Postgame Thoughts (June 9, 2011)

Mr. Belding throws brats to the fans during the Bratzooka! Promotion at Time Warner Cable Field on June 9, 2011

Rattlers 5, Captains 4
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Well, what do you want to hear about first? Thornbug? You want to hear about Thornburg first, right?
  • 7IP, 2R, 4H, BB, 10K. Unofficially 98 pitches (68 strikes)
  • Plus – after the two 2-out hits in the second inning – he went into shutdown mode.
  • No really.  What else would you call retiring the final 16 batters he faced? Shutdown mode sounds good to me.
  • He was really throwing a lot of changeups tonight.  Good ones, too. Had the Captains off balance all night.
  • Not sure if that was because he was sick the last couple of days or not, but he was working it well on Thursday.
  • One other note on Thornburg.  In the seventh inning, as he neared the end, Thornburg let loose on an 0-2 pitch to either Jesus Aguilar or Alex Lavisky.  He hit 95mph.
  • Greg Hopkins is on a 9-game hitting streak he is 15-for-37 (.405).
  • Over the five games since moving into the #4 spot, Hopkins is 9-for-21 (.429) and has seven RBI.
  • That RBI double gave the Rattlers a 5-2 lead. Turns out they needed it.
  • Greg Holle came on in the eighth with the bases loaded and a run already in to cut the Rattlers lead to 5-3.  He got a weak grounder to third to end the inning.
  • In the ninth…first two batters reach. Sac bunt, RBI grounder to make it 5-4. Walk. Runners at the corners. Two outs.
  • The count on the final batter did not go to 3-2.  Holle got another weak grounder to third and the game ended.
  • Holle is 13-for-13 in save opportunities.
  • Quad Cities lost 2-0 to Lansing.  So, the Rattlers are one game back of the River Bandits in the Wild Card Chase.
  • Wisconsin has 10 games left in the half: 3 v. Fort Wayne; 4 @Peoria; 3 @Cedar Rapids
  • Quad Cities has 9 games left in the half: 3 v. Great Lakes; 3 @Clinton; 3 v. Peoria
  • Records of Rattlers opponents: FW: 26-33; PEO: 30-30; CR: 28-32
  • Records of Bandits opponents: GL: 33-27; CLN: 21-40; PEO: 30-30
  • Quad Cities had a game with Kane County rained out on May 25. It was not made up.
  • I’m not sure when the highlights for tonight’s game will be ready.  Our video people were both starstruck by Mr. Belding and in charge of getting him where he needed to be tonight. They are a little late getting the video posted.
  • Which is fine when you consider I was late getting this post up.  Just head over to the TimberRattlerTV YouTube channel later on tonight and enjoy.

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