August 2011

Lineup & Game Notes for August 31, 2011

As far as roofs go, this one at Community Field is the most interesting in the Midwest League.

Wednesday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
TJ Mittlestaedt – 2B
Cody Hawn – DH
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Chad Stang – RF
Reggie Keen – CF
Rafael Neda – C
Greg Hopkins – 3B

Wisconsin starting pitcher
Brooks Hall

Burlington starting pitcher:
Jose Macias

Wednesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust31

Postgame Thoughts (August 30, 2011)

One last brat. One last time.

Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

  • I can’t get Peter Gabriel’s Red Rain out of my head.
  • Fun Fact: No rain in the Red Rain video. However, lots of light & shadow.
  • Fun Fact: Based on viewing his videos…Peter Gabriel is a weird dude.  Creative, but weird
  • Oh, there was a game Tuesday.
  • There was a steady rain through the game, but since it was the last home game of the season and there was a good crowd at the ballpark, they played.
  • Tuesday’s crowd = 5,911
  • Final 4 home games of the season = 24,119
  • The 64 home openings this season = 240,998 for an average of 3,766 per date.
  • For reference: The Rattlers drew 244,331 fans and averages 3,759 per date in 2010.
  • To the performances:
  • Nick Shaw walked three more times.  He has walked 79 times this season.
  • Shaw is in third all by himself on the Timber Rattlers single season walks list.  The two guys in front of him are Bo Robinson (108 in 1999) and Shawn McCorkle (87 in 2000).
  • For reference: Robinson had 13 homers and 50 doubles in 1999.  McCorkle had 17 homers and 29 doubles in 2000
  • TJ Mittelstaedt had three more hits and two more RBI.  Average is back up to .297.
  • Maverick Lasker got to hear a little Berlin after he got the final out of the top of the seventh.
  • Small sample size alert! Lasker has not allowed a run and has seven strikeouts in 4-1/3 innings out of the bullpen with the Rattlers.
  • Two of the three runs Matt Miller allowed came with two outs.
  • He snapped off a couple of late-breaking curves that appeared to fool both the batter and the umpire that went for balls.
  • Miller did throw a lot of strikes – in difficult conditions – on Tuesday night.  Unofficially: 76 pitches (55 strikes)
  • Miller did not walk anyone and struck out five.
  • Unfortunately, the loss officially knocked the Timber Rattlers out of playoff contention.  They are six games behind the Cougars with six games left in the season.  Kane County has the tie breaker on the Rattlers.
  • Dang it.
  • The Rattlers went 35-35 at home in 2011.
  • The home opener in 2012 is Thursday, April 5 at 6:35pm against the Kernels.
  • Next post comes to you from Burlington, Iowa on Wednesday night.

Lineup & Game Notes for August 30, 2011

BP for the Pitchers!

Tuesday’s Lineup:
Carlos Gomez- CF
Nick Shaw – SS
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Cody Hawn – DH
Chad Stang – LF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Rafael Neda – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher:
Justin La Tempa

Tuesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust30

Postgame Thoughts (August 29, 2011)

Carlos Gomez at the plate...

Kernels 6, Timber Rattlers 4
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Well, shoot.
  • The results…eh…Kane County won tonight.  That puts them six games clear of the Rattlers with seven games left.
  • Let’s focus on a few other things tonight.
  • Nick Ramirez is stinging the baseball.  Tonight was the third time he has collected three doubles in a game.
  • That would be three times in the last four games for him to have three doubles in a game.
  • Cody Hawn is also ripping the baseball.  He had two sharp singles and a walk to move his average to .296.
  • Carlos Gomez denied Rolando Gomez a home run in the top of the fifth.
  • He raced back to the wall just to the right of the batter’s eye and leapt to get a glove on the ball.
  •  Gomez didn’t make the catch, but he brought it back into the park
  • Then, he turned it into an outfield assist when Rolando tried for a triple.
  • That’s 46 outfield assists this season for the Rattlers.
  • Gomez left the game after he grounded out in the seventh inning.  He went 1-for-4 with another stolen base, & the outfield assist.
  • Eric Arnett’s slider looked good again, but he missed the strike zone eight straight times in the fifth to first load the bases and then force in the tying run.
  • In the eighth, the Rattlers looked like they caught a huge break on the obstruction call in the eighth.
  • When the call stood, Kernels manager Brent Del Chiaro was ejected.  But it was during the argument that the production crew earned their salary for the homestand.
  • During the argument one of the quick thinkers began playing this clip from Billy Madison:
  • The crowd had one of their strongest reactions to anything that has been played by the production crew all season.
  • Speaking of the crowd: 5,295 on a Monday night.
  • The crowds have been awesome over the final homestand.
  • Come on out and say good bye to the home schedule on Tuesday night.

Lineup & Game Notes (August 29, 2011)

The shadows are getting longer

Monday’s Lineup:
Carlos Gomez – CF
Nick Shaw – SS
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Jason Rogers – LF
Cody Hawn – 1B
Nick Ramirez – DH
Reggie Keen – RF
Joey Paciorek – C
Greg Hopkins – 3B

Wisconsin Starting pitcher:
Eric Arnett

Cedar Rapids starting pitcher:
Seth Fowler

Monday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust29

Monday’s Bonus information: Jersey Auction raises almost $5,000 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Scenes from a jersey auction Photo Credit: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Postgame Thoughts (August 28, 2011)

Keep your eyes on the middle infielders...

Timber Rattlers 11, Kernels 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Wheeeeeeeeee!  Oh…no one says Wheeeeeeee!!
  • The Rattlers offense is on a roll.  They have scored 42 runs on 53 hits during their current four game winning streak.
  • Another big inning for the Rattlers.  Wisconsin scored six runs and sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Cody Hawn with three more hits and three more runs
  • Jason Rogers with three more hits and three more RBI
  • Nick Ramirez with two more doubles
  • This is what .500 for the season looks like!
  • Carlos Gomez had a pair of hits and a stolen base and two runs.  He will play seven innings tomorrow.
  • Remember yesterday when I mention how hard it is to move the team batting average this late in the season?
  • Yeah. Up another point today.  The Rattlers are up to .253 as a team in 2011.
  • When the Rattlers lost to Kane County on August 24, their team batting average was at .249
  • During the four game winning streak, which features the offensive onslaught of the last three days, the Rattlers have raised their average four points.
  • Do you have any idea how difficult that is?
  • Not that he needed all 11 runs, but Jimmy Nelson was on his game on Sunday. No walks, seven strikeouts, seven innings. Broke off some very nice breaking balls and velocity reached 94 a couple of times.
  • And he is now at 140-1/3 innings pitched with an 8-8 record.
  • Nelson’s second half: 6-2 in 13 starts. 78IP, 30 BB, 72 Ks
  • Looking good.
  • From the “That didn’t last long” department: On Saturday, the Timber Rattlers had five doubles to set a season high in a single game.  On Sunday, the Rattlers had six doubles to set another single game high this season.
  • Again from the “That didn’t last long” department: On Saturday, the Rattlers drew 6,407 to the game to set a single game high for attendance this season at home.  On Sunday, the Rattlers drew 6,506 to set a new single game high for attendance at home this season.
  • MY GOD! What a catch by Franklin Romero, Jr in the 8th inning!  I wish that the highlight computer was working again.  Because I think that there would be a new #1 on the defensive plays of the year.
  • Scoreless innings from STOSH! and Rosario on Sunday.
  • PS. Kane County lost their fourth in a row.  Beloit lost again, too.  The Rattlers are all by themselves in 4th place.  They trail Kane County by five games….with eight to play.
  • Might as well jump!



Lineup & Game Notes for August 28, 2011

Getting the field ready.

Sunday’s Lineup:
Carlos Gomez – CF
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Cody Hawn – DH
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Brandon Macias – SS
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Rafael Neda – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher:
Jairo Diaz

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust28

Postgame Thoughts (August 27, 2011)

Can someone please give Greg Holle a fist bump!?!

Timber Rattlers 7, Kernels 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • To paraphrase an old parable: The fox scores in a couple of innings.  The hedgehog scores in one big inning!
  • Before getting to the offense tonight…Give it up for Del Howell!
  • He was in trouble in the third as the Kernels had the bases loaded and no outs.  A wild pitch scored a run.  Then, it was GO BAMA!  ROLL TIDE!  Line out, strike out, fly out.
  • Then, the 4th happened.
  • It’s innings like that – and night’s like what Cody Hawn and Jason Rogers had tonight – that make you wonder what kind of season the Rattlers could have had IF Rogers didn’t miss two months AND Hawn didn’t miss a month…AND Mike Walker hadn’t missed the last few weeks.
  • Dang it.
  • Oh, and the left field wall owes Jason Rogers another home run and this one would have been a grand slam.  That’s at least five – maybe six – balls that Rogers has hit between 8′ and 15′-10″ off the 16′ high part of the wall.
  • You know what is tough to do?  Raise a team batting average this late in the season.   To even move it a point takes a lot after the 130 game mark.
  • The Timber Rattlers have 32 hits in their last two games.
  • Wisconsin was hitting .249 as a team after their game on August 25.
  • After Saturday’s game, the Timber Rattlers are hitting .252.
  • Whoa.
  • Congratulations to Greg Holle!  He just tied John Thompson’s franchise record for saves in a season.  Tonight, Holle tossed three perfect innings and struck out four
  • Just bringing this up:  Kane County lost again on Saturday night.  The Rattlers are 27-34 on the half.  They are tied with Beloit for fourth place.  Wisconsin trails Kane County by six games for the wild card with nine games remaining in the season.
  • Also, just bringing this up: Taylor Green Timber Rattlers Bobbleheads are available in the team store.
  • Biggest Crowd of the season on Saturday night. That would be 6,407.  Very nice.
  • Big day on Sunday.  Damian Miller is at the game.  There is the postgame autograph session and the Live Postgame Jersey Auction of the uniforms bases on the 1975 Milwaukee Brewers.  Proceeds from the auction go to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
  • PLAY BALL and see you on Sunday at 1:05pm!
  • Hot air balloon not necessary:

Hot air balloon? What?

Oh! You saw that, too. Good.

Lineup & Game Notes for August 27, 2011

Carlos Gomez is rehabilitating with the Timber Rattlers today through Monday.

Saturday’s Lineup:
Carlos Gomez CF
Nick Shaw SS
TJ Mittelstaedt 2B
Jason Rogers LF
Cody Hawn DH
Nick Ramirez 1B
Chad Stang RF
Rafael Neda C
Greg Hopkins 3B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Del Howell

Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher:
PJ Jang

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust27

Postgame Thoughts (August 26, 2011)

Score 19 runs, win, and you get to watch the fireworks!

Rattlers 19, Cougars 7
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Hello!
  • I almost want to post a Steely Dan video and call it a night
  • But, let’s just go with the highlights…
  • First, the Rattlers were 8-for-20 with runner in scoring postion
  • Second, the Rattlers were 2-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly in 4 plate appearances with the bases loaded
  • TJ Mittelstaedt with a 2-for-3 night, three walks, and FIVE RUNS scored.  Plus, stolen base #26 on the season.
  • That will happen when you send nine batters to the plate in the first and fourth, and also 10 to the plate in the sixth.
  • Nick Ramirez drove in five with three extra base hits, a pair of doubles and a long homer to the beach in right-center.
  • Joey Paciorek with a monstrous homer over the batter’s eye in center.
  • Not sure what happened once the Rattlers got up 7-0.  There were a couple of errors in the third inning and Brooks Hall did not bounce back from those.  Then, he gave up the two-run homer in the fourth to let the Cougars tie the game.
  • But, Brian Garman and Maverick Lasker picked up Hall tonight.
  • Garman with 3IP, H, 0R, and 2K
  • Lasker, in his first game since August 6, tossed three perfect innings, struck out five, and picked up his first professional save.
  • Reggie Keen with stolen base #39 on the season
  • Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Rattlers record for runs scored in a game is 20.  That record was set on April 28, 1996 against Lansing and matched on August 14, 2001 at Fort Wayne.
  • And now….Ladies and Gentlemen….Donald Fagan and Walter Becker:
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