Postgame thoughts (July 13, 2011)

Two pictures - taken 30 years apart - of a father and son watching Space Shuttle launches.

For video highlights of last night, head over here.

For the story on that photo above, head over here.

For the explanation of why I am using that photo above, who knows.  It just looks cool and there’s a neat story behind it.

  • Not only was last night the ninth straight…NINTH. STRAIGHT…time the opponents have scored first, it was also the fourth game in a row the opponents have scored at least one run in the first inning.
  • And it’s the second straight time the opponents have scored a run in the first inning after the first two batters in the first inning had been retired.
  • Tonight, Matt Miller gave up three runs over seven innings.  He had some nasty movement on his pitches.  But, two of the pitches that didn’t have any movement hit out of the ballpark for solo homers.
  • Which is weird because Miller had allowed one homer in his first 49-2/3 innings pitched this season.
  • Still, a nice outing for Miller, even with a lot of pitches (106 w/ 63 strikes) over 7 innings.
  • Cody Hawn & TJ Mittelstaedt stayed hot.
  • Hawn with an opposite field home run, a 2-for-4 night, and a 13-game hitting streak.
  • However, it looked like Hawn missed the sign for a suicide squeeze in the 8th.
  • I didn’t get to talk to Matt Erickson after the game, but I did get a chance to talk to the third base bag, the one that Matt kicked a couple of times after Romero was tagged out for the second out of the inning.
  •  Third base had no comment, but the Timber Rattlers announced that third base will be on the DL for a week.  Another third base bag will be called up from the groundskeeper’s shed before tonight’s game.
  • Mittelstaedt 3-for-6 with a long home run.
  • I really thought that STOSH! was going to get out of the 12th inning.
  • But – speaking of missed signs – it looked like STOSH! missed the call for a pitchout on an 0-2 count with a runner at first.
  • Stosh seemed surprised that Paciorek had jumped out of his crouch for a pitchout and wound up hanging on to the ball.
  • The runner at first wasn’t going.  So, instead of a 1-2 pitch with a runner at first.  The texture of the inning completely changed and eventually led to the bases loaded with no outs.
  • TWO STRIKEOUTS! Two outs, bases still loaded, still tied 3-3.
  • Then, the 3-2 pitch to Clay Jones was crushed to the bullpen for a 7-3 Whitecaps lead.
  • But, the Rattlers weren’t crushed.  Even with two outs and nobody on base Wisconsin rallied to put two runs on the board in the bottom of the twelfth.
  • Wisconsin even brought the winning run to the plate in the form of Mike Walker.
  • If there is any justice in the world of baseball, Walker would have turned around one of Bruce Rondon’s 98-mph fastballs for a game winning home run.
  • Why?
  • Well, Walker was hit by a pitch when the score was still 3-3 back in the eighth inning on a 2-0 pitch from Michael Torrealba.
  • Walker was angry. I don’t think you’d like Mike Walker when he’s angry.
  • After being hit, Walker threw his bat towards the Rattlers dugout, took a couple of steps to the mound, and pointed at Torrealba.
  • Walker stopped and started to head to first.  Just about every hitecaps player on the field started to converge on the mound
  • The door from the bullpen even opened and two players from the Whitecaps started to head out.
  • Cooler heads prevailed on the Rattlers side as no one left the dugout. Everyone was on the top step of the dugout, but I think that any fines handed out will be going to the Whitecaps.
  • But, as the 12th inning taught us yet again, there is no justice in this cruel, dark, uncaring world of baseball.
  • The Rattlers are now 1-7 in extra inning games, including 0-3 at home.
  • Last night was the 15th time an opponent has scored the winning runs in game against the Rattlers in a last at bat.
  • Get ‘em tonight.

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