Postgame thoughts (July 21, 2011)

Cooley Law School Stadium at night.

Lansing 5, Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Well, shoot.
  • I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again before the end of the season. The Rattlers do not give up. They keep coming back.
  • Down 5-1 against the team in the best record in the league and they scraped back to get the lead run on in the ninth.
  • That has GOT to pay off at some point this season.
  • Thanks to TJ Mittelstaedt for the scouting report on the Lansing starting pitcher, one of his former teammates at Long Beach State.
  • He did exactly what Mittelstaedt said he was going to do.
  • Chad Stang w/ four hits, including two well struck triples to right-center.
  • You might notice Brian Garman for the 1-2-3 sixth inning. How about the job he did to get out of the jam in the seventh though?
  • Bases loaded no outs with the top two hitters in the Lansing lineup coming to the plate.
  • Weak popup up to third and a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.
  • Eric Marzec off the DL and into the game with a 1-2-3 8th that included a pair of strikeouts.
  • I was in the dugout after Eric did a little side session in the bullpen before the game and as he passed me, he let out an “I’m BACK, Mehring!”  Yes. Yes, he was.
  • Overheard, “I can see why Lansing has 153 errors. You hit a bullet that they just get a piece of here and it’s an error.”
  • For the record, Mike Brownstein – who did not say the above quote – hit two bullets that were ruled errors on Thursday. One of those errors cost Brownstein an RBI.
  • Oooohhh, the lockout didn’t end. Here’s your football content for today. Michael Crouse, an outfielder for the Lugnuts is the son of former Green Bay Packers running back Ray Crouse, who also played in the CFL.
  • Franklin Romero, Jr. drew his first walk of the season.  After 226 at bats and 237 plate appearances, Romero drew a walk with two outs in the top of the eighth inning on a 3-1 pitch from Shawn Griffith.
  • Griffith missed with his first three pitches, hit the target with his fourth, but missed with his fifth.
  • The fans in Cooley Law School Stadium may have been wondering why all of the players on the Timber Rattlers dugout were leaning on the railing by the dugout and got more excited with each pitch after the count got to 2-0.
  • The fans in Cooley Law School Stadium were wondering why the players in the Timber Rattlers dugout gave Romero a standing ovation and generally whooped it up after what – to the folks in Lansing – was a routine walk.
  • Let them wonder.
  • Look, this is why I really like this team. Yes, things are tough right now. But, they all still pull for each other.
  • Get ‘em tomorrow.

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