June 2011

Lineup & Game Notes (June 7, 2011)

So THAT'S what this place looks like....

Back home for six games to make the push for the playoffs!  Come on out to see the Rattlers and much, much, more.

Tuesday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
Nick Shaw – 2B
Cody Hawn – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Mike Walker – DH
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Tyler Roberts – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Franklin Romero – RF

Tuesday’s Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Tuesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune7

Draft review (1st round) & Day 2 links

I almost titled this post: JUST GO OVER TO BERNIE’S CREW because that is where I am sending you.

Here is Jim’s post on Milwaukee’s two top picks from Monday night.

Brief Scouting Reports. Click the link for the full deal:

RHP Taylor Jungmann

The right-hander is one of the most accomplished pitchers in the NCAA. He compiled a 0.95 ERA prior to the postseason and was the undisputed ace on a very talented University of Texas pitching staff.

At 6-foot-6, Jungmann gets very good downhill movement on his pitches. His fastball sits 91-93 MPH and can touch higher. He works it down in the strike zone very well and generates a good amount of groundballs. That plus-fastball is complemented by a very good curveball that has defined, two-plane break and a changeup that has reportedly improved throughout the spring.

LHP Jed Bradley

Milwaukee drafted a 6-foot-4 lefty to pair with Jungmann in this draft class, and Bradley is also considered one of the more advanced and safe pitchers in the draft. Unlike Jungmann, however, Bradley put up disappointing numbers for much of his collegiate career and has only come on the scene recently.

He improved dramatically over the past year — especially in Cape Cod — and posted a 3.49 ERA with Georgia Tech. This includes a 9.73 K/9 strikeout rate and a 2.85 BB/9 walk rate. His fastball sits comfortably in the 91-94 MPH range and has reportedly touched 97 MPH. Bradley maintains his velocity deep into games due to his big frame and even has a bit of projection left in him.

And Day Two has begun.  Here is the Bernie’s Crew thread for the day.

To follow the draft LIVE! here is the MLB.com draft tracker.

Milwaukee has already taken Pitcher Jorge Lopez from the Caguas Military Academy in Puerto Rico with the 70th pick of the draft.

Draft, 2011: Day One

The “First Year Player Draft” starts tonight.  At 5pm CDT.  It continues for 50 rounds over the next three days.

The Brewers draft 12th and 15th in the 1st round,  70th in the second round, 100th in the third round, & 131 in the 4th round.

MLB.com has a website devoted to the draft.  They also have a video preview with Jonathan Mayo.

Draft tracker will have all the picks.

Okay, you are most interested in the Brewers picks and which of those picks will be with the Rattlers at some point in 2011.

Here is your required reading:
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has this article.

Bernie’s Crew….Just…Bernie’s Crew…or, if you want just one post over there try the Bernie’s Crew draft day thread.

That thread is where I found the link to this Jonathan Mayo article that projects the Brewers taking Sonny Gray, a pitcher out of Vanderbilt, and Tyler Anderson, a pitcher out of Oregon, with their first round picks.

I’m reluctant to send you to this mock draft at Baseball America because it’s from April 25…Come ON, guys…There’s gotta be a more recent one than that.  They have the Brewers taking George Springer (a pitcher out of UCONN) and Blake Swihart (a high school catcher out of the Cleveland area).

Round One is tonight.  Rounds 2 through 30 start tomorrow at 11:00am CDT.  Rounds 31-50 are Wednesday beginning at 11am CDT.

Postgame Thoughts (June 5, 2011)

Two runs score on a first inning by Greg Hopkins on Sunday at Dayton.

Rattlers 4, Dragons 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Road trip record 5-8. Record in Last four games: 3-1
  • So, after a 2-7 start, the Rattlers regrouped and took three out of the last four. Nice job.
  • For those interested in velocity…and I know there are a few of you…Brooks Hall topped out at 92 and was tossing several easy 91’s to the plate.
  • Nice offspeed pitches from him as well as he recorded five strikeouts.  Only one walk, too.
  • Two straight quality starts for Hall, too.
  • Game #2 with Hopkins in the #4 spot and he cleans up with a two run single in the first…as seen above…He has four RBI in those games.
  • Yes, another error for Rivera on a throw that he should not have made to try to get the speedy Billy Hamilton on a potential double play ball.  But, YES! another great play to save a run for Eric Marzec in the 8th.
  • I’m just going to go ahead and give Holle an honorary 1-2-3 ninth inning today.  He had two outs. Then, broken bat blooper to center for single. Then, bad hop single. That brings the tying run to the plate.
  • No problem. Grounder to Rivera at short. Game over.
  • I was a little VERY surprised that Holle did not make the Western Division All-Star squad.  Before today he was 11-for-11 in save opportunities. He’s had two bad outings that jumped his ERA up there and those were not save opportunities.  No other Western Division Closer had more than seven saves before today.  And yet…
  • Here are the other relievers on the Western Division squad for the All-Star Game.  Click the link for their player pages. Daniel Tenholder (BUR), Zach Thornton (BUR), Dakota Robinson (CR), Justin Wright (QC).
  • And here is Holle’s MiLB.com Player page.
  • I am biased, but Holle should be on this Western Division Team for the All-Star Game
  • And just for grins, here is Marzec’s page. He should have at least been in the conversation to a spot.
  • I saw a note somewhere on the Brewers record in certain jerseys so far this season.  I think the Brewers are now 10-9 when wearing the blue tops in 2011.
  • In a Rattlers related note on attire, Sunday’s are Hawaiian Shirt day for the team.  They can wear a Hawaiian shirt on the bus or to the clubhouse on Sundays instead of the required normal collared shirt.  Wisconsin is 6-3 on Sundays this season.  That includes a 3-1 record on Sunday road games.
  • I’ll say this there are some ugly shirts on this bus.
  • Bowling shirts are also an option. I brought one along on this trip.  I did not wear it.  I felt it was too powerful for them.
  • And now…we ride back to Wisconsin.  It is 6:00pm central time as I wrap this up.  We got on the road about an hour ago, but there is a long way to go.  Everyone should enjoy the day off on Monday and be ready to get back to work on Tuesday.  Lake County is coming to town to start a three game series and the Wild Card Spot is right there for this Rattlers team.  They trail Quad Cities by a game with 13 games left because the River Bandits lost in South Bend and Peoria lost in Great Lakes.
  • Can’t wait to see Time Warner Cable Field again.  Can’t wait to see everyone at the ballpark this week.
  • Now, I’ll hum this little John Denver tune in my head for the next eight hours.

Lineup & Game Notes (June 5, 2011)

Field level shot of Fifth Third Field. Click for a much larger image.

Last day of the road trip. Finish strong!

Sunday’s lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
Nick Shaw – 2B
Mike Walker – DH
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Cody Hawn – 1B
Chris Dennis – LF
Tyler Roberts – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Franklin Romero – RF

Sunday’s Starting Pitcher:
Brooks Hall

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune5

Sunday’s Bonus Music Video#1:

Sunday’s Bonus Music Video #2:

Postgame Thoughts (June 4, 2011)

Tyler Thornburg hurls a pitch to the plate on Saturday night in Dayton. Thornburg moves his record to 5-0 in the 13-2 win.

Rattlers 13, @Dragons 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Where do you want me to start?
  • Okay…Thornburg. 6-2/3 innings pitched three walks, seven strikeouts…and WHAT’S THIS?*…two runs?!?!
  • I’m kidding. He was probably going to give up another run at some point this season. His scoreless streak ends at 23-2/3 innings.
  • *-That WHAT’S THIS? is always better when you say it the way that the narrator from the Adam West Batman TV show said it.
  • For you velocity mavens out there, Thornburg was at 94 on the stadium gun into the seventh inning.
  • Unofficially, he was at 93 pitches (67 strikes) in the game.

This is the left field bleacher section at Fifth Third Field. Reggie Keen hit a line drive into it for a homer in the third inning.

  • If you click on that picture for the bleacher section, you will see the 381′ mark at the far right.  Reggie Keen hit a triple to the right of that 381′ marker on the second pitch of the game for a triple. He scored after a misplay off the wall and the Rattlers were up 1-0.
  • Then – in the third – ReGGiereg21 with a line shot into the bleachers.
  • Still the third – 2-0 Rattlers, none on, two out. Rattlers drew three straight walks.  Bringing Tyler Roberts to the plate.  A 3-2 breaking ball and he drove it to the right field corner for a three-run double.
  • By the way, Roberts has at least one RBI in his last four games: 2 on SUN in KC; 2 on THU in BG, 1 last night, and 4 tonight
  • Greg Hopkins hit in the cleanup spot tonight.  It was the first time he hit 4th this season. He hit 4th 49 times in Helena in ’10
  • Hopkins went 2-for-4 with 2RBI, and three runs scored tonight.
  • Hopkins also played second tonight with Nick Shaw starting at short to give Yadiel Rivera the night off.
  • That night off lasted until the sixth.
  • Mike Walker, who picked up RBI #40 on the season earlier in the game, fouled a ball very hard off his right foot in the fifth. ATTENTION!  ATTENTION! Precautionary removal
  • Reggie Keen also made an awesome catch on a ball hit deep to center in the sixth.  Ran back.  Made the catch. Crashed into the wall. Held on to the ball.

Are they leaving because it's 13-1 or because of the weather that is heading for the stadium?

  • Yes. Fifth Third Field started to empty out after the 7th inning stretch. Actually, they started to file out in the top of the 7th.  I think that the severe weather bearing down on Fifth Third Field.

The wind causes the US flag on the lumber company across the street to stand straight out. Yes. Bad weather coming to the ballpark.

  • Yes. The umpires made the right call when they called for the tarp after the top of the 8th.

Tarp on the field.

Four minutes later

Close up on the scoreboard through the rain.

  • Good place to end it.

Lineup & Game Notes (June 4, 2011)

Field level view of Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio.

Saturday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
Nick Shaw – SS
Cody Hawn – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Mike Walker – 3B
Chris Dennis – DH
Tyler Roberts – C
Robbie Garvey – RF
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF

Saturday’s Starting Pitcher:
Tyler Thornburg

The opposing starter is Daniel Tuttle. I’m sure he’s is a fine player and everything, but whenever I hear the name Tuttle, I think of two other Tuttle’s. One played high school basketball for Argyle in the early 90’s. The other was a plot point/imaginary character from one of the funniest early episodes of M*A*S*H.

Trying to get the video to embed, but it won’t…read the summary here or click that second link in the previous paragraph.

If there were any justice in the world, There would be a Murdoch to follow Tuttle in the Dragons rotation.

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune4

Postgame Thoughts (June 3, 2011)

I call this one "Opportunity"

Dragons 8, Rattlers 1
Boxscore | Game story

  • Austin Ross had a rough night tonight.  Lots of strikes, but lots of hard hit balls and lots of runs.
  • Plus, on the stolen base by Billy Hamilton in the second inning, Tyler Roberts throw to second hit Ross. Ouch.
  • One of the hits that was not hard hit was in the third.  Jaren Matthews hit a ball that bounced in fair territory, turned into foul territory, and spun back into fair territory. All of this happened within 45′ up the third baseline.
  • That’s when I figured it wasn’t going to be the Rattlers night.
  • Two batters later, a double into the right field corner drives in two more runs for a 7-0 Dayton lead.
  • So…It’s 8-0 it’s the seventh inning. Roberts drives in a run with a single. Then, a walk loads the bases with no outs…
  • Three strikeouts later and it’s still 8-1.
  • A couple of reappearances for the Rattlers today.  TJ Mittelstaedt played in a game for the first time since he left that game in Peoria on May 26.  Del Howell came out of the bullpen and worked two scoreless innings in his first game since May 10.
  • Here is where I would usually put video of Van Zan’s speech in Reign of Fire, but since no one has put it out there yet, here is the main quote I wanted to share: There’s nothing magical about it. They’re made of flesh and blood. You take out their heart you bring down the beast.
  • Here is where I admit to you the Reign of Fire is a horrible, terrible movie…that I have watched on several occasions.
  • Help me.
  • Add Daniel Corcino to the list of opposing pitchers with 10 or more strikeouts in a game against the Timber Rattlers.
  • That makes five. Corino with 10 in seven innings tonight. Yordano Ventura (KC) with 10 on May 27;  James Paxton (CLN) 10 on May 13; Taijuan Walker (CLN) 11 on May 15; Manuel Soliman (BEL) 11 on May 17 were the others.
  • The Rattlers offense has struck out 469 times this season.  They are second in the league in that category.  Dayton “leads” the league in that category with 487.
  • The Bad News: Burlington won tonight. That moves the Rattlers to 9.5 games behind the Bees with 15 games left in the first half.
  • The Good News: Quad Cities, Peoria, AND Cedar Rapids all lost tonight. The Rattlers are still in 4th place, but two games behind Quad Cities – the current Wild Card holder, one game behind Peoria, and one game ahead of Cedar Rapids and Beloit.
  • The Bad News: The Rattlers have 15 games six at home and nine on the road.  AND the six home games are all against Eastern Division teams.
  • Tyler Thornburg on the hill on Saturday at Dayton.
  • Get ’em tomorrow.
  • Closing Note: The Brewers won…RYAN BRAUN!!!!!ELEVENTY!ZOMG!!!!  As I said on twitter, I wish my scheduled off days went as well as Ryan Braun’s scheduled off days!

Lineup, Transactions, & Game notes (June 3, 2011)

Centerfield view of Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio.

INF TJ Mittelstaedt has been activated from the DL
RHP Damon Krestalude has been placed on the DL retroactive to June 2

Updated Wisconsin Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_060311

Friday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
Nick Shaw – 2B
TJ Mittelstaedt – RF
Cody Hawn – 1B
Mike Walker – DH
Chris Dennis – LF
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Tyler Roberts – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Friday’s Starting Pitcher:
Austin Ross

Friday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune3

Well after the June 3 game thoughts

Mike Walker is a blur rounding third after his 10th home run of the season. You know what else is a blur...most of the last 15 hours.

Rattlers 6, Hot Rods 3
Box score | Game story

  • Jameson Dunn now has a 14-1/3 inning scoreless streak.  Fastball topped out at 94. Good movement on the breaking balls. And threw the changeup for strikes when he needed to do that.
  • Of course, Yadiel Rivera’s diving stab of a liner ticketed for left field with a runner at third and one out will help keep a lot of scoreless streaks intact.
  • 15 hits for the offense!  Everybody had at least one hit.
  • And yet, it was 2-0 until the sixth.
  • The Rattlers were playing small ball in the sixth inning.  Walker singled.  Romero dropped a sacrifice bunt up the first base line and no one covered the bag to let Frankie get a hit.  Then, Garvey dropped a bunt up the third base line and the pitcher Victor Marte turned to throw to third. Problem: no one was covering that bag either.  Bases loaded on two wannabe sacrifice bunts.
  • Then, Tyler Roberts waited back on an 0-2 breaking ball and lined a two run single into left.  Unfortunately, Garvey got hung up between second and third. Fortunately, he stayed in the rundown long enough for Roberts to get to second base.
  • Rivera followed with a double and the Rattlers were up 6-0. Rivera with three hits last night! Nice.
  • By the way, Dennis Haskins was at the game in Bowling Green last night.  He threw out a first pitch, signed autographs, sung Take Me Out to the Ballgame, asked for the teachers to stand up and be recognized during the 7th inning stretch, and did a postgame meet and greet with fans.
  • He was pretty cool and he will be at Time Warner Cable Field on June 9 with pretty much the same plan in mind.  See you there, Mr. Belding!

Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell) during the 7th inning stretch in Bowling Green on Thursday.

  • The Rattlers bus got into the hotel at 4:45am this morning. The eastern time zone is STUPID, by the way.  I was on the early bus.  The late bus doesn’t leave until 3:30 EDT/2:30CDT.  The days just seem to be getting longer on this road trip.
  • Happy Austin Ross Day!
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