Nine after 9 for April 30, 2012

Bowling Green 2
Wisconsin 7
| 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.

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