September 2011

Lineup & Game Notes for September 4, 2011

Pohlman Field, home of the Beloit Snappers

NOTE FOR TODAY: Eric Arnett will start for the Rattlers.  Matt Miller will come on in relief.

NOTE FOR TOMORROW: Charly Bashara will be activated and start tomorrow’s season finale as part of a Johnny Allstaff day

Sunday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Brownstein – 2B
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Jason Rogers – DH
Cody Hawn – 1B
Brandon Macias – 3B
Reggie Keen – CF
Joey Paciorek – C
Franklin Romero – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Eric Arnett

Wisconsin Reliever:
Matt Miller

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Michael Tonkin

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesSeptember4

Bonus Pohlman Field photo

Game Notes for September 3, 2011

UPDATE:  Saturday’s game has been rained out.  It will not be made up.  Next game is at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the story as it should be on the website, but for some reason this internet connection is not letting me do that.

September 3, 2011

Rattlers and Snappers rained out in Beloit

BELOIT, WI – Saturday’s Midwest League game between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field has been rained out. The game will not be made up on the schedule.

Rain began to fall in Beloit around 11:00am on Saturday morning. The rain had not stopped when the Rattlers arrived at the ballpark in the afternoon and was forecast to continue well past the scheduled 7:00pm start time. The game was called a little before 5:00pm.

Wisconsin and Beloit will play a single game on Sunday afternoon at Pohlman Field. Eric Arnett (0-, 4.70) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Beloit has either Michael Tonkin (3-3, 4.13) or A.J. Achter (5-7, 4.66) as their scheduled starting pitcher. Game time is 2:00pm.

Tune in for the broadcast on AM 1280, WNAM starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 1:40pm.

I am going to put this up here for right now because the weather in Beloit is – to put it mildly – BLECH.

No severe thunderstorms or wind like everyone in Northeastern Wisconsin had on Friday.  BUT, this was the view from my hotel room door around 1:30 this afternoon.

Doo doo doo looking out my back door

And this was the view from the top of the stands at Pohlman Field at 4:30pm

And I wonder, still I wonder who'll stop the rain?

And for fun, here is a link to the Beloit RADAR at

No lineup yet.  The team won’t get here for another half hour.  There was no need to get here early due to the rain and the lack of an indoor hitting cage.  When I get it, I will update the post with the Rattlers lineup.

Probable Starters: 
Wisconsin:  Eric Arnett
Beloit: Michael Tonkin

There was some news today.  Six roster moves in all

Rafael Neda, Brooks Hall, & Jimmy Nelson have been transferred to the roster of the AZL Brewers.

Tony Pechek, Mike Brownstein, & Mike Walker have been activated from the DL

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_090311

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesSeptember3

Postgame Thoughts (September 2, 2011)

Turning two

Burlington 7, Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

  • TJ Mittelstaedt with his 12th home run of the season for the Rattlers  He hit it out just to the right of the batter’s eye in center.  That would be just over 403′ from home plate
  • I can’t believe that the blooper to right off the bat of Landaeta dropped in fair in the sixth.
  • Nelson made a pretty good pitch, but…ugh…That’s baseball
  • From there…it escalated
  • From a 2-1 lead for the Rattlers with two outs and none on in the top of the sixth to four straight hits and three runs for a 4-2 lead for the Bees.
  • Rafael Neda left the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.  He took a pitch or a foul tip off his throwing hand in the inning.  A couple of pitches later a runner tried a steal.  Neda’s throw skipped off the mound.
  • That is all the information I know.  We’ll see how this pans out over the final few games of the season.
  • The Rattlers offense had one hit after the fourth inning.
  • Now, we are on the bus ride up to Beloit with Bull Durham on the screens…which leads to these questions:
  • Why weren’t The Smithereens a bigger deal?  Is Bull Durham the only movie to use them in on the soundtrack?

Lineup & Game Notes for September 2, 2011

This would be a nice spot from which to broadcast.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Blake Hassebrock

Friday’s game notes: RattlersGameNotesSeptember2

Postgame Thoughts (September 1, 2011)

Nick Shaw's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning

Burlington 6, Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

  • One bad inning. The Burlington Bees had six runs on five four hits in the fourth inning.  They had had six runs on four hits for the entire game and beat the Rattlers 6-3.
  • It became four hits in the game after a leadoff infield single by Royce Consigli in the 4th was changed to an E-6 after the game.
  • The Bees didn’t have a runner go past first base in any inning…Except the fourth.
  • They were 4-for-5 with runners in scoring position in that one inning and the one out made with a runner in scoring position was a grounder that moved a runner from second to third to set up their final run.
  • Meanwhile, the Rattlers offense collected seven hits, drew two walk, got hit by two pitches, and had one other player reach on an error…and scored three runs.
  • Wisconsin was 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and one of those hits with RISP didn’t get a run home because Nino Leyja made a great stop to keep the ball from going into the outfield.
  • Baseball is a cruel game.
  • BUT, there were some bright spots tonight.
  • Reggie Keen made a little history tonight.
  • He stole his 40th base of the season when he swiped second in the 7th inning.  He becomes just the 5th Rattlers player to steal 40 or more bases in a season.  It’s happened six times (One player did it twice).
  • Those in the Rattlers 40 Club:
    Pedro Liriano (2001) – 65
    Ramon Valera (1998) – 52
    Ariel Durango (2000) – 49
    Ramon Valera (1999) – 42
    Jermaine Clark (1998)- 40
    Reggie Keen (2011) – 40…and counting
  • Congratulate @ReGGieReg21 when you get a chance!
  • Jason Rogers blasted a solo homer out to left-center tonight.  It was his sixth of the season in 61 games.
  • Again, I wonder where the Rattlers would be had he been healthy all year
  • Nick Shaw drew two more walks tonight and is now at 81 for the season.
  • If it were someone else, I would say that seven walks in the final four games would be impossible and that Shawn McCorkle’s #2 spot with 87 walks on that particular single season list would be safe.
  • But, Shaw has drawn five walks in a GAME this season.  What’s to say he can’t make it close down the stretch.
  • Plus, Brian Garman worked two perfect innings and struck out a pair.  His scoreless streak is at seven innings.
  • Garman since August 5: 16.2IP, 10H, 3R, 14K
  • Rattlers and Bees wrap the season series on Friday night.
  • Four games remain in the season.
  • Dang. Where did it go?

Lineup & Game Notes for September 1, 2011

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows at Community Field today....You don't even need one to tell you how HOT it is in Burlington, Iowa!

Thursday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
T.J. Mittelstaedt – 2B
Cody Hawn – DH
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Brandon Macias – 3B
Reggie Keen – CF
Joey Paciorek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Del Howell

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Jonathan Joseph

Thursday’s Transactions:
RHP Adrian Rosario has been sent to the New York Mets as one of the players to be named later in the July 12 trade that brought Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers from New York.

RHP Seth Lintz has been activated from the Timber Rattlers disabled list

Thursday’s Updated Roster:  Timber_Rattler_Roster_090111

Thursday’s Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotesSeptember1

Postgame Thoughts (August 31, 2011)

Home run #11 for Mittelstaedt

Bees 4, Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Brooks Hall reached 100 innings this season with his three innings tonight (100-1/3 to be exact)
  • Tough call on a play at the plate in the second inning.  If it goes the way the Rattlers saw it, Jason Rogers has an outfield assist and the game is 1-0 heading to the third.
  • But, it didn’t go the Rattlers way.
  • Dan Britt with three scoreless innings and Greg Holle with two scoreless innings out of the Rattlers bullpen.
  • For a team that is awful defensively (182 errors this season) Burlington made some slick plays tonight.
  • Both of the 4-6-3 double plays they turned in the game made me do a double take.
  • But, hey. They are going to the playoffs.
  • TJ Mittelstaedt appears to be finishing strong.
  • First, 13-for-27 during the just completed homestand to raise his average from .282 to .297.
  • Then, he goes 2-for-3 with a homer and a stolen base tonight.  He bumps his average up to .300 after this performance and matches his season high hitting streak of six games.
  • Not bad for a 44th round pick
  • Oh, AND the dirtbag stole his 28th base of the season.
  • This kind of snuck up on me.  Cody Hawn is now hitting .293 on the season.  He – like Mittelstaedt – is in the Top 10 in hitting for the Midwest League with five games left in the season.
  • Non-baseball but still minor league related note: The music guy in Burlington may have the most eclectic playlist in baseball.  This is one of the songs they play after games as fans leave Community Field:
  • I’ll need to keep track of their songs tomorrow night for the whole playlist so I can make a mix tape.
  • See, a mix tape is…
  • Oh,  tape is recording material that is stuck inside a cassette..
  • Cassettes are….
  • Oh, I’ll see you tomorrow.
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