July 2011

Lineup & Game Notes (July 21, 2011)

Jackson Field. Cooley Law School Stadium. Left field corner. 305' from home plate.

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

Wisconsin’s Starting Pitcher
Maverick Lasker

Lansing’s Starting Pitcher:
Andrew Liebel

Thursday’s Roster Move: Eric Marzec activated from the Disabled List

Thursday’s Updated Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_072111

Thursday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly21

Postgame Thoughts (July 20, 2011)

Wolverine > Spartan

Lansing 6, Wisconsin 5 (12 innings)
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Wow. I put my head down for five minutes and all of a sudden it’s 11:30pm.
  • Have I mentioned my dislike for the Eastern time zone?
  • Have I mentioned how hot it was today?  Oh, boy was is hot.
  • Have I mentioned that the Rattlers entered today’s game with 23 players and two relievers on the DL? Well, they did.
  • In 12 starts this season, Sean Nolin had allowed three runs (one earned) over 12 first innings this season.
  • The Rattlers scored four runs on on five straight hits and a fielder’s choice in the first inning on Wednesday.
  • The Rattlers had a legitimate shot at three straight home runs in the first inning.  Reggie Keen’s triple is out of any other ballpark (expect maybe Cedar Rapids and it’s 407′ left field). Then, Mike Walker and Jason Rogers lined shots into the berm in right-center.  Neither ball was in doubt of getting out of the ballpark.
  • Two notes on Walker, a left-handed hitter: That was just his second home run off a lefty this season.  He his hitting .319 against left-handers this season (30-for-94).
  • Walker made some tough picks at first base today.
  • After the first inning, Nolin retired 14 straight hitters until Jason Rogers singled in the sixth.
  • Matt Miller with his second straight quality start.  It was his fifth in 13 starts this season.
  • GO/AO ratio for Miller on Wednesday was 10-2 with five strikeouts.
  • I am not going to note the velocity readings here in Lansing.  The gun is turned up to 11. I remember a time here a few years ago when the display showed a 101 for a Lansing pitcher…It was at least 5mph higher than what the team’s gun was.
  • The other out was on another outfield assist. Chad Stang threw out a runner at second. His sixth. The 36th of the season for the Rattlers defense.
  • Insurance run/manufactured run for the Rattlers in the seventh. Two outs with no one on base.  Mike Brownstein bunts down the third base line. The ball rolls quickly down the third base line…and hits the bag. Brownstein steals second and goes to third on a throwing error. Franklin Romero’s infield single puts the Rattlers up 5-3.
  • Alas.
  • Two run homer in the bottom of the seventh tied the game.
  • Casey Medlen with three scoreless innings. One hit. GO/AO Ratio of 7-1 w/ a strikeout.
  • Fast forward to the bottom of the 12th. Single by Crouse off Greg Holle. Late in the count to Perez, Crouse steals second and third.
  • Stealing third was a calculated risk for Crouse.
  • Hopkins at third was playing in for the bunt.
  • Joey Paciorek made a good throw to third, but Hopkins was backing up to the bag and had to come around with a swipe tag. Close play, but safe was the call for the third stolen base of the game for Crouse.  He has 31 this season.
  • Two intentional walks later and the bases are loaded.
  • Holle gets what he needed, a grounder to second.  More of a high chopper really, but Brownstein came made a leaping grab and made a very good throw to the plate.
  • I believe my call was,”Oh, my GOD! They called him safe!”
  • I believe I channeled my inner Jonathan Quayle Higgins with that first part and my inner Fox Mulder with the second part.
  • They? Who’s they? I want to believe.
  • The plate umpire just made a straight safe call with his hand signals.  That led me to believe that he thought that Crouse beat the throw to the plate. Which was not the case.
  • Talking with Hopkins about the play after the game, he said the umpire said Paciorek’s foot came off home plate before he made the catch. But, if that were the case, the umpire should have signaled that by making a, um, signal with his hands to indicate that.
  • And if he had…Well, it would still be a loss, but that play would have been ruled an E-2 and an unearned run.
  • Rattlers are now 1-9 in extra innings. Opponents have seven “walk-off” wins against the Rattlers this season.  Opponents have won 18 times in their final at bat this season.
  • It took me seven hundred words, references to a pair of TV shows, and a picture to talk about how rough loss this was for the Rattlers.  @jasonrogers2003 did it in less than 140 characters.
  • tough loss today, but we will get them tomm for sure!!!
  • Jason, do you want to put a few thoughts together after tomorrow’s game?

Lineup & Notes (July 20, 2011)

Jackson Field at Cooley Law School Stadium in the morning.

Wednesday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Reggie Keen – CF
Mike Walker – 1B
Jason Rogers – DH
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Joey Paciorek – C
Chad Stang – LF
Mike Brownstein – 2B
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin’s Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Lansing’s Starting Pitcher:
Sean Nolin

Wednesday’s Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_072011

Transactions since Monday:
RHP Dan Britt to the DL (retroactive to July 16)
RHP Skyler Crawford to Brevard County
C Cameron Garfield activated from the DL & Transferred to Arizona League Brewers

Wednesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly20

Note about the game notes: The transaction section in the left-hand column of page one is incorrect because I have apparently lost the ability of reading comprehension.

A Study in Asymmetry

If you look up Asymmetry in Roget’s Thesaurus, you should see the a picture of the outfield fence of Oldsmobile Park, er, Cooley Law School Stadium.

But, since Roget stopped taking my emails, texts, and phone calls to accept my idea to do just that…The slideshow below should demonstrate asymmetry:

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After I took these photos, I realized that I forgot to get a picture that looks down the right field line into the corner.  I will attempt to get that shot tomorrow.

Remember, the Rattlers are in action Wednesday.  Wisconsin is at Lansing to start game one of the series with the Lugnuts is 11:05am, CDT.

For your actual baseball content, the scheduled starting pitchers in this series:
WED: RHP Matt Miller (3-4, 4.76) v. LHP Sean Nolin (2-2, 3.60)
THU: RHP Maverick Lasker (1-2, 4.76) v. RHP Andrew Liebel (1-0, 1.50)
FRI: RHP Jimmy Nelson (4-7, 4.36) v. LHP Egan Smith (4-3, 3.71)

Postgame Thoughts (July 18, 2011)

Wisconsin 9, South Bend 3
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Really nice moment from the fans after the base hit by Zach Walters, the first hit of the game for South Bend with a round of applause for Brooks all in the top of the 7th.
  • I think it took most of their energy.  It was really hot today.
  • Hall was 90-91 (according to the stadium radar gun) and looked good today.  Six strikeouts matches his single game high as a professional.
  • Hopkins with the bat and the glove today.  Nice diving play to the line in the highlights. Plus, the two homers and the four RBI.
  • This is going sound weird, one of those coincidences, but Hopkins has six homers after his two today. Four of those homers have been in three starts by Brooks Hall.
  • When Hopkins homers, Hall is 2-1.
  • There was an odd play in the seventh inning.
  • There were runners at first and second with no outs. Mike Brownstein sends a slow grounder to short.  The flip to second looked in time. The throw to first was late.
  • The runner at second was ruled safe.  Brownstein  was ruled out.
  • The score was still 4-1 at the time. South Bend brings the infield in and Walker promptly singles through the drawn in infield to drive in both runners for a 6-1 lead.
  • Jason Rogers would have two more home runs this season.  However, the wall was eight feet high all the way around the stadium.  He hit a pair of doubles that hit the top tier of wall signs in this series.
  • Its all in where you hit the ball, I guess.  Just ask a Chad Stang after you see where his homer went in the highlights.
  • Another outfield assist for Franklin Romero.  That makes nine for him and 35 for the Rattlers.
  • The Rattlers are on the road…starting…at 5:24pm today.
  • Check @CMehring to see when we pull in to the hotel.
  • The Lugnuts REALLY wanted a day game for the first game of the series against the Rattlers.
  • The Noon temperature in Lansing on Wednesday is 89 with a heat index of 95.
  • The 6pm temperature in Lansing on Wednesday is 91 with a heat index of 99.
  • Plus, Cooley Law School Stadium is one of those ballparks with the field below street level.  It’s going to be hot in Michigan.
  • And that is the last thing I will say about the weather…until after the game on Wednesday.
  • This isn’t going to be an easy trip.  Lansing is a playoff team. Great Lakes just missed and is playing well. Clinton has improved their record.
  • Off day tomorrow.  But, I’ll update the blog with…something….sometime.
  • Enjoy the Brewers game tonight.

Lineup & Game Notes (July 18, 2011)

I took a picture, but it melted.

The rain cooled things off a lot.

Still warm.

Monday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Brownstein – 2B
Mike Walker – DH
Jason Rogers – LF
Cody Hawn – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Chad Stang – CF
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin’s Starting Pitcher:
Brooks Hall

South Bend’s Starting Pitcher:
Tyler Green

Monday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly18

Monday’s Roster Moves:
RHP Eric Marzec to DL retroactive to 7/14
RHP Casey Medlen transferred to Wisconsin from Arizona

Monday’s Updated Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_071811

Postgame Thoughts (July 17, 2011)

South Bend 7, Wisconsin 6
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Oh, boy, is it hot.
  • I don’t have much tonight and I can only imagine how hot it was out there in direct sunlight.
  • Fast start, could have had more. But, the Rattlers snapped that one streak at 12 games by scoring first.
  • Nice comebacks.  First from 5-3 down. Then, from 6-5 down in the 11th.
  • Very nice work by the bullpen.
  • The guy who hit the homer for the Silver Hawks. The guy in the 14th…Yeah. He’s ruined Dean Martin as Matt Helm for me.
  • Oh, 1960′s. You were weird. Don’t ever change.
  • Get ‘em on Monday afternoon.
  • Brooks Hall on the hill for Wisconsin.

Oh, one more:

Lineup & Game Notes (July 17, 2011)

It's going to be warm, but come on out and watch some baseball! Your seat is waiting for you.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Charly Bashara

South Bend Starting Pitcher:
J.R. Bradley

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly17

Bonus Baseball Music Video:

Posted that for the song.  The video was a ransom collection of vintage baseball footage.  I should get the production crew working on a Timber Rattlers video version of that song.

Postgame Thoughts (July 16, 2011)

South Bend 5, Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Yazy Arbelo is pretty good.
  • Chad Stang with a very strong throw to the plate to get Inciarte.
  • If you are keeping track, that is five outfield assists for Stang and 34 outfield assists for the Rattlers
  • Skyler Crawford with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
  • Say this about the Rattlers, they do not give up.
  • Down  5-1 heading into the eighth inning, they scraped and clawed and got the winning run to the plate in the ninth.
  • That has got to pay off somewhere down the line.
  • Cody Hawn went 2-for-4 and extended his current hitting streak to 16 games. He is 26-for-63 (.413)
  • Longest hitting streak in the League this season is 18 (Raymer Liriano – FW & Greg Rohan – PEO)
  • Hawn started the streak back on June 29 against Peoria.
  • He was hitting hitting .265 heading into that game.
  • He is up to .296 after Saturday’s game against the Silver Hawks.
  • Gotta keep this short. Time to update the game notes for tomorrow’s night.
  • Sleep quick, Rattlers. Back at it on Sunday.

Lineup & Game Notes (July 16, 2011)

Christmas in July at Time Warner Cable Field made me dig out this Babe Ruth as Santa photo.

Saturday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
Nick Shaw – SS
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Mike Walker – 1B
Cody Hawn – DH
Chad Stang – LF
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin’s Starting Pitcher:
Del Howell

South Bend’s Starting Pitcher:
Bradin Hagens

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly16

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