September 2011

Notes on 2011 Timber Rattlers hitters

Part 4 of a season stat recap.  The multi-hit and multi-RBI games and hitting streaks involve only those players who were on the roster (Active or DL) at the end of the year.  The starts by batting order and starts by position are for everyone who played for the Rattlers during the 2011 season.

It goes without saying that all errors are all on me.

MULTIPLE HIT GAMES2….345+Total
Brownstein…………………101…………….11
Hawn…………………………2171………..29
Hopkins……………………..215……………26
Keen………………………… 1592……….26
Macias………………………..5…………………..5
Mittelstaedt……………….23811……33
Neda…………………………..1…………………..1
Paciorek………………………53……………..8
Pechek………………………..41………………5
Ramirez………………………51………………6
Rogers………………………1431…………18
Romero………………………76……………..13
Shaw…………………………238……………..31
Stang…………………………1251…………18
Walker……………………….1371…………21

MULTIPLE RBI GAMES2345+Total
Brownstein…………………11………1……..3
Hawn……………………….101…………….11
Hopkins……………………..522…………9
Keen………………………….71……………..8
Macias……………………………1……………..1
Mittelstaedt………………1011……….12
Neda…………………………1………………….1
Paciorek……………………3………1…………4
Pechek………………………2………………….2
Ramirez…………………….2………11…….4
Rogers………………………63……………..9
Romero…………………….212…………5
Shaw…………………………71…………….8
Stang
Walker……………………..11511…..18

LONGEST HITTING STREAKS:
Brownstein:……8 – 7/25-8/3 13-for-29
Hawn:………….17 – 6/29-7/17 27-for-68
Hopkins:………12 – 5/30-6/12 22-for-50
Keen:……………8 – 5/29-6/5 13-for-39
Macias:………..3 – (4x) Last: 9/1- 4-for-11
Mittelstaedt:6 – (2x) Last: 8/26-8/30 12-for-23
Neda:…………..2 – 8/25-8/27 3-for-8
Paciorek:……..7 – 7/26-8/4 10-for-26
Pechek:………..3 – 5/28-5/31 3-for-11
Ramirez:………4 – (2x) Last: 8/23-26 6-for-17
Rogers:………..8 – 8/19-8/28 14-for-33
Romero:…….13 – 4/27(GM 2)-5/12 18-for-50
Shaw:…………14 – 7/22-8/7 21-for-59
Stang:………….8 – 6/29-7/8 16-for-33
Walker:……….7 – (2x) Last: 7/13-20 10-for-28

2011 STARTS BY BATTING ORDER:
1st: Shaw (67), Keen (48), Garvey (2), Mittelstaedt (17), Brownstein (1), Gomez (4)
2nd: Keen (28), Hopkins (7), Garvey (2), George (1), Shaw (56), Mittelstaedt (27), Hawn (1),
Brownstein (14), Stang (2), Macias (1)
3rd: Hawn (73), Walker (16), Dennis (4), Mittelstaedt (35), Shaw (1), Keen (1), Hopkins (3), Rogers (3), Brownstein (2), Stang (1)
4th: Rogers (48), Walker (26), Dennis (20), Hawn (2), Hopkins (30), Ramirez (8), Paciorek (1), Stang (4)
5th: Walker (60), Hopkins (13), Garfield (2), Hopkins (6), Garvey (1), Dennis (9), Romero (1), Keen (1), Roberts (2), Hawn (16), Rogers (5), Ramirez (16), Mittelstaedt (1), Stang (5), Paciorek (1)
6th: Garvey (10), Hopkins (23), Walker (2), Mittelstaedt (11), Garfield (1), Romero (15), Keen (1),
Pechek (2), Roberts (3), Dennis (15), Brownstein (1), Hawn (10), Rogers (7), Paciorek (5), Stang (13), Ramirez (11), Macias (6), Neda (3)
7th: Roberts (22), Garfield (3), Mittelstaedt (8), Garvey (12), George (2), Romero (8), Pechek (6),
Keen (12), Hopkins (13), Brownstein (11), Stang (24), Paciorek (8), Dennis (2), Rogers (1), Macias (6), Neda (1)
8th: George (18), Mittelstaedt (5), Pechek (31), Romero (5), Hopkins (8), Garvey (6), Roberts (15),
Rivera (9), Brownstein (5), Stang (4), Paciorek (23), Macias (5), Neda (5)
9th: Romero (56), George (5), Pechek (5), Roberts (2), Keen (15), Garvey (4), Rivera (21), Shaw (1), Hopkins (8), Mittelstaedt (2), Stang (9), Brownstein (9), Macias (2)

2011 STARTS BY POSITION:
C: Roberts (44), Garfield (4), Pechek (44), Paciorek (38), Neda (9)
1B: Hawn (71), Rogers (4), Walker (27), Dennis (4), Ramirez (31)
2B: Shaw (60), Hopkins (24), Mittelstaedt (26), Brownstein (25), Macias (4)
3B: Walker (43), Hopkins (81), Brownstein (2), Macias (12)
SS: George (26), Shaw (65), Rivera (31), Brownstein (13), Macias (4)
LF: Garvey (16), Mittelstaedt (59), Rogers (32), Dennis (19), Stang (13)
CF: Keen (103), Garvey (3), Romero (4), Stang (25), Gomez (4)
RF: Romero (81), Garvey (18), Mittelstaedt (15), Stang (24), Keen (1)
DH: Rogers (29), Walker (35), Hawn (29), Garfield (2), Mittelstaedt (9), Dennis (27), Keen (1), Ramirez (5), Shaw (1), Brownstein (1)

2011 TIMBER RATTLER PINCH HITTERS
Hopkins: 0-for-1
Keen: 1-for-1, RBI

Pitching & catching stats for 2011

Continuing the season stat wrap. Here are the splits for the pitchers & catchers from the 2011 Timber Rattlers season.

2011 Timber Rattlers pitchers

…………………………….IP……….H……R……ER……BB…….K…..WP….HR…..ERA
Starters
……………..718.0…..705394….339…..278…..572…..60……55…….4.25
Position Player*……2.0………2…….0……..0………0………0…….0……..0……0.00
Relievers…………..477.2…..415225…..195…..219……473……58……26……3.67
TOTAL……………1,197.2..1,122619…..534…..4971,045….118……81……4.01

Balks (16): Howell (3), Thornburg (3), Bashara (2), Keeling (2), Dunn (1), Hall (2), Nelson (1), Miller (1), Wawrzasek (1)
Pickoffs (13): Bashara (3), Nelson (3), Howell (4), Rosario (2), Miller (1)

*-That would be TJ Mittelstaedt and his two games of knuckleballing relief.

2011 Timber Rattlers Catchers

PLAYER……..G…..CS…..ATT…...PCT…..PB…..E…..REC
Garfield………..4…..….2.…...9…...222…..….3……0…….1-3
Neda…………..10…..3…..24…..…..125…..0……2…....5-4
Paciorek………39…..21…..63…..…...333…...12…...9…..17-19
Pechek………..47…..14…..43…..…...326…..5……6…..20-27
Roberts……….46…..20…..59…..…..339…..9…...7…..24-19
Total…………..…..….60198…..…..303……29….24…..67-72
And a few defensive stats:

2011 DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED BY DEFENSE: 

RATTLERS: 116
OPPONENTS: 86

2011 OUTFIELD ASSISTS: 46
Keen: 15
Romero: 9
Stang: 9
Mittelstaedt: 5
Garvey: 3
Dennis: 3
Rogers: 1
Gomez: 1

Links to ex-Rattlers highlights

Alex Liddi (’06, ’07, & ’08) has homered two straight days for his first two home runs in the major leagues.

Homer #1 in ClevelandHomer #2 in Minnesota.

Here is an interesting Geoff Baker post from yesterday about Liddi and home runs by native born Italians.

Lorenzo Cain (’09) hit a two-run triple for Omaha in last night’s Triple-A championship game.  BUT, Columbus beat the Storm Chasers for the AAA Championship.

HOWEVER, not all bad for Cain

Cain’s consolation prize for not winning the Triple-A championship was the news after the game that he was one of six Storm Chasers bound for Kansas City.

No video, but Bryan LaHair (’04) was presented with his award for being the Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year before Tuesday’s game.  No surprise, since LaHair hit 38 home runs to win the Joe Bauman Trophy as the top home run hitter in all of Minor League Baseball AND the PCL MVP.

 

Breaking down Wins & Losses in 2011

Part two of the wrap on the 2011 season.

Here are the wins and loses for the Timber Rattlers:

2011 Best Mark:………46-38
2011 Worst Mark:……66-72
First Half:………………38-32
Second Half:…………..29-40
Home Record:………..35-35
Road Record:…………32-37
Daytime Record:……..22-18
Night Record:…………45-54
Starters:………………..41-47
Relievers:………………26-25
Quality Starts:……………..52
Saves/Chances:………37/51
Longest Win Streak:………7
Longest Losing Streak:…..6
Rattlers Score First:44-19
Opp. Score First:……..22-52
Comeback Wins:………..30
Lead Entering 8th:…..49-3
Tied Entering 8th:…….2-9
Trail Entering 8th:……6-49
Lead Entering 9th:….48-2
Tied Entering 9th:……2-8
Trail Entering 9th:…..4-51
Wins in last AB:…………..8
“Walkoff” Wins:…………..4
Opp. Wins in last AB:…..19
Opp. “Walkoff” Wins:……8
Extra Innings:…………3-9
Double headers:…….10-8
Shutouts:……………….7-8
One-run game:………22-19
Scoring 4 or less:…..28-56
Scoring 5 or more:39-16
Allowing 4 or less:55-17
Allowing 5 or more: 12-55

Wins and losses vs. MWL teams:
……………………….ALL…….HOME……ROAD
Beloit………………….9-8………4-5………..5-3
Burlington…………..7-10…….5-3………..2-7
Cedar Rapids……..10-7………5-2………..5-5
Clinton……………….5-8………3-4………..2-4
Kane County……….8-10……..5-5……….3-5
Peoria………………..8-7………2-3………..6-4
Quad Cities………….9-9………6-6……….3-3
Western Division..56-58…..30-28……26-30

Bowling Green……..1-2………0-0……….1-2
Dayton……………….2-1………0-0……….2-1
Fort Wayne…………1-2………1-2………..0-0
Great Lakes…………2-1………0-0……….2-1
Lake County………..2-1………2-1……….0-0
Lansing………………1-2………0-0……….1-2
South Bend………….1-2………1-2……….0-0
West Michigan……..1-2………1-2……….0-0
Eastern Division….11-13……5-7……….6-6

Wins and losses by month:
April:…………7-12
May:………..20-13
June:………..14-11
July:………..10-18
August:…….15-15
September:1-3

Wins and losses by day of the week:
SUN:13-9
MON:9-8
TUE:10-5
WED:..10-12
THU:11-9
FRI:…..7-14
SAT:….7-15

2011 Timber Rattlers Highs & Lows

Over the next few day’s I’ll be putting up a few things from my game notes on the 2011 season.  Today, here are the Team and Individual highs and lows for the season:

This should all be in courier new, but I can’t format this thing properly.  However, you should get the general idea.

2011 TEAM HIGHS AND LOWS
Longest Winning Streak:………………………7 – 5/8 – 5/14
Longest Losing Streak:…………………………6 – 8/29-9/4

Most Runs, Inning:………………………………8 – 9/5 @BEL; 7th inning
Most Runs, Game:………………………………19 – 8/26 v. KC
Most Runs Allowed, Game:…………………..16 – 6/27 v. PEO
Most Hits, Inning:………………………………..8 – 9/5 @BEL; 7th inning
Most Hits, Game:………………………………..20 – (2x) 6/8 v. LC & 7/4 @BEL
Most Hits Allowed, Game:…………………….19 – 6/27 v. PEO
Most Doubles, Game:…………………………….5 – (2x) 8/27 v. CR; 8/28 v. CR
Most Triples, Game:………………………………3 – 8/16 v. QC
Most Home Runs, Game:………………………..4 – 6/8 v. LC
Most Extra Base Hits, Game:……………………7 – (2x) 6/8 v. LC; 8/26 v. KC
Most Stolen Bases, Game:………………………..5 – 4/8 v. KC

Most Left on Base, Game:……………………….14 – 7/17 v. SB
Most Errors, Game:………………………………..5 – 6/10 v. FW

Most Strikeouts, Game (Rattler Hitting):…..18 – 5/27 @KC
Most Strikeouts, Game (Rattler Pitching):18 – 5/2 @QC
Most Walks, Game (Rattler Hitting):…………13 – 8/26 v. KC
Most Walks, Game (Rattler Pitching):……….10 – (3x) 4/10 v. KC; 7/10 @QC; 8/11 v. BEL

Longest Game by Innings:………………………14 – 7/17 v. SB
Longest Nine Inning Game (by Time):…….3:32 – 4/14 @CR
Longest Extra Inning Game (by Time):……4:49 – 7/17 v. SB
Shortest Nine Inning Game (by Time):…….2:08 – 5/29 @KC

Largest Crowd (Home):…………………………6,506 – 8/28 v. CR
Smallest Crowd (Home):…………………………..347 – 4/18 v. BEL
Largest Crowd (Road):…………………………11,306 – 8/6 @KC
Smallest Crowd (Road):……………………………468 – 5/4 @BEL

Biggest Deficit Overcome in Win:…………………..5 – 7/4 @BEL; Down 6-1 after B-3rd
Largest Lead Lost in Loss:……………………………7 – 6/17 @CR; Led 7-0 after T-4th

2011 INDIVIDUAL HIGHS AND LOWS
Longest Hitting Streak:………………….17 – Cody Hawn 6/29- 27-for-68 (.397)
Most Hits, Game:……………………………5 – TJ Mittelstaedt; 7/5 @BEL
Most Walks, Game:…………………………5 – Nick Shaw; 4/14 @CR
Most Runs, Game:………………………….5 – TJ Mittelstaedt; 8/26 v. KC
Most Doubles, Game:……………………..2 – Tyler Roberts; 4/10 v. KC
…………………………………………………..2 – Tony Pechek; 5/5 @BEL
…………………………………………………..2 – Nick Shaw; 5/5 @BEL
…………………………………………………..2 – Reggie Keen; 5/29 @KC
…………………………………………………..2 – TJ Mittelstaedt; 7/1 @CR
…………………………………………………..2 – Joey Paciorek; 7/4 @BEL
…………………………………………………..2 – Jason Rogers; 7/17 v. SB
…………………………………………………..2 – Chad Stang; 7/30 v. BUR
…………………………………………………..2 – Nick Ramirez; (3x) 8/26 v. KC; 8/28 & 8/29 v. CR
…………………………………………………..2 – Cody Hawn; 8/27 v. CR
Most Triples, Game:……………………….2 – Chad Stang; 7/21 @LAN
Most Home Runs, Game:…………………2 – Tyler Roberts 5/29 @KC
…………………………………………………..2 – Greg Hopkins; 7/18 v. SB
Most Total Bases, Game:………………….9 – Greg Hopkins; 7/18 v. SB
Most RBI, Game:……………………………5 – Mike Walker 6/14 @PEO
…………………………………………………..5 – Mike Brownstein 8/1 v. BUR
Most Stolen Bases, Game:………………..3 – Reggie Keen; 4/8 v. KC

Most Innings Pitched, Start:………….9.0 – Tyler Thornburg; 5/29 @KC
Most Innings Pitched, Relief:…………6.0 – Charly Bashara 5/1 @QC
………………………………………………..6.0 – Austin Ross; 5/12 v. CR
Most Strikeouts, Game:………………..11 – Austin Ross; 6/14 @ PEO
Most Walks, Game:……………………….7 – Matt Miller; 5/9 v. QC
Low-Hit, CG (9 inning game):………….5 – Tyler Thornburg; 5/29 @KC
Low-Hit, CG (7 inning game):………….2 – Del Howell; 4/23 (GM 2) @BUR
………………………………………………….2 – Tyler Thornburg; 6/15 (GM 1) @PEO
Low-Hit (Combined) (9 innings):……..2 – Bashara/Brit/Medlen/Williams/Holle 9/5 @BEL
Low-Hit (Combined) (7 innings):……..1 – Garman & Britt (8/9 @ KC – GM 2)
Longest Winning Streak:………………..7 – Tyler Thornburg
Longest Losing Streak:…………………..4 – Jimmy Nelson
………………………………………………….4 – Del Howell

Maybe NOW the window will open

And…We’re back!

I’ve taken a little time away to refresh & recharge & re-whatever else.

There are a few projects I am working on and…oh, HECK, you caught me.  I’ve been sitting around watching football, baseball, poker, and Ancient Aliens on TV since the season ended back on Labor Day.

So, what has happened since I went into hibernation?

In the Midwest League, our friends from Quad Cities cruised through the playoffs to their first championship since 1990.  They swept Clinton and Kane County in the Western Division playoffs and Lansing in the Championship Series.

The story on Saturday’s game.

“Lansing is a great-hitting team, but we answered the challenge every single game of this series. When they scored, we scored. That’s been this team all season,” said Jonathan Rodriguez, whose two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave relievers Aiden Lucas and Kiekhefer the cushion they needed to finish off the series.

The Lugnuts, who stranded the tying run on base in each of the three championship series games, loaded them in the ninth as Kiekhefer walked a pair of batters before giving up a single to Jake Marisnick.

Cleanup hitter Marcus Knecht then drove a fly ball to left where Walsh was waiting to secure the championship.

And from the Monday morning wrap on the season.

Early in the season, pitching and defense was the River Bandits’ game. A collection of hard-throwing starters that initially included Jordan Swagerty and Carlos Martinez helped the club build a 40-29 record during a first half which included the franchise’s first-ever appearance at Busch Stadium.

Catcher Cody Stanley, infielder Starlin Rodriguez and pitchers Anthony Ferrara, Justin Wright and Rosenthal represented Quad-Cities at the league all-star game held at Modern Woodmen Park.

And in the second half, the River Bandits broke out the bats.

Outfielder Oscar Taveras, who hit .386 for the season, became the first Quad-Cities player since Orlando Palmeiro in 1992 to win the Midwest League batting title, while Jonathan Rodriguez broke a 41-year-old club record by averaging one home run every 19.7 at-bats.

Congratulations to Quad Cities.  I suppose I had better not complain about the window in the visiting radio booth not opening. They may hang the 2011 Championship Banner in front of that window for the 2012 season.

But, still....the window doesn't open.

Plays of the Year

I meant to do this earlier today, but I slept in for a little longer than usual.  Then, we had a front office review meeting for most of the day.

The boys in the production booth put together the top ten offensive and the top ten defensive plays of the year.  Or, as I like to call it, “A bunch of plays where I sound like a raving lunatic.”*

Top ten Defensive Plays of the Year:

Top ten Offensive Plays of the Year:

Oh, you probably should have turned the speakers on your computers down a bit.

*-The production crew has another name for “Plays were Mehring sounds like a lunatic.”  That name is Tuesday.

Postgame Thoughts (September 5, 2011)

And that's the season.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 11, Beloit Snappers 0
Boxscore | Game Story

  • You can never really base anything on the final game of a season, but that was a really nice way to end the season.
  • All of the runs came with two outs in an inning.
  • Heckfire!  All EIGHT of the runs in the seventh inning came with two outs.
  • That’s not just nice…THAT’S AWESOME!
  • Just click here and scroll down to the seventh inning and take a look.
  • If you saw an eight run inning in there before it started….well, you are smarter than I.
  • Granted, it doesn’t take much, but still…
  • That picture above is of the last out of the 2011 season.  It’s a 5-3 putout in the bottom of the ninth.
  • What is the first thing you notice about it?
  • Well…What is the first thing you notice after the big, black lines from the nets?
  • Here’s what I noticed: Even up 11-0 with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth in the last game of the year, Joey Paciorek is hustling down the line to back up the play.  Also, Chad Stang and Greg Hopkins are running to get in position on a potential overthrow.
  • I think that speaks volumes about the 2011 Timber Rattlers.
  • They hustled right to the end and – if I can say this without sounding like I work with or cheer for the Cardinals – they played the game the right way.
  • A few notes about the blog over the next few days:
  • I will be posting the highs & lows and a few other season wrapup things and checking in with Rattlers alumni in the Majors.
  • However, I am planning on taking a couple of weeks of vacation.  Posting may be erratic.
  • Once I am recharged and revved up there will be some new features for the off season.
  • A couple of things before signing off today.
  • A big thank you to the coaching staff of Matt Erickson, Chris Hook, Dusty Rhodes, Jeff Paxson, & Tim Gifford.
  • Thanks to the all of the players who played for the Timber Rattlers in 2011.  Good luck.
  • The Timber Rattlers front office does not get a lot of mentions on the blog, but they deserve a lot of credit to keep me on my toes and they let me do…whatever it is that I do.  Thanks to Rob and the entire front office.
  • And THANK YOU!  You checking in on Rattler Radio during the 2011 season made this a great year on the blog.
  • Rattler Radio has reached the top 30 for the last several months on the MLB Pro Blogs list.
  • That’s all because of you.
  • Opening Day, 2012 can’t get here soon enough.
  • See you in April

Right after the last out.

Ending the season on a high note.

Lineup & Game Notes (September 5, 2011)

One more

Monday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Cody Hawn – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Mike Walker – 3B
Chad Stang – RF
Reggie Keen – CF
Joey Paciorek – C
Greg Hopkins – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Charly Bashara

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
AJ Achter

Monday’s Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotesSeptember5

Postgame Thoughts September 4, 2011

Pohlman Field from the press box

Beloit 5, Rattlers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Arnett’s slider was sharp and late breaking at times today.
  • But, the Snappers got to him for a three-run second inning for a 3-1 lead.
  • Then, the Rattlers offense really didn’t do too much.
  • Ten strikeouts by four different Snappers pitcher.
  • Plus, there were a couple of outs on the bases today.  Daniel Ortiz, the Beloit right fielder, has a very, very good arm.
  • Plus, catcher Jhonathan Arias made an unbeliepossible (cross between unbelievable and impossible) catch on a Reggie Keen foul popup bunt.
  • It was sick.  especially the way that Arias took a step in the wrong direction and managed to recover before diving back and making the catch.
  • Garman’s scoreless streak is now at eight after his scoreless fifth inning.
  • Miller ran into a little trouble in the eighth with two outs.  A double and a single and a run scored to make it 5-1.
  • But, overall he threw the ball well again.
  • Cody Hawn had a pair of hits.  He’s raised his average to .295 on the season.
  • Franklin Romero, Jr. fouled a bunt off his upper chest/throat area in the top of the 5th.  He stayed in to finish his at bat, but Chad Stang replaced him in right field to start the bottom of the fifth.
  • The Rattlers have lost six straight and are six games under .500.  This is the first time either has happened to the Rattlers in 2011.
  • The roster move to get Charly Bashara active for tomorrow’s game is Del Howell to roster of the AZL Brewers.
  • Speaking of tomorrow, it’s a 2pm start.
  • Sigh…One game left. One more night in a hotel. One more meal in a hotel restaurant. One more bus to the ballpark. One more bus ride home…
  • I’d be lying if I said that I’m not going to miss this.
  • Get ‘em tomorrow.
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