all.

That sounds about right for the Jeff Clement I got to know over the second half of the 2005 season.

Game one Lineup & Game Notes (April 27, 2011)

I'm gonna pistol whip the next guy who says "Rain" or "Snow" or "Weather", for that matter. Let's Play TWO!

Here is today’s Game one lineup for the Rattlers:

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

Today’s Game one starting pitcher:
Tyler Thornburg

Today’s Game two starting pitcher:
Austin Ross

For the curious, I caught a glimpse of Matt Erickson’s lineup card for game two.  Cameron Garfield, who came off the DL yesterday is penciled in as the DH and Tony Pechek will catch the nightcap.

Here are the game notes for today: RattlersGameNotesApril27

More later.  Enjoy the games, everyone!

I don’t believe that record is kept.

You are all very funny people….asking me what the Midwest League record is for doubleheaders.

I really don’t have any idea and I don’t want to look it up…

Carl, the Rain-Hating Camel sez, "This weather is quite horrible."

I mean I guess that I could, since I don’t have anything else to do tonight…

Brick, the Bad weather Hating Bactrian is very angry with this weather.

But, then, I would just get depressed and no one would want that…

Telemachus, the tarping tapir, wants you to know that the tarp is on the field. But, it should be off later tonight.

Once the Sun comes out and the flowers are in bloom and there is actual baseball with one game played in a day and we can all laugh about this…

Fairfax, the field conditions ferret, says that the weather may be bad, but the field will be in great shape for the doubleheader on Wednesday.

Then, maybe I can look it up.

Perry, the Postponement Penguin, says he hasn't been around much doing his job lately because he just couldn't deal with it. But, maybe if he could show up this one time that would put a stop to this madness.

Until then… Just get some rest.  It’s gonna be a long day tomorrow.

Tyler Thornburg gets the start in game one.  Austin Ross gets the ball in game two.

It. Can. Stop. Any. Time. Now.

My sweet lord.

Tarp on the field.

Hmm, my lord.

Tarp still on the field

Hmm, my lord.

I choose George Harrison today, because of the repetitive lyrics that can induce you into a trance.  Much like the weather.

No seriously.  I thought their was more to that song than that.  It’s like the ‘Green Eggs & Ham’ of songs.

The game is still on for tonight.  Check here, Twitter – either one, the homepage, or Facebook for updates.

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