Nine after 9 for May 13, 2012

Rattlers 4
Cougars 5
Boxscore | Game Story

So close.

  1. Drew Gagnon was up in the strike zone a couple of times today and it hurt him.  Dean Espy’s RBI double in the second and the two run homer by Lane Adams in the fifth in particular were pitches up in the zone that got him into trouble.
  2. His most impressive job today was after the trouble started in the third inning.  First the trouble: The Cougars had runners at first and third with no outs and Gagnon got a hot one hopper back to him off the bat of Jorge Bonifacio.  Gagnon turned and threw wildly to second.  (Aside: The ball glanced off Yadiel Rivera‘s glove but the error should have gone to Gagnon.  I had it as an E-1 in my book and it may be changed after the game)  That led to the tying run scoring and runners still being on first and third with no outs.
  3. Now, the escape: Shallow fly to center, Bonifacio takes off on a pitch in the dirt and was out at second (this was called a caught stealing in the boxscore), and a pitch that froze Michael Antonio on a 3-2 pitch for strike three.
  4. On the offensive side, the only inning in which the Rattlers went down in order was in the first inning.  The offense had a lot of chances today, but… 2-for-13 with RISP.
  5. John Dishon with three hits, including two doubles, today in the #9 spot in the order.
  6. Chadwin Stang in the leadoff spot had three hits, a run, a stolen base, and two RBI.  But, there was one miscue on the bases.  In the seventh, with the Rattlers down 5-2, Dishon was on third and Stang blooped a hit to shallow right.  Dishon scored to make it 5-3.  Stang motored for second and the throw got by the shortstop and into left field – just beyond the infield dirt behind third. Stang got up and took off for third.  However, Kane County third baseman Danny Mateo played the angle and backed up the throw to second.  The ball rolled right to him.  All he had to do was run a little bit to get in front of the bag.  He intercepted Stang about 15 feet from third for a big second out of the inning.
  7. Nick Ramirez should have had three hits on Sunday.  But, left fielder Tim Ferguson had other ideas.  Ferguson came in on a sinking line drive in the second inning for the first web gem.  In the third, with one on and two outs and the Rattlers up 2-1, Ferguson came out of nowhere to make a diving catch on a pop fly to medium left-center that looked like it would drop for sure.  Ramirez with a twitter, tip o’ the cap to Ferguson.
  8. A Nine after 9 tip o’ the cap to Michael Strong.  In his second outing since joining the Rattlers, he worked three more scoreless innings, walked one, and allowed a hit.  In two games with Wisconsin, the lefty has pitched six scoreless innings, allowed two hits, and walked four.
  9. How close were the Rattlers to tying the game in the ninth? That picture up top is of the one of three foul balls by Jason Rogers on a two strike count against Kane County closer Nick Graffeo.  This one was either just before or just after Rogers lined a low changeup to left field.  Rogers did a good job holding back to get good wood on the ball on the ball, but the ball just hooked foul.  Almost.  Almost. Get ‘em tomorrow.

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