Postgame thoughts (August 17, 2011)

The Richard Jones Shift

Wisconsin 7, Peoria 4
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Richard Jones, the first baseman for the Peoria Chiefs is hitting .300 with 21 homers and 83 RBI. The Rattler put this shift on for him tonight.  Jones went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk tonight.
  • Enough about the Chiefs.  TO THE RATTLERS!
  • Franklin Romero, Jr! Homer, 3B, 4RBI, SB, 1B. Sweet.
  • Del Howell gutted out six innings (8 hits & 4 walks) with help from one of the ugliest double plays I’ve seen this season.
  • There were runners at first and second with one out in the third with the game tied 2-2.  Micah Gibbs sent a grounder to short. Nick Shaw bobbled and couldn’t get a clean grip on the ball.  So, he wound up rolling the ball to TJ Mittelstaedt at second. Mittelstaedt had time to pick the ball up – while standing on second base – and throw to first to get Gibbs. Inning over.
  • Overall three double plays for the defense to run their total to 104 on the season.
  • Welcome back, Cody Hawn! Tonight was his first game since July 18.  He went 1-for-4 with a single, a walk, and an RBI.
  • The RBI was on an grounder to get a run home from third in the third inning.
  • Situational hitting!
  • Greg Holle with three scoreless innings (and no walks) for his 18th save of the season.  It was his first save since July 3.
  • Settle down, tonight was only his third save opportunity since July 3.  This is all part of the “stretching him out” plan discussed earlier this half.
  • Tonight was also the third time Holle has pitched three innings in a game since July 3.
  • Here’s what went down in the division tonight: Quad Cities rallied from down 9-2 to beat Clinton 12-10. Cedar Rapids lost at Burlington. Beloit beat Kane County. The Rattlers trail Kane County by eight for the division lead and Clinton by five for the division Wild Card.  Beloit is between the Rattlers and Clinton, just three games behind the L-Kings.  There are 19 games left in the second half.
  •  The Rattlers have won five in a row at O’Brien Field.
  • They will try to keep two winning streaks going on Thursday night against the Chiefs.

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