August 2011

Lineup & Game Notes (August 21, 2011)

What a great day for a baseball game!

Sunday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Cody Hawn – 1B
Jason Rogers – DH
Chad Stang – LF
Rafael Neda – C
Reggie Keen – CF
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Brooks Hall

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Blake Hassebrock

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust21

Neda is wearing #34.

Postgame Thoughts (August 20, 2011)

A nice moment before Saturday's game

Burlington 9, Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • It was Iowa National Guard Night at the Bees game on Saturday. A group of Iowa National Guardsmen marched on to the field in formation from the first base gate before the game.  Once they were on the field and at ease, the Bees players and coaches – wearing their camouflage jerseys –  marched single file from their third base dugout and got into line behind the Guardsmen.  Then, the Color Guard took the field.
  • I have seen a lot of pregame ceremonies.  Sometimes they get a little off point by doing too much and trying to get to intricate.
  • The Bees front office kept it simple and it was very powerful and very well done.
  • As for the game…The Rattlers took the lead in the second.
  • Then, Burlington scored nine unanswered with one in the second, two in the third, two in the f0urth, and four in the sixth.
  • The first five were off Matt Miller.  The last four were off Dan Britt.
  • Britt almost got out of a bases loaded, no out situation with only one run scoring.  But, AJ Kirby-Jones hit a 3-run double on a 2-0 pitch to clear the bases.
  • Britt struck out three in 2/3 of an inning. But a wild pitch on a strike three that would have ended the inning got away.  That happened after the hit by Kirby-Jones.
  • Nick Shaw had three hits and could have easily had four hits.  But an excellent running catch by Tyreace House in the 8th.
  • Chad Stang had two hits, an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base.  He has made good strides from where he was when he joined the Rattlers to where he is now.
  • Rafael Neda made his Timber Rattlers debut he came on to catch the bottom of the eighth.  He was due up fourth in the ninth and got to hit when Stang singled.
  • I am just guessing here, but I am going to take a wild stab and say that Neda gets the start behind the plate on Sunday.
  • Get the Bees tomorrow!  Game time is 2pm.
  • A few links:  Have you seen this triple play by Nashville, the Triple A affiliate of the Brewers?  The scoring went 8-4-3.  It should have gone 8-head of 8-8-4-3.
  • Oh, and the Brewers won 11-9 in New York…after seeing a 7-1 lead turn into a 9-7 deficit!

Lineup and Game Notes (August 20, 2011)

This is #2 in MWL team vehicles, behind only the Fangmobile. The Buzz Mobile gets points for being a bread truck. Points taken away for still having the old parent club logo.

Saturday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Brandon Macias – 3B
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Jason Rogers – LF
Cody Hawn – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Chad Stang – RF
Joey Paciorek – C
Reggie Keen – CF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Jose Macias

Saturday’s Roster moves:
C Tony Pechek placed on the Disabled List
C Rafael Neda transferred to Wisconsin from Milwaukee’s Arizona League affiliate

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_082011a

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust20

Saturday’s Bonus Slip-N-Slide Photo:

I guess you could say that the Bees are loose for tonight's game.

Postgame Thoughts (August 19, 2011)

Ooooooo! Ahhhhhhh! Ooooohhhh!

Timber Rattlers 8, Chiefs 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Twice on Friday, the Rattlers got a leadoff double. Once in the third.  Once in the sixth.  Both times that runner at second was still there when the inning ended.
  • I was talking with hitting coach Dusty Rhodes about hitting with runners in scoring position on the bus ride to the ballpark.  Since the Rattlers were 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position,  maybe Dusty and I should find something else to talk about on bus rides to the ballpark.
  • Another thing that came up in the discussion was runners Left on Base for the season.  That was not so much a problem tonight with seven left aboard.  But, for the season, Wisconsin has stranded 852 runners.  They are tied with Peoria for the 4th most LOB this season.  The top three are Quad Cities – 913; Lake County – 871;  and Great Lakes – 861
  • One of the five runs allowed by Eric Arnett on Friday night was unearned.  Two others came in on hits with two outs.
  • He hit a pair and struck out two.  It was tough to read the velocity on the scoreboard due to a few burned out bulbs.  So, nothing on that.
  • But the way the runs were set up….
  • There was a wild pitch in the first inning that sent a runner from first to third inning and set up the first run.
  • In the second a misplayed double play let runners reach the corners with no outs instead of two out and none on.  The run scored on a grounder which would have been the third out.
  • Seth Lintz gave up his first runs as a Rattler.  He allowed three in the sixth.  He had gone 10-1/3 innings without allowing a run.
  • STOSH! 2-1/3 scoreless!
  • And it kept these guys from showing up in the final two innings:

I can go my whole life without seeing these guys again. Their names? Norm & Al.

  • Bob Nightengale of USA Today walked into the visiting radio booth and asked how long the Rattlers have been a Brewers affiliate.
  • No. Seriously.
  • His son is an intern for the Chiefs.  Not one of the ones that has to dress up as dancing corn.  Bob Nightengale was in the press box tonight to watch the game.
  • He that he had seen the Brewers about four times this season and was looking forward to seeing them again.
  • Then, he mentioned tailgating at Miller Park.
  • Time to get after the Bees.


Lineup & Game Notes (August 19, 2011)


Friday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Cody Hawn – DH
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Chad Stang – RF
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Tony Pechek – C
Brandon Macias – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Eric Arnett

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Frank Del Valle

Friday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust19

Postgame Thoughts (August 18, 2011)

Five Man Electrical Infield (Click to enlarge)

Peoria 5, Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Another day, another shot of an unusual defensive alignment
  • That’s the second time in two years the Rattlers have gone to the 5-man infield.  It’s also the second time that it has worked.  Click here and scroll down to the 12th inning of this game at Community Field on July 3, 2010.
  • Cody Hawn hits a double to the same spot he singled in the first inning last night.
  • Hawn also with a stolen base.
  • Franklin Romero walked again. That’s FOUR!
  • Reggie Keen with an outfield assist, his 14th of the season.  It was the 43rd of the season for the Rattlers.
  • Weird bounce for Nick Ramirez in the eighth inning.  He hit a ball that was foul up the third base line.  It spun back fair…then, hit the lip of the grass to spin back foul.
  • Odd play by Arismendy Alcantara in the bottom of the seventh. He was the tying run at second base with one out and Richard Jones, Peoria’s RBI leader and a lefty, at the plate.  Alcantara tried to steal third.  Paciorek through him out easily, but the trail runner took second on the play.
  • Unfortunately, Jones singled away from the shift with a runner on second to send the tying run home.
  • The crazy thing about that game tonight was that the Rattlers had four hits and still had a chance to win it.
  • The other crazy thing is that opponents now have eight “walk-off” wins against the Timber Rattlers this season.
  • One other crazy thing….Rally vegetables:

Rally. Vegetables. Seriously.

  • Those are probably interns.  So, you want to start working baseball?
  • Clinton AND Kane County both won tonight.  The Rattlers are nine back of Kane County and six back of Clinton.  18 games left in the regular season.

Lineup & Game Notes (August 18, 2011)

Peoria skyline

Thursday’s Lineup:
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Nick Shaw – SS
Cody Hawn – DH
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Brandon Macias – 2B
Reggie Keen – CF
Joey Paciorek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Luis Liria

Thursday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust18

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.

Lineup & Game Notes (August 17, 2011)

Warming up for the Chiefs

Wednesday’s Lineup:
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Nick Shaw – SS
Cody Hawn – DH
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Chad Stang – CF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Joey Paciorek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Del Howell

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Starling Peralta

Wednesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust17

Diamond Dancers need your help

Vote for your favorite Diamond Dancers routine and they will perform it during the game on August 27.

This seems like an appropriate topic on the last scheduled off day of the regular season.

One of the most popular new promotions around Time Warner Cable Field this season is the Diamond Dancers.  You can see all of their routines at the Timber Rattlers YouTube channel.

They will be performing for the final time this season – at least at Time Warner Cable Field, who knows what they do during the offseason – on Saturday, August 27 during the game against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  You can vote for the routine you want to see during that game.  Below are the choices you will have.  Then, head over to this facebook poll and vote for your favorite.  The Diamond Dancers will perform the winner for you.

The choices are:

70s’ Night Tribute:

Oops! I did it again:

Party in the USA:

Party Rock Anthem:

Single Ladies:

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