Postgame thoughts (August 11, 2011)

Miller time!

Rattlers 3, Snappers 1
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  • Give me a break. I waited 115 games before using “Miller time!” in a Matt Miller start.
  • Very nice outing for Miller and a nice job regrouping after the first two batters of the game.
  • He got ahead of the first Beloit batter 0-2, then threw seven straight outside the strike zone.
  • Then, after a strike on the 3-0 pitch to the second batter, there was ball four.
  • Yes, I realize that some of those pitches were probably intentionally outside the zone to try to get the batter to chase because the last thing you want to to groove a pitch.
  • But, Miller looked visibly frustrated after walking the first two batters.  Then, he got a visit from pitching coach Chris Hook. Then, Miller settled in.
  • A couple of very nice defensive plays were needed.
  • In the top of the second, Beloit had runners at the corners and one out.  Miller to struck out Daniel Santana. Then, the runner at first took off for second on a pitch to Kyle Knudson.  Knudson hit a fly ball to center.  The runner didn’t realize it was a fly ball and was late getting back to first.  Stang’s throw to first was in time to double off the runner before the runner from third could tag and score.
  • Add another outfield assist when Daniel Ortiz singled in the the seventh, but was not expecting Mittelstaedt to throw behind him for a 9-3 putout.
  • Chad Stang drove a home run in the bottom of the first inning to put the Rattlers up 2-1.
  • Mike Brownstein stayed hot with two more hits and an RBI.  He is 15-for-33 (.455) with nine RBI in his last ten games.
  • Brownstein also has at least one hit in 14 of his last 15 games.
  • In the eighth, Alan Williams picked up a strikeout and an assist on the final out.  He had time to get to a ball that had popped in front of the plate on strike three.  Just a routine K, 1-3 putout.
  • Speaking of strikeouts, Rosario…Ridiculous…He struck out the side in order on 11 pitches.
  • The final strike (a ridiculous curve on an 0-2 pitch) froze Tyler Grimes.  Grimes disagreed with the strike call.
  • Watch the highlights and You Make the Call! on that final pitch.
  • Frankly, it’s the drop that throws him off…I think.
  • There are 25 games left.  There was some good news since the Chiefs and the Kernels both lost.  That puts the Rattlers in fifth place all by themselves.  The win moves the Rattlers to within a game of the Snappers for fourth place.  Wisconsin still trails Clinton for the Wild Card by five games.  But, just keep moving up the ladder and see what happens.


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