Postgame Thoughts (June 14, 2011)

Even the opposing catcher is there to greet Mike Walker after a grand slam.

Rattlers 12 Chiefs 5
Boxscore | Game story

  • Ross worked hard tonight.  95 pitches in five innings.  He probably should have been out of that third inning before any runs scored – or before Chris Hook got ejected – but after the grand slam he got six of his 11 Ks in the final 2-1/3 innings.
  • Truth be told everyone had problems figuring 0ut the strike zone of the umpire tonight.  This was the first time either team had seen him call a game.
  • Welcome back, Mike Brownstein!   His first pro home run could not have come at a better time.  A three-run blast in the fourth got the Rattlers right back in the game.
  • Since I bring up the 1-for-10 and 2-for-17 stat on nights when the Rattlers struggle with runners in scoring position, let’s bring this stat up tonight: The Rattlers were 7-for-13 with runners  in scoring position.  That included 6-for-10 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
  • Tyler Cravy and Eric Marzec do the job with two scoreless innings a piece.
  • Something to keep your eye on for tomorrow:  Chris Dennis tried to blast the ball out of Micah Gibbs grasp in the seventh inning.  The Peoria catcher held on and words were exchanged. The ball may have been flipped.  Benches cleared. Bullpens emptied. Order was restored.  Nothing happened when Dennis batted in the eighth.
  • Cody Hawn with three hits and a walk.  Two of the three hits were very similar to hits earlier in the season (like last week) where an opponent would make a spectacular play.  The 7-leaf clover is working.
  • Mike Walker hits the second grand slam of the season for the Rattlers.  First time since 2008 the Rattlers have had two grand slams with the bases loaded.
  • AND he drew his 41st walk of the season. He leads the MWL in that category.
  • So, Walker now has 11 home runs and is slated to participate in Home Run Derby on June 20 at Quad Cities.
  • If you can still call it home run derby.  From the River Bandits website:
    The Midwest League All-Star Home Run Derby will take place on the field at Modern Woodmen Park on Monday, June 20, beginning at 7 p.m. The format will be different than in years past. This year’s home run derby will be a combination of a hitting showcase and a home run derby. Players will be heavily rewarded for hitting home runs, but hitters will also be awarded points, and earn money for local Quad Cities charities, for hitting randomly placed targets around the field and stadium. There will also be special guest entertainers performing between rounds of the derby.
  • The contestants in this contest include Travis Witherspoon of Cedar Rapids (Four homers) and Michael Crouse of Lansing (Five homers).  The reason those two are included? Stolen bases.  No. Really.
  • I want to give this a chance, but the phrase”Re-inventing the wheel” keeps running through my head.
  • Along with “The Russian Bear Trio” and David “No Way” Burlet, the acts that will entertain fans during the home run derby…instead of…you know…the Home Run Derby entertaining fans during the Home Run Derby.
  • Sorry. Cheap shot.
  • Why do I have the feeling that the players are just going to say, “The HECK with this, I’m swinging for the fences!”?
  • But, I’ll give it a chance. The plan is to live blog both the…what Hitting Exhibition….and the All-Star Game right here on the blog.
  • PLAYOFF STUFF: Quad Cities won, Beloit split a doubleheader.  Rattlers are alone in third place right now. They still trail Quad Cities by two games.  The Rattlers (34-30) have six games left. The River Bandits (36-28) have four games left.
  • To get the First half Wild Card:
    If the Rattlers go 4-2 in their last six games, they would be 38-32. QC would have to go 1-4 (37-32)
    If the Rattlers go 5-1 in their last six games, they would be 39-31. QC would have to go 2-3 (38-31)
    If the Rattlers go 6-0 in their last six games, the would be 40-30. QC would have to go 3-2 (39-30)
  • They can only take care of what is in front of them.  Rattlers sending Tyler Thornburg and PROBABLY Dan Britt on Wednesday in the doubleheader at Peoria.
  • Let’s see what happens.


Great to see the Rattlers unleash some of the corporate offensive weaponry that has been hot and cold most of the first half. Cody is such a good contact hitter. Nice to see them finally falling for him. He deserves it. Burlington’s pitching better stay strong in the second half because we are coming on fast. I might be letting my emmotions get the best of me but the T- Rat fans may be in for a fun second stanza. Hitting and pitching are coming along great. Dare I say we could be the team to beat on the back nine. Can’t wait to see what unveils. GO T- RATS!!!!!!!!!!

“Mike Walker hits the second grand slam of the season for the Rattlers. First time since 2008 the Rattlers have had two grand slams with the bases loaded.”

How many grand slams have they hit without the bases loaded?

Imagine me saying this as the Sea Captain from the “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” Episode of “The Simpsons”. Aye, once. When I was sailing ’round the Arctic…

The Grand Slam comment slam was pretty funny. I can’t beleive I missed that the first time I read the Walker thought. Yogi Berra would be jelous of that one. It actually sounds like something I would say.

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