Nine after 9 for May 16, 2012

Burlington 4
Wisconsin 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Raise both your arms if you had the winning hit tonight? Photo Credit/Ann Mollica, who took a way better picture than the one that I was going to use.

  1. First things first.  Carlos Gomez was 0-for-3 with a run scored.  He was not running all out, but he is still working himself up to that.  Watch the highlight for him to score on the sacrifice fly in the first inning.  A good throw would have got him, but the main thing is that he made it through his five innings without incident.  Plus, he made a couple of nice catches in the first inning.
  2. Ben McMahan just wrapped up going 6-for-15 in a series at Kane County.  He blasted that home run in the fourth and went 2-for-4 on night.  He has bumped his season average up to .308 and is now eighth in the league in hitting.  McMahan hit .200with three doubles in April.  McMahan is hitting .404 with five doubles, three triples, and two homers in May.
  3. Jason Rogers just keeps on doing what he’s doing.  He absolutely killed that home run. No doubt.  But, the plate appearance that impressed me was in the tenth.  Situation: Winning run at second with one out.  Opponent Strategy: Nibble and get Rogers to chase a bad pitch out of the zone.  Last year, Rogers may have chased pitches out of the strike zone and either struck out or made an out that didn’t move the runner. This year, Rogers didn’t take his bat off his shoulder and took the walk.  Not as exciting for the fans at the game, but definitely exciting for player development.
  4. Andy Moye ran his scoreless streak to 17-2/3 innings until he allowed a two-out solo homer in the sixth.  He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.  In his 37-1/3 innings with the Rattlers, Moye’s K:BB ratio is 33:8 and tonight was his last game with the Rattlers.  Twitter announced that Moye is headed to Brevard County.  There has been no corresponding move to fill the Rattlers roster.  I am guessing that Jacob Barnes is due to come off the DL, but don’t quote me on this.  We’ll see what the move is in the morning.
  5. Dueling diving catches in the eighth and ninth innings.  Bobby Crocker made an incredible diving catch to rob McMahan of a triple in the bottom of the eighth.  Then, Max Walla topped that catch with the play in the top of the ninth. Just look at it near the end of the highlights.
  6. FLASHBACK:  Tommy Toledo is pitching in the bottom of the ninth inning at Kane County on May 12.  The winning run is at second with a tie game and one out.  Toledo intentionally walks a batter to set up a double play.  The next batter grounds into an inning ending double play.  WEDNESDAY: Tommy Toledo is pitching in the top of the tenth inning with the score tied and one out and runners on second and third.  Toledo intentionally walks a batter to load the bases.  The next batter grounds into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
  7. Max Walla came on defensively in the top of the sixth for Carlos Gomez – Chadwin Stang moved to center and Walla took over in right.  Walla’s double in the bottom of the tenth was hit very well. I heard it smack off the padding on the sign underneath the chain link by the Rattlers bullpen.
  8. I am moving Nick Ramirez from the heating up column to the hot column.  He put the game winning hit off the wall in left on one hop. That opposite field game-winner gave him a six game hitting streak.  Key words: Opposite Field
  9. It was a really emotional night in the ballpark for the folks in the font office.  Brock Calmes has worked at the ballpark as a concessions hawker since 1998.  He was 28 and he died on Monday.  We found out about it in the staff meeting today and it silenced everyone.  Brock is a popular person around the stadium.  Even if all you have done is listen to the games on the radio or internet, you’ll know Brock: PEEEEAAAAAANNUTTTTS!!!!  POPCOOOOOORRRRNNNN!  COTTON CANDYLICORICEROPE!  The team held a moment of silence for Brock before the National Anthem tonight and ended it by playing his call one more time and a shot of his parents on the video board.  It was heartbreaking.  I will need to ask the production crew if they saved that for posterity because if you heard the silence and the reaction you would know how we all feel tonight.  Minor league baseball is more than a business.  If you come out to enough games, it becomes a part of you.  You start calling the ballpark home and the people you work with family and it doesn’t feel weird at all.  And it’s not just the people who work here, head over here and look at the comments from the people who came out to the games on the Rattlers facebook page.  The fans loved Brock and he loved interacting with them. My boss said it best“He was a great young man with a big, caring heart and he was taken from us all too soon. The big guy will be missed.” Amen.

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