Post game thoughts (May 1, 2011)

This is late because it took me like an hour to get online after I got back to the hotel tonight.  I have work to do and sleep to catch before the bus leaves for the 11am game.

Rattlers 12 @ Quad Cities 7
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Tough selection for the Rattler of the game tonight.  Hawn 4 hits. Roberts and Romero with 4RBI. Bashara 6IP out of the bullpen.
  • Ultimately, I went with Reggie Keen. Three hits, a homer, two RBI, and an outfield assist. Keen’s homer in the third tied the game 2-2. His outfield assist in the 5th (and some lackadaisical base running) kept the River Bandits from scoring a sixth run.  His RBI single in the 6th put the Rattlers up 6-5. @ReGGieReg21 got it based on that criteria.
  • lackadaisical & criteria are two words that never look right.
  • That play in the 5th inning – by the way – was awesome. Runners at 1st and 2nd with two out. Single to center. Keen throws to third and gets the runner going from 1st to 3rd before the runner going from 2nd to home could cross home plate.  It wasn’t even close. The runner coming from second was walking the last five steps. Why? I don’t know. Will he do it again? Probably not. The River Bandits are a Cardinals affiliate. They teach the RIGHT way to do things….
  • If you read the headline to the Rattlers game story and try to tie it in with the news of the evening…Don’t. I wrote it at 8:30 tonight.  Lottery tickets!
  • Rattlers set a season high for Runs, Hits, and biggest deficit rallied from to win.  12 Runs on 15 hits. Pretty good.
  • Conversation on the bus – and a quick text to our official scorer – has led us to believe that Charly Bashara should have been charged with just one earned run in the ninth instead of two.  Error, FC, HR , Error…That’s two runs; one earned
  • The team did something today that no Rattlers team I have been with has ever done. They went to the field before checking into the hotel.  Since the game started at 5pm, the team had planned on leaving at 6:30 and getting to Quad Cities around 11am to check into the hotel. The hotel informed us that the rooms would not be ready until at least 2:30 or 3pm. So, we left Appleton an hour later and just went right to the ballpark after a quick lunch.
  • WHOOPS! The River Bandits stadium has been surrounded by flood waters and protective barriers for the start of the season.  Opposing teams had been crossing into the stadium on temporary bridges.  Today was the first that those bridges were not needed.  Unfortunately, there was no one from the River Bandits parking crew to direct the bus to a parking spot.  We just pulled right through an opening in the floodwall and parked in the plaza in front of Modern Woodmen Park.  We were asked not to do it again since the plaza is not made to support the weight of a bus.  I wonder where they will have us park tomorrow.
  • Back at it in 12 hours!  Austin Ross on the hill for the Rattlers.

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