Postsweep Post (May 19, 2011)

Video Highlights

Game one:

Game two:

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As promised:

Game one
Rattlers 6, Snappers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Game two
Rattlers 4, Snappers 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Game one:

  • Tyler Thornburg 6IP, 0R, 7K and his third straight win.
  • I had Thornburg at 50 pitches through four innings in game one.  To put that in perspective, he was at 79 pitches through four innings in his last start.  It helped quite a bit that he was ahead 0-2 on a lot, and I do mean A LOT, of hitters tonight.
  • A little surprised when he did not come back out for the seventh inning.  I did not get a chance to ask why, but in the grand scheme of things does a 7-inning complete game shutout in the Midwest League help Tyler Thornburg when he gets the Big Leagues.
  • Yes. I said “when”, not “if”.
  • He helped himself with that athletic play on the double play to end the fifth inning.
  • I would guess that Chris Dennis has his confidence back.  He was so confident that he would score from second on Mike Walker’s single to left in the third inning that he blew through Matt Erickson’s stop sign.  The Rattlers manager could have brought down a couple of those big gates with the flashing lights and ringing bells at railroad crossings and Dennis still would have thought he could beat the train.
  • That being said,  Dennis was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in game one.
  • Walker, Timber Rattler doesn’t need confidence. He is confidence.  3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, AND a SB
  • Take another look at that game-ending double play from game one.  Rivera, yes, I’ve come to expect that from Rivera at short.  But, when you see TJ Mittelstaedt hang in there to turn it, keep in mind that he has started all of ZERO games at second base this season.  That, my readers, is the definition of a “Dirtbag”.
  • I saw a lot…and I mean A LOT…of interest  about Cody Hawn on twitter and some of the minor league sites tonight.  Here is the timeline:
    1. Cody Hawn starts at DH in his usual #3 slot in the batting order
    2. Cody Hawn scores from first base on a Chris Dennis 2B in the third inning
    3. Greg Hopkins pinch-hits for Hawn in the 5th inning
    4. Cody Hawn does not start at 1B or DH in game two of the twinbill
    5. That is about it.  Hawn had played in the first 38 Timber Rattlers games this season.  If there are any updates that I can give, I will pass them along.

    Game two:

  • I don’t know what happened to Matt Miller.  He gave up a ground rule double to the second batter he faced.  Then, trainer Jeff Paxson, pitching coach Chris Hook, and manager Matt Erickson headed out to the mound.  I saw Miller wince once as he turned to go back to the mound, but he was not allowed to throw any pitches to show that he was okay.  The just walked him back to the dugout from there.  I did not receive an update during the game.  If there are any updates that I can give, I will pass them along.
  • Jameson Dunn.  I said in the game story that he was a little shaky, but that may have been an exaggeration.  He allowed both inherited runners to score, but one was on a grounder and one was on a potential inning-ending double play that Nick Shaw couldn’t turn because – and I am just guessing here – that his tag of the 6’7, 270-something Michael Gonzales may have disrupted his throw to first base.
  • STOSH!  3IP, H, 2BB, 6K…Imagine what he could do if he started out 0-1 on most of his hitters.  I am not kidding when I say that he was 1-0 on the first six batters he faced in the game.  He had to have been at 1-0 on 8 of the 12 Snappers he faced.
  • BONUS STOSH! The Canucks are up 2-0 on San Jose in the Western Campbell Conference Finals.  I think he went three innings tonight so he could somehow find a way to follow game three on Friday night.  There’s a lot more privacy in the bullpen.
  • Eric Marzec has now made six outings in May, pitched 10 innings, and allowed ZERO runs.  That save tonight was his first as a professional.
  • Dennis drives in two more, including the game winning run in the fourth.  He did stop at third after coming around from first base on Walker’s double in the third.
  • Although, I am still trying to wrap my head around that play that scored the winning run.  This is how I wrote it up in the game story.Dennis was at the plate with Yadiel Rivera at third and Keen at first. Dennis hit a flyball to shallow center and Wang Wei Lin came on to make a diving catch. Rivera tagged and scored. However, Keen, who went halfway to second on the flyball, thought the ball had been caught and did not see or hear the out call by the base umpire. Keen headed to second base as the throw went home to catcher Matt Parker.Gonzales, the first baseman for the Snappers, was not covering first base since he was the cutoff man on the throw home. Parker realized the that the catch had been made before Keen. This allowed Parker to begin sprinting for first base and eventually just barely beat Keen to the bag to double him off first to end the inning with an odd 8-2 double play.And since Rivera scored before the final out had been recorded, the run counted to put the Rattlers up 4-3.
  • Not sure if Reggie didn’t see the out call because he sure as heckfirethought that he saw the ball hit the ground.  His vantage point was just about as good at the base umpire who made the call.Miscellaneous
  • There was a little confusion before the game today.  First, Zach Braddock was supposed to start game two.  Then, an hour later he was not going to start.  Then, Brooks Hall was placed on the roster and Del Howell went on the DL.  Then roughly 10 minutes before I went on with the pregame show Jimmy Nelson and Hall were moved to the Helena roster*.  Damon Krestalude came off the DL and Dunn was transferred to the Rattlers.
  • Just a guess, but there will probably be more roster moves coming up in the next day or two.  Because Hall was scheduled to pitch one of the games against Burlington this weekend.
  • *-meaning do not read too much into these moves.  Remember that the Rattlers are in a stretch of 12 games in 8 days…or to really shock you 7 games in four days.
  • I would love to give you the probable rotation for the Rattlers series with Burlington (and the Bees rotation, too).  But, everything is off kilter.  It is still Charly Bashara on Friday.  Saturday was supposed to be Del Howell/TBA. Sunday was Nelson. Monday was Ross.  As of now, the only one that I certain of is Bashara on Friday an Ross on Monday.
  • The Rattlers are 21-18 after 39 games this season.  Just for reference:
    2010: 13-26
    2009: 18-21
    2008: 19-20
    2007: 11-28
    2006: 17-22
    2005: 21-18
    2004: 17-22
  • Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am dehydrated, my throat is sore, my nose is stuffed up, and yet I am not even close to tired.  But after a sweep of the Snappers by the Rattlers, I don’t mind at all.  Has anyone seen Broomy McSweep?

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