Nine after 9 for May 11, 2012

River Bandits 4
Timber Rattlers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Two homer High Five!

  1. As the great Mel Allen used to say, “How about that?”
  2. Let’s start with Andy Moye. He pitched as a starter on Monday in game one of the doubleheader against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  He went five shutout innings, allowed three hits, walked none, and struck out three on Monday.  He came back on three days rest as a reliever on Friday and the results: no runs on one hit with seven strikeouts over five innings.  Moye was the winning pitcher in both games.  Should I start working on the Pitcher of the Week press release now?
  3. The reason he was able to go five innings on Friday after working five innings on Monday was the low pitch count.  On Monday: 54 pitches/36 strikes.  On Friday: 55 pitches/42 strikes. What’s the phrase? Pounding the strike zone?
  4. Last note: In the highlights watch the final two strikeouts. The first strike three was 91 up and a away.  The second strike three a breaking ball that caught the outside corner at the knees.  That is how Moye has pitched all season.
  5. Jacob Barnes did what he needed to do in his first professional start.  He worked four innings and battled a bit.  Best part. after the second pitch he threw in the game was hit to the QC bullpen. He didn’t let it phase him.  Right back in there and going after guys.  Barnes had walked 10 and struck out five in his first 15-2/3 innings this season.  Tonight, he walked one and struck out five in four innings.  Keep that ratio up and good things will happen for Barnes and the Rattlers.
  6. That look Dick Enberg has on his face in the clip that is linked in #1 is probably the look on the face of the people on the boardwalk behind the batter’s eye and bullpen in the bottom of the second inning.  Yadiel Rivera and Tyler Roberts took target practice on the boardwalk on consecutive pitches.  Watch the highlights below and see where those things land…or in the case of Roberts…look at where that thing hits off the hitting background.  Wind blowing out or not that is still impressive.
  7. Impressive or not, the Rattlers still trailed 4-3 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning after a Quad Cities rally.  Chadwin Stang and Max Walla were patient on 3-1 pitches during consecutive plate appearances and drew walks to set up RBI leader Jason Rogers.  Rogers delivered a line drive that ate up Garcia and got the run home.  That’s 25 RBI for Rogers.
  8. Roberts got another chance in the bottom of the seventh and the 1-1 pitch low and Country sent a high towering shot to left that cleared the wall.  Roberts has struggled a lot at the plate – and behind the plate – this season.  But, tonight he did a really nice job.  He blocked balls in the dirt. Called a good game and hit a couple of homers.  This was one of his best all around games and let’s see if that jump starts him.
  9. It was in the game notes today, but I’ll update Rattlers records after 35 games since 2009 – 14-21; 2010 – 11-24; 2011 – 18-17; 2011 – 22-13. Keep going, Rattlers.  Keep going.      

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