July 2011

Postgame thoughts (July 31, 2011)

Burlington 5, Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Nice work by the bullpen today.  Good to see Holle back in form, Britt get back in action, and Williams back on track.
  • Ramirez showing off some of that power.  Dude, that home run in the ninth was……titanic.
  • Sorry about that.
  • Stang with better routes on fly balls today.  A couple of very nice catches in the highlights.
  • Tough third inning as Bashara got the first two outs, but the next two reached and AJ Kirby-Jones homered.
  • Tougher fourth inning as the Rattlers got two runners on with no outs and did not score
  • Toughest sixth inning as the Rattlers loaded the bases with no outs and did not score
  • Not much to comment on today and kind of a downer post.
  • So how about a little something that my programming tells me is what you humans call “adorable”.

Awwwwwwwwwww. Credit: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Lineup & Game Notes (July 31, 2011)

A great Sunday for baseball!

Sunday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Brownstein – 2B
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Jason Rogers – DH
Mike Walker – 3B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Chad Stang – CF
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero – RF

Wisconsin starting pitcher:
Charly Bashara

Burlington starting pitcher:
Blake Hassebrock

Sunday’s game notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly31

Sunday’s bonus video as the production crew put together a very nice version of “It’s A Beautiful Day for a Ballgame”:

Up to the very end that is.   But, don’t let that detract from your enjoyment!

Postgame Thoughts (July 30, 2011)

Burlington 8, Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Need to keep this short.  The team bus got in at 3am today and I was in early – “relatively” early.
  • My favorite part of that highlight video is the Burlington shortstop’s reaction to Walker being called safe on the double.
  • And he was safe.
  • There were a couple of early opportunities there for the Rattlers tonight.
  • In the words of someone else, “Stang stung the ball tonight”.
  • Stang went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk
  • Speaking of stinging the ball, take a look at the triple by Shaw in the highlights.
  • Rosario had some ridiculous stuff tonight.  Ridiculous. Stuff.
  • Stupid weather.  At least the storm blew threw quickly and the game started.
  • The grounds crew and just about everyone else in the front office did a great job getting the tarp on in quickly deteriorating conditions.
  • They got the tarp on after the game tonight as a “just in case” (At least, I hope it’s a “just in case”).  It’s scheduled to come off the field at 7am.
  • Gotta run. Quick sleep and a lot to do.  Get ‘em in the afternoon.

Lineup & Game Notes (July 30, 2011)

NOTE: The grounds crew and the front office and the concession workers and the interns managed to get the tarp on the field before it started to rain.  Holy Rizzuto was it windy.   It is raining now.  Please go away, rain.

This picture was taken before the tarp went on the field and it started to rain.

Nice crop circle you got there.

Saturday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen CF
Nick Shaw SS
TJ Mittelstaedt LF
Nick Ramirez 1B
Mike Walker 3B
Jason Rogers DH
Greg Hopkins 2B
Joey Paciorek C
Chad Stang RF

Wisconsin starting pitcher:
Matt Miller

Burlington starting pitcher:
Jose Macias

Saturday’s Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotesJuly30

Saturday’s bonus close up of the outfield pattern:

Getting up on the roof is a lot of effort, but the view is worth it.

Postgame thoughts (July 29, 2011)

The view from the booth in Clinton.

Clinton 5, Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Brooks Hall! Ten strikeouts! One Walk! One Earned run!
  • Also, One balk. I’m not sure why it was a balk.  Matt Erickson didn’t look like he thought too much of the explanation
  • The talk on the bus was the 3-2 pitch from Williams to Kevin Williams in the 7th.
  • That was the second walk of inning.  3-2 pitch looked very, very good.
  • Look, I don’t want to turn this nightly post into a nightly whine about calls that don’t go the Rattlers way.
  • Just pointing out that the call there put two one base with one out. Instead of one one at first with two outs
  • Positives tonight:
  • Have I mentioned Brooks Hall?  Brooks. Hall.
  • Romero with a triple AND his second walk of the road trip.
  • RBI #72 for Mike Walker
  • Nick Ramirez with a solid single to right for his first Midwest League hit.
  • This road trip is over. It feels like the bus has been on the road forever.
  • I actually referred to my hotel room this morning as “Home”
  • Getting home early this morning; can’t wait to see Time Warner Cable Field…can’t wait to be HOME again.
  • The Rattlers will get another crack (well, four cracks) at the LumberKings next week (8/2-5).

Lineup and Game Notes (July 29, 2011)

I've seen a fire truck, a police car, and a train up close on this visit to Clinton. All I need to see is a Saturn V rocket and a P-51 Mustang and this will be the coolest trip to Clinton ever!

Friday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Jason Rogers – DH
Mike Walker – 3B
Nick Ramirez -  1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Mike Brownstein – SS
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin starting pitcher:
Brooks Hall

Clinton starting pitcher:
Anthony Fernandez

Friday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly29

Bonus Friday Train picture:

Because you can never have too many pictures of a train AND to show how close the ballpark is to the tracks.

Bonus Train Song:

Bonus MST3K Train Song:

Bonus MST3K Train Gag:

 

Yes. It’s been a long road trip. Why do you ask?

Postgame thoughts (July 28, 2011)

Kind of a nice view

 

Clinton 8, Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

  • “He missed the tag”
  • “How could he?”
  • There have been two plays at the plate on this road trip that have been pivotal to the way the games have been decided.  The first was way back in game one of the trip on July 20.  Remember, force play at the plate in the bottom of the 12th in a tie game? Throw beat the runner and the umpire was the only one in the stadium who thought Joey Paciorek came off the plate.
  • Tonight, two outs runners at first and second, single to right. Stang throws to the plate and beat the guy by about five feet. The plate umpire ruled him safe.
  • From my vantage point, it sure looked like Paciorek tagged him.
  • Unfortunately, the phone line decided to disconnect just before that play at the plate.  So the “Throw is….IN TIME…SAFE?!?!?!” call will have to be left to your imagination.
  • Could have been worse.  THIS could have been my vantage point in another Western Division Stadium.
  • There are a couple of things that stung with that bottom of the seventh inning on Wednesday.
  • First, the Rattlers scraped together a run in the top of the frame to tie the game 4-4.
  • Then, Greg Holle got the first two outs of the seventh.
  • Grounder to right for a single. Walk. Single to right. Close play at the plate. Safe. 2-run double. Pitching change. HBP, RBI single.
  • Jason Rogers now with four homers this season.  All on the road and all to right field.
  • Rogers had three hits and scored two runs.  His average is up to .286 on the season.
  • Just received a text.  Brooks Hall is getting the start for the Rattlers on Friday night.  Matt Miller will go on Saturday at home against the Bees.  Charly Bashara will get the ball on Sunday afternoon.
  • Sorry to keep this short.  It’s been really, really hot and humid the last couple of days and the broadcast booth in Clinton was designed by the people who designed The Box in Cool Hand Luke.
  • Seriously, every time I walk out of it at the end of a game I expect Strother Martin to be there saying something about a failure to communicate.
  • I have to go. I bet Dragline and Fixer that I could eat 50 hard boiled eggs in an hour.

Lineup & Game Notes (July 28, 2011)

Looking in at Alliant Energy Field

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

Wisconsin starting pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Clinton starting pitcher:
George Mieses

Thursday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly28

Answering my own question from last night in tonight’s game notes:

AFTER A SCHEDULED OFF DAY: There are nine off days on the Timber Rattlers 2011 schedule. On games played after the first eight scheduled off days this season, the Rattlers are 2-6.

Click the link for the whole list of games after scheduled off days this season.

Update on scores in the Brewers system for this afternoon:
MLB: Brewers 4, Cubs 2 (FINAL)
AZL: Angels 7, Brewers 6 (FINAL)

UPDATE: Well, it WAS 7-7 when I headed down for batting practice.  What happened? Oh, they originally had the tying run scoring instead of stopping at third.  Scroll down to the bottom of the ninth.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think that I need to have a sub sandwich*:

It's like this sign is ordering me to have a sub sandwich

*-Closing line completely ripped off from Brew Crew Ball‘s daily Frosty Mug posts. Thanks to Kyle for the link yesterday that resulted in one of the best traffic days on Rattler Radio this month.

Postgame Thoughts (July 27, 2011)

Keep your eyes on that bank of lights to the right of the scoreboard

Which is odder, that the bank of lights went out or that no one noticed that it went out?

Clinton 5, Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Sorry, folks. This is going to be short. The internet at the hotel is terrible & no guarantee of getting online tonight
  • I am over at the Village Inn (Somewhere between Steak & Shake and Denny’s there is Village Inn)
  • But, there’s food, internet, and most importantly water
  • Because the heat index at the start of the game was 105…Seriously.
  • The ball was flying out for Clinton as they hit three homers in the first five innings.
  • BUT, in the fourth I really thought Mike Walker got into one for a three run homer. The wind shifted a bit and knocked that ball dead on the track.
  • I’ll need to check this for tomorrow’s game notes because it is a weird, interesting fact that one of the players pointed out to me last Thursday in Lansing.
  • He thought the Rattlers hadn’t won a game after a scheduled off day this season.  If true, that streak was extended tonight.
  • Details tomorrow.
  • Once again, the Rattlers didn’t give up.  Down 5-1 they chipped away and got to the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth.
  • Down 5-3 with two outs and two strikes, TJ Mittlestaedt launched a deep drive down the right field line…but foul…just missing the game tying home run.  Dang.
  • Alan Williams with two perfect innings: Striking out the side in order in the 7th and 3 ground outs in the 8th.
  • How about Eric Marzec tonight in Nashville.  2IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K.  A pretty nice PCL debut.
  • Interesting discussion with the official scorer after the game.  Clinton wanted Shaw’s RBI single in the 5th inning changed to an E-6.
  • Interesting because Shaw’s grounder was deflected by the pitcher.  While the shortstop got to the ball, he bobbled it and Shaw reached.  I had it as a single all the way because I did not think there was anyway that Shaw does not beat that play out.
  • Plus, the deflection wasn’t on an easy grounder back to the mound.  It was a hard grounder that the pitcher somehow got a piece of to deflect it. The reason for lobbying for the E6 is to take away an earned run from Reed’s line.
  • The official scorer stood his ground and Shaw keeps the single and the RBI.
  • There WAS a scoring change that affected the hit and error column on Wednesday.
  • An E5 on Mike Walker in the second inning was changed to a single for Anthony Phillips.  So, seven hits for the LumberKings on the night instead of six.
  • Truth be told, it was a pretty tough error on Walker.
  • We have been treated to a pretty decent lightning and wind show since leaving the ballpark.  There’s a storm coming.
  • Lastly, I didn’t even notice that bank of lights go out during the game.  I just happened to notice them warming back up again after a fly ball to left-center.  Weird.

Lineup & Game Notes (July 27, 2011)

Not Raining at Alliant Energy Field!

Before we get started on today’s game, an update to last night’s, um, excitement.

The smoky fire that started in a long-term resident’s room last night was NOT caused by popcorn.  Let’s just say that it was caused by a substance that – after a discussion with a local gendarme – allowed said long-term resident to stay rent-free in a Clinton County hotel that does not let you check out whenever you want.

To today!

Wednesday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
Nick Shaw – SS
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B*
Mike Walker – 3B
Jason Rogers – DH
Chad Stang – RF
Joey Paciorek – C
Mike Brownstein – 2B

*- By the way, Ramirez is making his MWL Debut tonight.

Wisconsin’s starting pitcher:
Maverick Lasker

Clinton’s starting pitcher:
Nate Reed

Wednesday’s Transaction:
Eric Marzec transferred to Nashville (Pacific Coast League)

Updated Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_072711

Wednesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly27

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