Nine after 9 for April 28, 2012
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- By the way, Hopkins singled back in the second inning to move his hitting streak to eight games.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Another one that can be based off that one: Wisconsin has scored almost 32% of their runs in the first inning.
- 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).