Nine after nine for April 22, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Wisconsin 1
South Bend 2
10 innings
Game Story | Boxscore

Drew Gagnon extended his scoreless streak to 11-1/3 innings today.

  1. Baseball America’s write up on Drew Gagnon as the #23 prospect in the Brewers system: “Gagnon has good life on a 90-93 mph fastball that reaches 95 at times. He had issues in the past with his curveball and slider blending in a slurve, but he showed a quality79-82 mph curve in instructional league.  He also has an average changeup, though he’s still learning how to put hitters away with his secondary pitches.  Gagnon has good mound presence and likes to attack hitters with his fastball. The Brewers envision him [as] a workhorse who could fit in the No. 4 slot in the rotation.”
  2. This may be the most accurate thing I have ever read in a Baseball America writeup on a prospect. Gagnon went after guys today. He touched 95 once on the stadium radar that I saw and mixed in the breaking stuff very well.  Locations were good, too.
  3. Don’t let the 4 GO: 11FO ratio bother you today.  The wind was blowing in at about 20mph today, the wall is 14 feet high all around the Cove, it’s 336′ down the lines, and there have been five homers hit in 11 games at South Bend this season.  He knew the conditions and he attacked hitters.  A lot of the fly balls were actually popups on pitches which either fooled or jammed Silver Hawk batters.
  4. One last note on Gagnon.  He’s scheduled to pitch at Miller Park on Friday against Dayton.  Get your tickets – just $10, see him in person, and judge for yourself.
  5. Defense with three errors today – after they had committed two errors in the 11 games before today.  Let’s focus on that last error through The Win Probability Inquirer.  One out, runner at first bottom of the ninth, grounder to third is misplayed.  Instead of a game ending double play, the game continues.  I set the run environment at 4.0 as an average – and because I don’t know any better.  According to this, the Rattlers went from a 80.75% chance of winning before the error to a 68.33% chance of winning.  Toss in the hit batsman to the next batter and the Rattlers dipped from 68.33% to a 47.76% chance of winning.
  6. Sunday was game #17 of the season.  It was the fourth blown save of the year.
  7. Rafael Neda with a day in the life of a catcher.  Before the game he was running to first as part of his round of batting practice and a ground ball took a weird ricochet off the wheel of a screen in front of first.  The ball jumped up and got Neda in the side of the helmet.  In the ninth, the 230 pound Bobby Stone crashed into Neda to try and jar the ball loose and score the winning run.  Neda held on for the out.
  8. Max Walla with two more hits today.  He is 4-for-7 since collected his first hit on Saturday.
  9. Did you know…Carlos George is the team leader in RBI with 10? He is.

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