The Quad Cities perspective
From the QC Times story about Monday’s game…in which the Timber Rattlers struck out 18 River Bandits…
“Their pitchers did not show me an out pitch. We didn’t have the right offensive approach at all,” Rodriguez said. “We didn’t use the middle of the field. We got pull happy. It was hard to watch.”
At least Rodriguez had company from his viewing vantage in the third-base coach’s box.
Quad-Cities had runners on third with one out in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings but mustered just two runs.
“We had enough chances, but we didn’t put any pressure on their defense at all,” Rodriguez said. “Your job as a professional is to shorten your swing with two strikes, work the middle of the field, put the ball in play, and we didn’t do that. They were giving us runs and we didn’t take them.”
The River Bandits are the Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals affiliate.
That may be a little unfair since the game story about Sunday’s game included this quote:
“Sometimes, you just have to tip your hat to the other team and tonight, Wisconsin went out and earned the win. They took it from us,” River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez said after watching the Timber Rattlers score 10 runs over the final four innings to overcome a 5-2 deficit.
Back to the story 0n Monday’s game there is this note:
“He’s been mashing against us. He’s had a couple of homers and is showing what he can do.” – River Bandits outfielder Nick Longmire, referring to his former Pacific teammate Mike Walker, a Wisconsin infielder who belted a two-run homer vs. the River Bandits on Monday