The last out
Timber Rattlers 5, Bees 4
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- Shhhhhh. Brooks Hall has very quietly won seven games.
- Today he had five strikeouts, no walks. A couple of missteps, but allow me to use “Pitchability” and “Gumption”
- Gumption came into play for Hall in the third inning. Wade Kirkland did not appreciate getting hit by a 2-2 pitch. Hall did not appreciate the way that Kirkland showed that he did not appreciate getting hit. Words were exchanged.
- Wiry Casey Medlen struck out five in 2-2/3 innings, including the first four batters he faced.
- Medlen throws hard, mixes in the soft stuff, and throws strikes.
- I know, I make it sound easier than it is, but sometimes it’s that simple.
- There is a discussion about an E-5 on a bunt by Chad Stang in the first inning possibly being changed to a hit.
- I seriously doubt there will be change, since if it is ruled a hit (as it probably should have been in the first place) that will make it three earned runs against Blake Hassebrock instead of one earned run against Hassebrock.
- Reggie Keen with four hits today. He has two four hit games this season for the Rattlers.
- Cody Hawn with a couple of key RBI in the game on Sunday. He drove in a run (the first run of the game) with a single through the drawn in infield in the first inning. He drove in the go ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
- Which leads me to my first question that I am going to ask because I don’t know. Why are teams bringing the infield in with a runner at third in the FIRST inning?
- The Rattlers scored three runs in the first inning on Sunday. Does that inning – and maybe the game – turn out differently if the infield is back and that is an RBI grounder instead of an RBI single? Just a thought exercise.
- The Rattlers had the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth inning. They did not score to add to their 3-2 lead.
- I only bring this up because of a discussion that Dusty Rhodes and I had on the bus to the ballpark in Peoria late last week and maybe I can hid this little stat in the midst of the post: The Rattlers are 19-for-111 (.171) with the bases loaded this season.
- Flash forward to the sixth Romero on second and Shaw on first with no outs. Mittelstaedt sends a flyball to medium left-center. Romero had started for third. Rushed back to second to tag and took off for third when the center fielder took it easy on a throw in to second base. Romero’s base running gets him on third and he scores the go ahead run on the sac fly by Hawn.
- A shaky ninth inning, but the Rosario pitched around an error and a walk…
- …You know what, that wasn’t that bad of a walk. Josh Whitaker was on as a pinch-hitter representing the winning run…not a bad walk at all when you are facing a guy hitting .324 with 16 homers and 64 RBI.
- Save number four for Rosario and say good by to that three-game losing streak.
- Go get the Bees on Monday night.