August 2011

Postgame Thoughts (August 15, 2011)

Good mood! Brats! For Everyone!

Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities 5
Boxscore | Game Story

  • I wouldn’t characterize Miller as completely wild today.  Yes, there were some pitches that were well outside the strike zone, but several early pitches were borderline. That just built on itself.
  • It must be a thing with Miller and the River Bandits.  Two starts vs. QC: 6.2IP, 2H, 2R, 13BBs, 6 K.
  • Britt & Williams were workman-like in their relief outings.
  • Rosario wasn’t exactly Rosario the Ridiculous – meaning his stuff wasn’t ridiculous – in the eighth.  But, in the ninth,  you bet.
  • Speaking of ridiculous…check out the two defensive plays by the Rattlers at the end of the highlight reel.
  • Rattlers pitchers did the job today and stranded 12 Quad Cities runners in the game.
  • Meanwhile, the Rattlers went 3-for-6 with a runners in scoring position.
  • And one of those as at bats without a hit was an error that would have got a run home anyway.
  • Plus, TJ Mittelstaedt’s sacrifice fly got a run home, too.
  • Great to see Reggie Keen with solid contact and a key hit today.  He laced that triple in the fifth to put the Rattlers up 3-2.
  • Nice reaction by the Rattlers fans in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nick Ramirez sent a high fly to center, but Nick Longmire lost the ball in the Sun.  The ball looked like it was going to drop.  Then, out of nowhere — well, technically from way over in right field — Chris Edmondson flashes into the picture and makes a diving catch.  The fans gave a nice ovation to Edmondson for the catch.
  • The Rattlers wrap up the 18-game season series with the River Bandits 9-9.
  • I really can’t believe that there only seven home games left in the regular season.
  • Off day on Tuesday.  Then, it’s off to Peoria for three and Burlington for four games.
  • The scheduled Rattlers starting pitchers for the road trip*:
    WED: LHP Del Howell @PEO
    THU: RHP Jimmy Nelson @PEO
    FRI: RHP Eric Arnett @PEO
    SAT: RHP Brooks Hall @BUR
    SUN: RHP Matt Miller @BUR
    MON: LHP Del Howell @BUR
    TUE: RHP Jimmy Nelson @BUR
    *-Subject to change
  • Enjoy the highlights:

Lineup & Game Notes (August 15, 2011)

And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Drew Benes, son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes

Monday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust15

Postgame thoughts (August 14, 2011)

He's got it!

Wisconsin 12, Quad Cities 3
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Now, THAT is how you follow up getting shutout!
  • Before getting to the offense, let’s hear it for Brooks Hall.
  • I believe that I have used the made up word “Pitchability” and the old west prospector word “Gumption” to describe Hall.
  • Both words still stand after today.
  • Bases loaded w/ no outs in the 2nd: one run; two on in the 3rd: 0 runs; leadoff 2B in the 4th: 0 runs; 1 out 2B in the 5th: 0 runs
  • Very nice.
  • Speaking of very nice, TJ Mittelstaedt officially broke out of his slump today.   Before this game, he was 1-for-34 with one RBI for the month of August.  Today: 3-for-5 with a homer, and four RBI.
  • By the way, Mittelstaedt with 10 homers and 20 stolen bases this season.
  • Nick Ramirez also drove in four runs on Sunday and continues to scald the baseball.
  • Jason Rogers double in the sixth would have been a homer…if the wall in left were 8′ high.
  • I think that Rogers has hit at least four – maybe five – balls off the top tier of the wall in left field at home.  He’d be at about nine or ten homers on the season.
  • But, that doesn’t matter when you can beat out infield singles to let the go ahead score!
  • Rattlers hitting with runners in scoring position on Sunday: 9-for-16.
  • Rattlers w/ RISP and 2 outs on Sunday: 6-for-9
  • I’ll need to check with someone, but I think that’s pretty good.
  • Seth Lintz with 9-2/3 scoreless innings over seven outings for the Rattlers.
  • Oh, Lintz w/ four walks and nine strikeouts in those 9-2/3 innings.
  • I also saw a 94mph in there for him, too.
  • Miller Time on Monday afternoon.
  • Enjoy the highlights.

Lineup & Game Notes (August 14, 2011)

And how - on this glorious day - are you today?

Sunday’s Lineup:
Mike Brownstein – 2B
TJ Mittelstaedt – DH
Chad Stang – CF
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Brandon Macias – SS
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Brooks Hall

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Ryan Copeland

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust14

Postgame Thoughts (8/13/11)


Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Game story

  • Eric Arnett with a quality start tonight. 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3BB, 7K. I saw the velocity tick up to 93 on one of those seven strikeouts.
  • Unofficially: 86 pitches (54 strikes)
  • Five of the River Bandits runs came on two out hits
  • The Rattlers had four hits, but stranded 10 runners in the game
  • Franklin Romero Jr with his first walk at home this season
  • The song to start and end the fireworks display tonight were awesome!



  • A concept for a future fireworks display. Just play the whole Princes of the Universe song with the ending from the first Highlander film playing on the video board.  Then, just as Connor wins…cut away to the Space Oddity video.
  • Not to get all Peter King-ish here, but Christopher Lambert is immensely underrated.
  • Sure, he seems to wind up using a sword in movies that in makes no sense for his character to use a sword.
  • Like Knight Moves, The Hunted (1995), and To Kill A Priest.
  • Well, maybe not that last one, in which he plays a priest in the Polish Solidarity movement…and is really quite good.
  • Get ’em tomorrow.

Lineup & Game Notes (August 13, 2011)

Life's a beach! Let's play ball!

Saturday’s Lineup:
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Brownstein – 2B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Jason Rogers – DH
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Reggie Keen – CF
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Eric Arnett

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Anthony Ferrara

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust13

Postgame Thoughts (8/12/11)

Earlier in the night...

Beloit 4, Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game story

  • That was a tough spot tonight…for everyone. The fans, the front office, the grounds crew, and the players.
  • The radar was showing a light rain at game time.  There was yellow on the radar, but it looked like it would miss us.  Then, once that light rain moved through we would be clear right through to the end.
  • Best laid plans.
  • By the time Jimmy Nelson was 2-1 on the second batter of the game, it was raining like the final game in the Snipes-DeNiro-John Kruk classic: The Fan.
  • Unlike that game, this one was halted…for 70 minutes.
  • Nelson went back out after the delay.  But, he was throwing back in the hitting tunnel to stay warm.
  • Tough night for Nelson, but he kept competing and you there’s nothing wrong with that.
  • Dan Britt since coming off the DL on July 31: 5 games, 9.1IP, 4H, R, BB, 7K
  • Greg Hopkins cracked a homer in the 7th.
  • Nick Ramirez is on a four-game hitting streak and is hitting the ball hard.  Tonight, it was a line drive double into the right field corner
  • The rain really started coming down after the final out of the bottom of the seventh and after thirty minutes. it was game over.
  • Eric Arnett gets his first Midwest League start of 2011 on Saturday night.
  • Highlights to come later tonight in the morning….HERE:

Lineup & Game Notes (8/12/11)

Game tonight!

Friday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Brownstein – DH
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Chad Stang – RF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Joey Paciorek – C
Brandon Macias – 2B
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Reggie Keen – CF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Manuel Soliman

Friday’s Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotesAugust12

Postgame thoughts (8/11/11)

Good times never seemed so good.

Beloit 6, Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Missed opportunities tonight.  Both in the game and in the standings.
  • Kane County and Clinton both lost and Beloit picks up ground on both.
  • Nick Ramirez was striking the ball with authority tonight.  Both of his hits were smacked.  He just missed on a home run in the sixth as he pulled the ball just foul to right.  Then, he drew a walk.
  • Reggie Keen with two hits AND two very nice catches.  You’ll see both catches on the the highlights
  • For 70’s night, the players went with 70’s music for their intro music….
  • Mike Brownstein went 0-for-5 on the night.  He had “More Than A Feeling” by Boston.
  • Brownstein may now hate the band Boston almost as much as I do.
  • I hate the band Boston…a lot…A. Lot.
  • The Rattlers keep swinging until their final out again.  Down 6-3 with two outs and none on in the bottom of the ninth.  Macias singles. Keen singles. Shaw singles! Macias scores! Winning run to the plate….
  • But, it didn’t happen tonight.
  • A bit off topic here, but every time  I had to say the name O’Rourke for the Beloit starting pitcher, I think of this classic John Wayne movie.  Now, I want to watch that movie again.
  • Seth Lintz has pitched two more scoreless innings with a pair of walks and a strikeout.
  • Lintz for the season: 8.1IP, 3H, 3BB, 8K
  • Velocity was good, too.
  • Earlier today, I taped a few segments to Timber Rattlers Field Pass.  The show should debut on Sports32 on August 23rd.  Interviews with Matt Erickson, Charlie Greene, and Matt Miller.
  • I was trying to figure out how many years we have been doing Field Pass, a show that started out on Cable Access.  I think it was 2003…maybe 2003….
  • During the off-season, they may need to put up video on youtube of Mirror Universe Mehring (I had a goatee for the playoff run) interviewing Jeff Clement in one of his first days in a Timber Rattlers uniform.

Lineup & Game Notes (8/11/11)

Game today! Game today!

Thursday’s Lineup:
Reggie Keen – CF
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Brownstein – 2B
Chad Stang – LF
Jason Rogers – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Joey Paciorek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF
Brandon Macias – 3B

Wisconsin starting pitcher:
Del Howell

Beloit starting pitcher:
Ryan O’Rourke

Thursday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust11

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