June 2011

Lineup & Game Notes (June 30, 2011)

The Rattlers in this picture (From L to R): Watching, Teaching, Learning, & Watching and learning while relaxing on the tarp.

Thursday’s Lineup:
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Walker – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Cody Hawn – DH
Jason Rogers – LF
Joey Paciorek – C
Chad Stang – CF
Mike Brownstein – 2B

Thursday’s Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Thursday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune30

Postgame Thoughts (June 29, 2011)


Rattlers 5, Chiefs 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Thanks to Sports32 for allowing the production crew to cut up the highlights from last night’s game.
  • Brooks Hall doing what Brooks Hall does.  Another fine outing for the 4th rounder in ’09.
  • It’s not in the highlights, but there was a very good play by Mike Walker at third last night.
  • Rubi Silva had tripled with one out in the top of the first. The Rattlers brought the infield in and Walker handled a hot shot off the bat of Greg Rohan. Walker handled the sharply hit grounder looked Silva back and threw out Rohan at first.
  • Oddly, that play happened at just about the same spot Walker and I were talking before the game about the length of the infield grass at Miller Park.
  • Before the game, Walker thought the grass needed to be a little shorter.  After the game, he thought it was juuuust right.
  • In case you were wondering GO/AO ratio for Hall last night was 8/7.
  • No walks and one strikeout.
  • Look at the play on the liner back to the mound and put yourself in Hall’s position.  You want to be a pitcher, eh?
  • Garman and Marzec with more solid work out of the bullpen.
  • Greg Hopkins (3-for-4) becomes the second Rattler to homer at Miller Park. Brock Kjeldgaard hit one in ’09.
  • Cody Hawm probably should have had three hits, two, but Silva made a diving catch on a sinking liner to right in the 6th.
  • Overall, a fun night for all.
  • The bus arrived at the hotel in Cedar Rapids around 3am today.
  • Movies on the trip so far: Tommy Boy and Super Troopers.
  • Arrival time for the team to the ballpark is 3pm.  Game time is 6:35pm.
  • Expect today’s lineup and game notes…soon.
  • Let’s go, Rattlers!

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Lineup, Game notes, Transactions (June 29, 2011)

This view never gets old!

Wednesday’s Lineup
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Walker – 3B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Chris Dennis – DH
Cody Hawn – 1B
Tony Pechek – C
Chad Stang – CF
Franklin Romero – RF

Wednesday’s Starting Pitcher:
Brooks Hall

Wednesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune29

Wednesday’s Transactions:
RHP Adrian Rosario has been transferred from Brevard County to Wisconsin.
C Joey Paciorek 
has been returned from a rehab assignment at Helena and reinstated from the Wisconsin DL.
RHP Skyler Crawford has been returned from a rehab assignment at Helena and reinstated from the Wisconsin DL.
INF Jason Rogers
has been transferred from Helena to Wisconsin.

C Tyler Roberts has been transferred from Wisconsin to Helena.
RHP Damon Krestalude
has been released from the Wisconsin roster.
RHP Jameson Dunn
has been placed on the DL at Wisconsin retroactive to 6/26.
OF Reggie Keen has been placed on the DL at Wisconsin retroactive to 6/27.

Updated Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_062911

Postgame thoughts (June 28, 2011)

Chiefs 4, Rattlers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • A throw to first from right out in front of the plate at 7:12 at night is a tough play.  The angle of the sun means that the first baseman will have a tough time seeing a ball thrown from there.  Wouldn’t you just know that Szczur bunted it to that spot.
  • The throw wasn’t perfect, but – from the booth – it looked like Hawn didn’t see it until the last second.
  • Of course, Szczur was going to score after that play.
  • After the home run by Jones put the Rattlers up 2-0 in the top of the fourth, Wisconsin tried to put together a rally
  • Two walks, three hits…one run.
  • Shaw walked, but got caught running before a 3-1 pitch to Hawn could be delivered.  He was out 1-3-6.
  • Hawn walks. Hopkins singles.  Walker singles. Dennis singles to drive in the run.
  • Then, Brent Ebinger came out of the bullpen to get the next two outs.  And allow one hit over 4-2/3 innings.
  • Wisconsin had three base runners over the last five innings.  None reached second base.
  • Maverick Lasker was not throwing strikes down in Brevard County. So, he came down to Wisconsin and hit the target 64 out of 93 times.
  • I thought he pitched well.  That second home run by Jones…sheesh….I don’t know. It just kept carrying.  Dennis looked like he would have a play, but it made it over the wall for a two-out, two-run home run and a 4-1 lead.
  • A 4-1 lead was so much different from a 2-1 lead.
  • Pechek threw out two would be base stealers.  Nice.
  • I know…I know…it’s WAAAAY to early to be looking at this….BUT, Kane County won again tonight. They are 5-0 to start the half.  Beloit lost in extra innings at Clinton.  So, Beloit is 4-1 to start the half.  At 1-4 the Rattlers are four games and three games out of the two playoff spots.  PLUS, they need to climb over all the other teams that missed the playoffs in the first half to get there.
  • Busy day tomorrow, but this is going to be like sleeping on Christmas Eve.  Almost impossible.
  • We hope to see you at Miller Park for the game against the Peoria Chiefs.  Come on out and cheer on the Rattlers.

Lineup & Game Notes (June 28, 2011)

Two ways to make today better: Come out to the game. Watch the Rattlers win

Tuesday’s Lineup:
TJ Mittelstaedt – RF
Nick Shaw – SS
Cody Hawn – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Mike Walker – DH
Chris Dennis – LF
Mike Brownstein – 3B
Tony Pechek – C
Chad Stang – CF

Tuesday’s Starting Pitcher:
Maverick Lasker

Tuesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune28

Postgame thoughts (6/27/11)

Chiefs 16, Rattlers 7
Boxscore | Game story

  • Sooo, that was a weird five minute rain shower before the game, eh?
  • Unofficially Matt Miller with 50 pitches (34 strikes) tonight in 1-2/3 innings.
  • He will have better days in the second half.
  • But, he has to get the ball down.  Lots of stuff was left up today.
  • For example, Ryan Cuneo was the first batter in the second inning.  Miller got ahead of him 0-2.  The next pitch was up and on the outside corner.  Cuneo pulled it into right for a single.
  • The errors didn’t help – five unearned runs out of eight scored – but there were three straight RBI singles after the error that would have been the first out of the second inning.
  • Like I said, Miller will have better days.
  • The Chiefs sure didn’t look like a team that had lost 10 straight games.
  • Peoria broadcaster Nathan Baliva brought this game up today.

    The Peoria Chiefs scored thirteen runs in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon to beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 15-5. Anthony Monegan had four RBI and Tyler Parker had a two-run homer in the decisive inning. Parker also homered later in the game for the Chiefs. Stuart Pomeranz struck out ten Rattlers over seven innings for his second win of the season.

  • I really hated him for bringing that game up on its 7th anniversary.
  • Nathan also brought up – just before he hit in the eighth inning – that the Chiefs had held Mike Walker hitless in a game against them for the first time this season.
  • See the last offensive highlight above to see how THAT turned out.
  • You have to respect Nathan for jinxing his own guys like that.  I respect him for that.
  • Walker against the Chiefs this season: 14-for-36, 5 HR, 18 RBI
  • I think that makes him a pick to click at Miller Park on Wednesday night
  • Entering last Saturday’s game, the Rattlers had scored 297 runs and had allowed 296 runs.
  • This was after being outscored by quite a bit over the first half of the season.
  • After Monday’s game, the Rattlers have been outscored 323-309
  • Keep running up that road. Keep running up that hill.
  • TJ Mittelstaedt started the bottom of the eighth inning warming up in the bullpen.  Why shouldn’t he.  He was due up seventh in the inning.  He had to run in from the bullpen after Hopkins doubled in two runs because he was up after Walker.
  • Mittelstaedt singled when he got his turn to bat in the 8th.
  • Nick Shaw, who walked twice on Monday, and Walker both have 46 walks this season.  They are tied for the lead in the MWL in that category.
  • I am very interested in seeing Maverick Lasker as the starting pitcher for the Rattlers on Tuesday night.  Maverick admitted to me that he was walking too many guys.    His last start was June 21 against Dunedin, four walks and four strikeouts in three innings.
  • By the way, Timber Rattlers Field Pass debuts on Sports 32 Tuesday night.  We talk with Matt Erickson and Aaron Hahn, there is a package on the Rattlers in the MWL All-Star Game, and I found a new way to make a fool of myself as I try the visual training that the players use.
  • That last part does not go well…Plus…I wear 3-D Glasses.
  • Get ’em tomorrow.

Lineup & Game Notes (June 27, 2011)

The Rattlers of today work with the Rattlers of tomorrow.

Monday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – 2B
Mike Brownstein – SS
Cody Hawn – DH
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Mike Walker – 1B
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Chad Stang – CF
Tyler Roberts – C
Franklin Romero – RF

Monday’s Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Monday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune27

Postgame thoughts (June 26, 2011)

River Bandits 8, Rattlers 3 (10 innings)
Boxscore | Game Story

  • That comeback was something else
  • The tenth inning was not
  • One of the things that Matt Erickson talked about during the interview that will be on the next edition of Field Pass is keeping the ball from going to the backstop.  There were a pair of wild pitches in the tenth.  The first sent the go ahead run to third with one out and changed the complexion of the hole inning.  The second allowed the fifth run of the inning to score.
  • If you get a chance, go back and take a look at the home run from Chris Dennis on Saturday night.  Was that bat flip worthy of getting hit by a pitch his second time up on Sunday?
  • I don’t know for sure, but it sure looked intentional when Dennis got hit today.
  • It might have been the fact that it was the second pitch after Dennis barely got out of the way of the first pitch.
  • Enough about this game.  I don’t have a lot to add except maybe to make the Badger Basketball analogy to the offense again
  • Matt Miller gets the start for the Rattlers on Monday against a Peoria team that has lost 10 straight games.
  • Miller can’t wait to get out there.  It will be his first action since May 19.
  • come on out tomorrow night at 7:05pm.

Lineup & Game Notes (June 26, 2011)

U2 kicks us off today because it is a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

Sunday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw 2B
Mike Brownstein SS
Cody Hawn 1B
Mike Walker 3B
Chris Dennis DH
TJ Mittelstaedt LF
Chad Stang CF
Tyler Roberts C
Franklin Romero RF

Sunday’s Starting Pitcher:
Del Howell

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune26

Postgame Thoughts (June 25, 2011)

River Bandits 3, Rattlers 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • I mentioned the other night on twitter that I was watching the AJ Burnett no hitter on ESPN Classic. That was the game where he was with the Marlins, walked nine, struck out seven, and pitched a nine-inning no-no at San Diego on May 12, 2001.
  • At the time I was thinking, “Wow.”
  • Tonight, I was thinking, “How.”
  • Seth Blair was the starting pitcher for the River Bandits.  He walked seven and struck out eight in five innings without allowing a hit.  Blair was at 93 pitches through five innings.  There should be no questions as to why he came out of the game with a no-hitter.
  • Jimmy Nelson. That outing could have been much worse.  It also could have been much better.
  • From the It could have been much better file:
    The first of the two runs that scored in the third inning was set up with a leadoff walk, a stolen base, and a wild pitch.
    The second of the two runs that scored in the third inning was a mistake on a 1-2 pitch to Jonathan Rodriguez.
  • From the It could have been much worse file:
    In the fourth, Quad Cities first two batters reached on a double and a single.  They only scored once.
    By my unofficial tally, I had Nelson at 101 pitches over six innings.
  • I will paraphrase an old Timber Rattlers coach to mention this about Jimmy Nelson.  He has the tools.  He just needs the toolbox.
  • I have no idea what that means, but it sounds good.
  • Hidden gems in the video highlights above:
    Watch the Quad Cities right fielder sneak a peek at the home run by Chris Dennis.
    Watch the reaction of the fans on the Miller High Life Home Run Porch as they realize where the ball landed
    Check out that catch by Franklin Romero
    Watch how perfect the relay throw from Nick Shaw is to the plate
  • Unfortunately, the director cut away from Frankie just before he turned to see his catch on the video board as he was jogging into the dugout with Stang after the catch.  That was pretty cool.
  • Back to Dennis for a moment.  That was home run #30 for him in his Timber Rattlers career.  The franchise record is 36 and is held by Juan Silvestre.
  • Del Howell has replaced Jameson Dunn for the start tomorrow afternoon.  As of now, Dunn is just being skipped in the rotation.  That’s all I have been told.
  • Get ’em tomorrow…with the Power of the Hawaiian Shirt!

    St. Thomas Sullivan Magnum, Patron Saint of the 2011 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Sundays

    The Rattlers are allowed to wear Hawaiian shirts to the ballpark on Sundays. They are 8-3 on Sunday's this season.

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