August 2011

Postgame thoughts (August 11, 2011)

Miller time!

Rattlers 3, Snappers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • 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.


Lineup & Game Notes (8/10/11)

Recycled. Sorry. Running late.

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

Wisconsin starting pitcher:
Matt Miller

Beloit starting pitcher:
Blayne Weller

Wednesday’s game notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust10

Post-doubleheader Thoughts (August 9, 2011)

Brian Garman records one of his four strikeouts in game two.

Game One:
Kane County 1, Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Game Story

Game Two:
Wisconsin 5, Kane County 0
Boxscore | Game Story

  • By my count, the Rattlers won the doubleheader and the series on aggregate.
  • But, this isn’t CONCACAF Champions League
  • I wanted to touch on the third inning…the inning where the Rattlers lost two runners on the bases.
  • The tag on Romero was on the back of his shoulder.
  • Romero, Dusty Rhodes, and Matt Erickson all thought Romero was safely back.
  • I didn’t think it was even that close of a play.
  • But, I don’t have a call or a say.
  • The Brownstein play in the same inning was…was…just…odd
  • He took off on the first move by Perez and stopped because Perez stopped. Then, he took off when Perez threw to first.  THen, Kuebler dropped the throw…Then, the throw was high….Then, Brownstein was called out.
  • Again, I don’t have a call.
  • But, Brownstein looked like he was arguing that Perez had started to the plate, stopped, and then threw.
  • I am pretty sure that is a balk.
  • Again, I don’t have a call.
  • HOWEVER, plenty of other chances in game one, just unable to cash in.
  • Second and third in the second with one out; Bases loaded with one out in the fourth; First and Third with one out in the seventh
  • Dang.
  • Then, Game two…What a pick me up!
  • Garman 5IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 4K after 55 straight
  • Oh and the answer is May 14, 2010.
  • The question? When was Brian Garman’s last start?
  • If you read the Brian Garman profile in the Post-Crescent, this start should not have surprised you.  To Chris Hook’s analysis:

He had some hiccups early with us and since then he’s been making his way back to where he was last year. When you don’t have success right away, you tend to step back a little — sort of like a boxer. I think he’s come back. He’s had a few jabs in there and has made a comeback.

“His best attribute and tool is his tenacity. He has to have tenacity. He has to be a bulldog. When he loses that, he loses part of himself. That’s what we’re looking for out of him — the bulldog mentality.”

  • I’m not sure.  Is 60 pitches/41 strikes and retiring the last ten batters in order in your first pro start and pitching five innings when your previous high this season was 3-1/3 innings a “bulldog mentality”?
  • Pretty sure, but I may need to check with someone.
  • Maybe check with later tonight.  They called looking for some quotes from Garman.
  • Britt just picked up where Garman left off and pitched two perfect innings to close out the game
  • By my math, Garman & Britt retired the final 16 Cougars batters in the game.
  • The only Kane County hit in game two was a line single to left-center over the head of Shaw at short.
  • I’m an idiot. Mixed it up with one of the hits in the first game.
  • From the story:

Only his own hesitation stopped him from making a play on Kuebler’s tapper back up the middle.

“I wish I had been able to make that play,” the 23-year-old left-hander said. “He didn’t hit it very well, but I thought it was coming harder than it was. As a pitcher, it’s just self-preservation. I didn’t set my feet or get in front of it like I should have and I just stabbed at it. It was a pretty soft roller and it bounced off the end of my glove.

  • Speaking of Shaw, his 14 game hitting streak ended in game one, so he started a new one in the second game with a first inning single.
  • Brownstein with an excellent AB in the sixth inning of game two.  He was down 1-2 fouled off three pitches, didn’t chase a couple of off speed pitches and took them for balls to run the count full.  Then, he lined a double into the corner in left to drive in two runs for a 5-0 lead.
  • Alright.
  • So? Where does this split leave the Rattlers? There are 26 games left in the regular season. There are 13 at home and 13 on the road.
  • Well, The Rattlers, Peoria, and Cedar Rapids are all 18-26 and tied for fifth.
  • Wisconsin is eight games behind Kane County for the second half division title with three games left against the Cougars
  • Wisconsin is five games behind Clinton for the second half division wild card with 0 games left against the LumberKings
  • Beloit and Quad Cities are at Time Warner Cable Field for three games each starting Wednesday.
  • See you at the ballpark!

Game 1 Lineup & Notes

Let's play two in Kane County tonight! Game one is at 4pm!

Tuesday’s lineup (Game one):
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Brownstein – 2B
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Jason Rogers – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Chad Stang – CF
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin’s Starting Pitcher (Game one):
Brooks Hall

Kane County’s Starting Pitcher (Game two):
Leondy Perez

Tuesday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust9

Second half intro music

There have been a few requests about player music in the second half.

Since Monday’s game was rained out and there will be no Postgame Thoughts tonight how about a list of the current walk up music for the hitters.

This is what I have:

Reggie Keen – Racks on Racks by Young Chris
Nick Shaw – Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
Jason Rogers – Simon Says by Pharoahe Monch
Greg Hopkins – Work by Gang Starr
TJ Mittelstaedt – California Love by 2Pac
Chad Stang – Am I The Only One by Dierks Bentley
Mike Brownstein – Alright by Darius Rucker
Tony Pechek – Small Town Kid by Eli Young Band
Franklin Romero – Miami Boy by Pitbull
Cody Hawn – Honey Bee by Blake Shelton
Joey Paciorek – Young Cardinals by Alexisonfire
Mike Walker – Paper Planes by MIA
Nick Ramirez – If I Die Today by Lil Wayne

The most frequent request has been, “What is the song that plays when Jason Rogers comes to the plate?”…I am paraphrasing.


Enjoy the unexpected night off everyone.  Let’s play TWO on Tuesday!

Lineup & Game Notes (August 8, 2011)


Monday’s game has been rained out.  There will be a doubleheader on Tuesday.  Game one starts at 4:00pm.  Full details here.

Before you tarp, ya gotta pre-tarp.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Eric Arnett

Kane County Starting Pitcher:
Leondy Perez

Monday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust8

Geneva, Illinois weather radar


These were taken 60 minutes before the scheduled 6:30pm start time:

Yep. It's raining.

Also…Where do you think the indoor hitting cage is at in Elfstrom Stadium?

Rattlers walking back from the batting cage.

If you said, “Beyond the outfield fence!”…You’re right!!!

L to R: Dusty Rhodes, Matt Erickson, TJ Mittelstaedt, & Cody Hawn head back from the batting cage.

Postgame Thoughts (August 7, 2011)

This was not the final score

Rattlers 7. Cougars 6
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Do you think I am kidding when I write that this Rattlers team will not give up?
  • How about THAT comeback in the sixth inning.
  • A couple of walks. Starting the runners to stay out of the double play
  • A bloop, an error, another bloop, and another error
  • Then, Romero’s single was just out of the reach of the second baseman to knock in the go ahead runs
  • Jason Rogers with situational hitting and gets two more RBI.  He’s knocked in at least one run in five of his last six games
  • Also, there was a scoring change after the game.  Rogers will not be charged with an error in the second inning.
  • Nick Shaw extends his hitting streak to 14 games with a single
  • Greg Hopkins with the D-FENCE!  D-FENCE! in the eighth.
  • No! Really!  look at this picture:

Look at THAT PLAY!...happen outside the shot...Darn, I'm not a very good photographer.

  • Well, how about this one:

See! Hopkins uniform is dirty. Like he dove for a ball! See! Click for the larger image and you'll see.

  • Nelson’s Line: 4.2IP, 9H, 5R, 2BB, 2K. Unofficially: 75 pitches (47 strikes).
  • Casey Medlen gets his first pro win.
  • Alan Willams gets the defensive help in the eighth and works around the leadoff runner in the ninth getting on after a strikeout.
  • Very nice win today by the Rattlers.
  • Eric Arnett on the hill tomorrow to try to keep it going.

Lineup & Game Notes (August 7, 2011)

A sudden downpour caught them unaware at Elfstrom Stadium. The tarp was not on the field when it rained very, very, very hard. This picture was taken as the tarp is being removed a little after 10am.


This picture was taken just before 11am. They are working hard and hoping to get the game started on time...That's 1pm CDT, by the way.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Kane County Starting Pitcher:
Jason Adam

Sunday’s Roster Moves:
RHP Maverick Lasker to the DL
LHP Del Howell transferred to Wisconsin from AZL Brewers

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_080711

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust7

Postgame Thoughts (August 6, 2011)

Meeting with some future Rattlers before the game.


Kane County 5, Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Sorry.  I got caught up watching the last 15 minutes of “The Dirty Dozen“.
  • I always seem to pick it up right when the German frau sneaks into the room Maggot in which is hiding.
  • Of course, she thinks it’s…”Wolfgang?  Wolfgang?”
  • WE MADE….
  • Where were we?
  • Nick Shaw’s hitting streak has reached 13 games.
  • Jason Rogers has driven in at least a run in four of his last five games.
  • For a bit more on Brandon Macias, the new player,  go over here to his University of Kansas bio page.
  • Nick Ramirez with an RBI single in the ninth.
  • Just received word that Eric Arnett is getting the start on Monday.
  • Rattlers rotation for the next five days:
    SUN: Jimmy Nelson
    MON: Eric Arnett
    TUE: Brooks Hall
    WED: Matt Miller
    THU: Maverick Lasker

Lineup & Game Notes (August 6, 2011)

Brandon Macias ready for a grounder at third before Saturday's game in Kane County.

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

Wisconsin starting pitcher:
Maverick Lasker

Kane County starting pitcher:
Yordano Ventura

Saturday’s Roster Moves:
LHP Charly Bashara to the DL
INF Brandon Macias transferred to the Timber Rattlers from AZL Brewers

Latest Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_080611

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust6

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