Postdoubleheader post (May 21, 2011)

Game one Highlights:

Game two Highlights:

Game one:

Rattlers 4, Bees 3
Game Story | Boxscore

Game two:
Bees 10, Rattlers 4
Game Story | Boxscore

  • Game one
  • Brooks Hall looked good tonight.  A high school draft pick from 2009 comes in and goes five innings, allowed three runs on six hits, and struck out three.
  • All three runs and five of the six hits came in the third inning.  I wouldn’t consider any of the hits “screaming mimis” nor would I consider any of them “seeing-eye singles”.
  • Hall was sitting at 88-89 and his change-up was particularly effective tonight.  He threw 76 pitches and 50 of them were strikes.  He was behind in the count maybe five times in the game.  I thought it was a nice debut outing.
  • Especially the way he got out of a self-made jam in the fifth inning.  He got the first two outs rather quickly, but a walk and a hit batsman (on an 0-2 pitch no less) brought Yordy Cabrera to the plate.  The Brewers Prospect got over on the A’s prospect by spotting a 1-2 fastball perfectly on the inside corner for a called third strike.
  • Eric Marzec is now at 12 scoreless innings over seven outings in April.
  • Chris Dennis with his third triple of the season.  He also knocked in TJ Mittelstaedt with a single to put the Rattlers up 4-3.
  • Game two
  • Oh, what could have been.  Bases loaded one out, two runs in up 3-1, with the Bees defense reeling due to three, count them THREE errors in the frame.  But, a popout and a strikeout end the inning.
  • Then, the fourth inning happened….
  • I watched the Bees in the first two and a half games of this series and wondered how they had won 29 games.  I watched them in the top of the fourth and wondered how they had lost 12.
  • Now…they did get help – and a lot of it – from the Rattlers in that inning.  But, they saw the opening, pushed through, and made it bigger.
  • Damon Krestalude was the special guest starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers today.  His last outing prior to game two was May 9.  It lasted 2/3 of an inning.  He made it to the fourth, but gave up a single and a double to the first two batters.  He left after that.  He had tossed 67 pitches (36 strikes) in those 3+ innings.
  • Tom Keeling has been pretty solid out of the bullpen for the last few appearances.  But, there was something a little off today.  He walked the first batter he faced on four pitches.  A sacrifice fly was followed by a two-run triple, a hit batsman, another four pitch walk, an RBI single, a K, and a walk to force in a run.
  • Then, Brian Garman came in to walk in another run on four pitched.
  • WALKER, TIMBER RATTLER! He crushed a pitch for a home run to the beach in right-center in the fifth. HR #7
  • A meteor striking the earth didn’t kill the dinosaurs. It was a Mike Walker Home Run that traveled back in time and caused the Chicxulub impact crater.
  • TJ Mittelstaedt. Knuckleball. Awesome.
  • A bullpen so depleted that they have to turn to a knuckleballing infielder/outfielder…Not awesome.
  • Miscellaneous:
  • Saturday, May 21. A Day In The Life of the Tarp at Time Warner Cable Field.
    On the field from 12pm until 4:30pm
    Off the field from 4:30pm until 12am
    On the field right now
  • It’s not the tarp’s fault. It’s nobody’s fault.  But, saints preserve us, this is getting old.
  • I think that I may actually sound like a human being on the broadcast tomorrow instead of Tommy Tighe impersonating Paul Harvey trying to do a David Lee impression of young George Bailey saying, “Please don’t hit my sore ear again, Mr. Gower.”
  • For the second game in a row, I have no idea who is to be the starting pitcher for the Rattlers.  Add in the fact that I don’t know who will be starting for the Bees later today.  In the words of Count Mondego in the film ‘The County of Monte Cristo” after the Countess Mondego let’s him know that she is onto his unfaithfulness…”It’s actually quite… liberating. Wouldn’t you say?”
  • When I roused myself from my medicine induced haze this morning, I caught the end of an Australian Rules Football game on ESPN 2.  I feel like that football must fell – if it could feel – after a full game.

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