April 2012

Nine after 9 for April 30, 2012

FINAL
Bowling Green 2
Wisconsin 7
Boxscore
| Game Story

Things are looking up for the Rattlers. Get it? Looking up.

  1. I can’t take credit for this one, but it was pointed out to me that spots 6 (Rivera), 7 (McMahan), 8 (Roberts), and 9 (Dishon) drew six walks, had five hits, and scored five runs today.  Those four spots in the order were hitting .225, .170, .167, and .135 respectively heading into today’s game.
  2. During the seventh inning rally, Roberts didn’t chase the first two pitches and had a 2-0 count to work with when he got the single that put the Rattlers ahead in the seventh and it was good to see.   In the highlights, you will see Stang fight one off over the drawn in infield for his three-run double.  Dishon used a little LSU goal line play to make sure that third run scored. I’ll need to ask him if Les Miles taught that to the baseball team.  (Additionally, good work by the camera crew to catch this one.)
  3. The Rattlers ran into some tough luck on hit-and-run plays today.  In the second, Rivera lined out to first with Greg Hopkins running and it turned into a double play.  In the fifth, Rivera was running and Ben McMahan sent the ball back through the middle.  But the second baseman, who was heading over to cover second with Rivera covering, fielded the grounder, stepped on second and threw to first for another double play.
  4. Andy Moye had a hiccup in the fifth when he allowed two runs on three hits and committed an error, but in his other five innings he faced a total of 15 batters – the minimum.  Overall, a very nice outing.
  5. I’d like to know what pitching coach David Chavarria said to Jacob Barnes in the top of the eighth.  Here’s the situation, the Rattlers have just scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 6-2 lead.  But, Barnes just walked the first two batters in the top of the eighth.  Chavarria when out, said a few words, and Barnes retired the next three batters with a strikeout, a line out, and another strikeout.  Picked up the win, too.  We could all use a pep talk like that every once in a while.
  6. I missed the best defensive play of the year.  This is what happened:  Yadiel Rivera sent a hard grounder to third, the ball deflected to Juniel Querecuto at short.  Querecuto fielded the ball with his barehand and just got Rivera at first.  This is what I saw: Yadiel Rivera hard grounder to third, a dad put his eight year daughter on his shoulders right in front of the radio booth window, and Rivera walking back to the Timber Rattlers dugout.  Everyone is telling me that it was a great play.  This is the defensive play that’s going to wind up going on MiLB.TV highlights.  I know it.
  7. Walla Watch: 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  Tough day.
  8. The Bowling Green Hot Rods had the highest batting average in the Midwest League coming into this series.  They were at .271 going into yesterday.  Rattlers pitching held Bowling Green to 18-for-93 (.194) in the three game series to knock them down to a team batting average of .263.
  9. Off day tomorrow and a well-earned off day.  The Rattlers head into it tied for first place in the West.  Then, there is a three game series at Clinton, a team that is 10-14 heading into tonight’s game.  It’s never easy in Clinton, but things are definitely looking up for the Rattlers.

Lineup & Game Notes for April 30, 2012

The tarp is off the field and the ushers are working on drying the seats. PLAY BALL!

Today’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang CF
Brandon Macias 3B
Max Walla RF
Jason Rogers 1B
Greg Hopkins 2B
Yadiel Rivera SS
Ben McMahan DH
Tyler Roberts C
John Dishon LF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
Andy Moye

Hot Rods Starting Pitcher:
Roberto Gomez

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesApril302012

Hot Rods Game Notes:
Hot Rods Game Notes 043012

Today’s Game is available on AM1280, WNAM or through their internet feed.  If you are an MiLB.TV subscriber, you can watch today’s game there, too.

Nine after 9 for April 29, 2012

FINAL
Bowling Green 2
Wisconsin 5
Boxscore | Game Story

The final play of Sunday's game, a 6-4-3 double play.

  1. Gorforth with a no-decision, but still an impressive outing.  He made his longest professional start (6IP) did not walk a batter and allowed two runs (one earned).  He made 68 pitches and 50 were strikes.  When I saw velocity, he was 92-93 with a couple of 95′s in there.  It seemed like he threw a lot more offspeed stuff today.  If you look at his GO:AO it was 8:2.  That’s a lot of grounders, but how did he get the other eight outs.  Well, one was a pickoff (on a really great move, by the way).  The other seven…SEVEN…were popups. Goforth jammed a couple of those and had the others on fooled on the offspeed for P4, FF3, FF3, P6, FF2, P6, P5.  Everyone likes to see the incredible…100 mph ball…throwing guy, but everyone loves to see the results that Goforth had today.
  2. How close was Goforth to a scoreless outing?  This close:  Taylor Motter stole third with two outs in the second.  Matt Rice’s grounder back to the mound deflected off Goforth’s glove and trickled behind the mound.  Rice beat the throw to first and Motter scored.  In the sixth, Ryan Brett was at third with one out and knocked the ball out of Rafael Neda’s mitt to score an unearned run.
  3. Chadwin Stang tried to bunt his way on in the sixth to get aboard.  He bunted foul.  Then, he took a ball. Then, he took one over the left field fence to tie the game 2-2.  Stang will bunt for a hit at some point this year.  But, he put a charge into that homer. Check it out in the highlights.
  4. Neda got a little payback to start the bottom of the eighth with a double off the wall.  Neda had two hits today – his second multi hit game of the season.  Neda may be hitting .143, but he has been hitting the ball hard and running into some bad luck – at-’em balls or spectacular plays.  But, the hits will start to fall.
  5. Before continuing on with the rest of the game winning rally: Yadiel Rivera went 0-for-3 today.  He is on another tough stretch as he is 0-for-6 in the series and 1-for-17 on the homestand.  He went through a slide like this back in West Michigan series and took a seat for the first game of the South Bend series.  Let’s see if he gets a day off tomorrow before the scheduled off day on Tuesday to get back on track.
  6. Back to the rally: Ben McMahan tried to bunt twice with pinch runner John Dishon at second base in the eighth.  He singled through the middle and – you won’t see this on the highlights, but I saw it live – Stang was directing Dishon not only that he needed to slide, but also where to slide.  Dishon just beat the tag with the dive to the right part of the plate.  It was nice teamwork that doesn’t show up in the boxscore, but gets noticed.
  7. You may have noticed that the plays at the plate are close.  Not by accident.  Bowling Green’s outfield has plenty of great arms and they have 15 assists already this season…FIFTEEN.
  8. Walla Watch: 1-for-3, RBI, IW, RUN and interference that cost Greg Hopkins a chance to extend his hitting streak to nine games.  Watch the highlight on the Jason Rogers two-run double.  That couldn’t be more interferency…interferency? Yes, I am going with interferency.  Rogers was ruled out on the play for the third out and Hopkins was left in the on deck circle with an 0-for-3.
  9. Chad Pierce joined Goforth with a very nice bounce back outing.  Pierce was around 91-92, hit his spots and struck out four.  Plus, that 6-4-3 double play to end the game could not have been more perfect. Watch it on the highlights.

Lineup & Game Notes for April 29, 2012

It is another GREAT day for Timber Rattlers baseball!

Today’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Jason Rogers – DH
Greg Hopkins – 1B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Carlos George – 2B
Rafael Neda – C
Ben McMahan – LF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Hot Rods Starting Pitcher:
Ryan Carpenter

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesApril292012

ADDED (11:11am):
Hot Rods Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesApril292012

Today’s game is available on AM1280, WNAM or their internet feed.  The game is also available to subscribers of MiLB.TV.

Nine after 9 for April 28, 2012

FINAL
Bowling Green 6
Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Game Story

 

I just thought that this was a cool picture with the blur of the ball heading to the plate.

  1. Q.) How do you turn a double play on a pop up on the infield?  A.) With a heck of fake by someone.  Mark Williams was trying to pitch out of a first and third with no outs situation in the top of the first inning.  He got a strikeout for the first out.  The runner at first – Drew Vettleson – took off on a 1-1 pitch and Jeff Malm popped the ball up near second base.  Someone bluffed Vettleson into thinking that the ball went to the outfield and ran to second, but stopped when he noticed that the runner at third was still standing on the base.  It took him a second to realize what was happening, but he charged back to first. By that time, Greg Hopkins had caught the ball and fired to first for the double play.
  2. Mark Williams definitely deserved a better fate tonight.  He retired ten in a row at on time.  His velocity was around 88-89, but he spotted the ball and mixed speeds well.  However, the defense that helped him get out of the first and second innings with double plays, let him down in the seventh.
  3. Before we get to that, let’s take a look at the best scoring opportunity of the night for Wisconsin.  Bases loaded, one out, Greg Hopkins at the plate.  Fly ball to center.  Vettelson made up for his base running miscue by throwing home and beating Walla beat ten feet.  Walla’s only chance was to try to knock the ball loose.  It was a good, clean collision, but Alejandro Segovia held on for the out.  The Rattlers did not get another runner to third until the ninth inning.
  4. By the way, Hopkins singled back in the second inning to move his hitting streak to eight games.
  5. Williams pitched 6-1/3 innings without allowing a run on Saturday.  When you add the performance by Matt Miller (6IP) and Drew Gagnon (8IP) to the scoreless innings from William, Rattlers starting pitching went 20-1/3 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
  6. It should have been at least 20-2/3.  An uncharacteristic error by Yadiel Rivera allowed Todd Glaesmann to reach in the seventh.  First he bobbled an easy grounder.  Then, he rushed a throw against a slower runner.  The next batter lined a ball down the right field line and Walla gambled to make a diving catch.  He lost the gamble and the RBI triple knocked Williams out of the game.  Tyler Cravy came in and gave up an RBI double to let Williams run score.  Williams with a quality start, but a loss.
  7. Here is a Jayson Stark/Tim Kurkjian type stat that you can take for what it’s worth.  The Rattlers have outscored opponents 26-5 in the first inning.  They have been outscored 84-56 in all other innings.
  8. Another one that can be based off that one: Wisconsin has scored almost 32% of their runs in the first inning.
  9. In the first ten games of the season, Rattlers catchers were 4-for-24 (.167) in attempting to throw out opposing base runners on stolen base attempts.  In the last 13 games, they have thrown out 8 of 20 would-be thieves (.400).

Lineup & Game Notes for April 28, 2012

Rafael Neda (on the left) says, "Hello!"

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Jason Rogers – 1B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Carlos George – DH
Rafael Neda – C
John Dishon – LF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
Mark Williams

Hot Rods Starting Pitcher:
Trevor Shull

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesApril282012

Hot Rods Game Notes:
Hot Rods Game Notes 042812

Tonight’s game is available on AM1280, WNAM and on their internet feed.  Tonight’s game is also available on MiLB.TV.

Nine after 9 for April 27, 2012 (Miller Park)

FINAL
Dayton 0
Rattlers 3
Boxscore
Wisconsin Game Story

Gotta elevate to celebrate. Pretty sure that is Macias and Hopkins in the center of the diamond.

  1. Drew Gagnon.  Dude. Seriously. He went eight innings on 87 pitches with 62 strikes.  The Dragons helped out a bit with an aggressive approach at the plate. But, when he needed to make the pitch, Gagnon did it.  I have been waiting for MiLB.com to post their story with quotes from Gagnon, but they haven’t put it up yet.  Check MiLB.com later. Or @MiLB on Twitter.
  2. I thought that he may come out for the ninth and I started to look for the last 9-inning complete game shutout by a Rattlers pitcher.  Then, Tommy Toledo relieved – with a perfect ninth inning for the save I will add – and I didn’t need to use that note at the time.  So, I’ll use it here.  The last Rattlers pitcher with a 9-inning complete game shutout: Tyler Thornburg on May 29, 2011 at Kane County in a 2-0 win
  3. Before the game today, I taped an interview with pitching coach David Chavarria for Timber Rattlers Field Pass on Sports32.  We focused a bit on Gagnon. David went into a bit of detail on how Gagnon has an idea of how to pitch and what that means.  It comes down to Gagnon knows what he wants to do, makes a plan, and goes about executing that plan.
  4. For example: In the fourth inning, the Dragons had runners on the corners with one out.  Gagnon was protecting a 3-0 lead and needed a grounder to get out of the inning.  He made the pitch he needed to get the grounder to the mound for a 1-6-3 double play.  To stay on that point, I can’t tell you how many times over the years I have seen that same situation, but instead of going for the double play, the pitcher throws home to get that runner instead of trusting himself to turn the twin killing.
  5. List of Timber Rattlers to homer at Miller Park: Brock Kjeldgaard (2009); Greg Hopkins (2011), and Max Walla (2012).
  6. Walla Watch: 2-for-3 HR, BB, 2B. I taped an interview with Walla for Field Pass before the game, too.  We talked about his homer in the Rising Stars game last year and how big a highlight that was for him.  I think the three-run homer in the first inning tonight may have passed that one. He absolutely crushed a pitch in and yanked it way out to right.  No doubt about it.
  7. When I asked Walla for a highlight of his brief time with the Timber Rattlers, he didn’t pick one of his own,  He said that the big highlight since he joined the team was the Greg Hopkins walkoff homer against Dayton on Wednesday. I thought that was kind of neat.
  8. Speaking of Greg Hopkins, two more hits for him tonight. 
  9. A lot of work goes into moving the game to Miller Park, but it is always worth it.  I can honestly say that the players enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to play at the big leagues home of the Brewers.  We hope that everyone who came out tonight, had a great time and that you get a chance to see the team play up in Grand Chute this season.  You may want to pick a day that Gagnon is pitching, too.

Lineup & Game Notes for April 27, 2012 (Miller Park Game)

Yadiel Rivera (13) is a little excited for this game tonight. Click for a bigger image.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Jason Rogers – DH
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Greg Hopkins – 1B
Carlos George – 2B
Rafael Neda – C
John Dishon – LF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
Drew Gagnon

Dragons Starting Pitcher:
Radhames Quezada

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesApril272012

Dragons Game Notes:
Dayton042712GameNotes

There are many ways to follow tonight’s game:
In Person: Right here at Miller Park. Tickets are just $10!
Audio: AM1280, WNAM or their internet feed
Cable: Broadcast to Time Warner Cable Subscribers on Sports32
Internet: Free Preview of MiLB.TV.

Let’s go, Rattlers!

Nine after 9 for April 26, 2012

FINAL – 10 innings
Dayton 3
Rattlers 1
Game Story | Boxscore

Dang.

  1. Matt Miller…That’s you! That’s how you pitch! Miller was nasty tonight. He jammed guys, broke bats, and – most importantly – threw strikes. One of his four strikeouts is in the highlights at the bottom of the post.  Watch how the pitch freezes the hitter. Listen to how it freezes the announcer.
  2. Speaking of the highlights, watch Greg Hopkins Matrix slide into second base on his stolen base.  As Keanu Reeves says, “Whoa.”
  3. There was a fortunate bounce or two in the outing though.  Most notably Danny Vicioso on a leadoff single in the fifth.  He lined a pitch deep to left and hit high off the wall.  The ball came right to Ben McMahan and the left fielder threw Vicioso out at second by a country mile.  Vicioso was robbed again in the seventh as Stephen Peterson made a nice play with a glove hand flip to Jason Rogers at first on an attempted bunt single
  4. Peterson made an interesting play on Jefry Sierra’s bunt attempt in the eighth…It sure as heck looked like he tried to kick it to Jason Rogers… It really did.
  5. The Rattlers offense didn’t have a hit after Yadiel Rivera’s one out double in the fourth ….hold on a second….let me check that…The Rattlers offense didn’t have a base runner after Yadiel Rivera’s one out double in the fourth.  Dayton pitching retired the last 20 Rattlers hitters they faced.
  6. This entry is to add context to the next entry.  In the bottom of the first inning, Max Walla appeared to go around on a two strike count, but was ruled to have checked his swing to run the count to 2-2.  Justice French would retire Walla on a grounder to second.  Even though he had to make a couple extra pitches (in the mind of the Dragons) he retired Walla.
  7. In the top of the ninth, Ryan Wright was at the plate with a 2-2 count against Seth Harvey.  Harvey threw a pitch that Wright watched go into the mitt of Tyler Roberts.  Wright put his head down and started to walk to the Dayton dugout, thinking that he had struck out to start the inning.  He was called back to the plate because it was ruled a ball. It was not ball four, it was ball three.  There was still a chance to retire him, but Wright singled.  That was how the rally to tie the game began.
  8. Then, Harvey struck out the next batter looking on a 3-2 pitch, but Wright stole second without a throw, a grounder to the right side moved him to third with two out.  Harvey made a great pitch on Vicioso, but this ball dropped in just fair and out of the reach of a diving Jason Rogers in short right to tie the game.  The two run rally in the tenth featured maybe one ball that was hit hard.
  9. Miller Park on Friday night.  Game time at 7:05pm.  See you there.

 

Lineup & Game Notes for April 26, 2012

For the reason there is no plexiglass here, click the highlight below the game notes.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Max Walla – RF
Chadwin Stang – CF
Jason Rogers – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Brandon Macias – DH
Ben McMahan – LF
Tyler Roberts – C
Adrian Williams – 2B

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Dragons Starting Pitcher:
Justice French

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesApril262012

Dragons Game Notes:
Dayton042612GameNotes

Chadwin Stang owes the Rattlers some material.  And keep your eye on the guy in the blue jacket.  :


Calmest one handed grab of a one hop foul ball ever….EVER!

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