Nine after 9 for May 17, 2012

Burlington 8
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story


  1. Carlos Gomez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout tonight. He also made a real nice running catch on a Sean Jamieson fly ball in the fourth.  He left after seven innings – as planned.  Gomez should be ready to play nine tomorrow.
  2. Matt Miller‘s first inning: 31 pitches/16 strikes. Toss in a 12 pitch at bat against Dusty Robinson in the third inning and you’ll see how you can get to 70 pitches in three innings.
  3. I don’t know what it is about this matchup, but Matt Miller has made six starts against the Burlington Bees in his Timber Rattlers career.  He has allowed 26 runs (25 earned) on 42 hits with 10 walks and 25 strikeouts over 30 innings in those six starts against Burlington.  Miller is 0-6 with a 7.50ERA against the Bees.  Miller is 8-6 with a 3.74ERA in his other 24 appearances for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  That is just weird
  4. The first seven runs for the Bees (and all three runs for the Rattlers) scored after there were two outs.  A couple of pitches here or there and this game might still be going
  5. Michael Strong recorded nine strikeouts in four innings tonight.  This should not be surprising.  He struck out 13 in seven innings for Helena last year.
  6. Max Walla had three hits – two sharp singles and an infield single. Yadiel Rivera had two hits – a well struck line drive to left-center for a triple that drove in Walla and a flare into right field that put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh.
  7. Nick Ramirez with a little wall ball in the sixth inning for an opposite field double.  That makes it a seven game hitting streak for the former Cal-Stat Fullerton Titan.
  8. Here is a list of Brewers rovers, co-ordinators, and front office people who were here to see this game tonight: Dan O’Brien, Charlie Greene, Lee Tunnell, Reggie Williams, Bob Miscik, and Don Money.  I said it during the broadcast tonight and I will write it here: That is a lot of eyes on this club.
  9. I really don’t want to end on a down note again here, but this seems the best place to put this.  Kevin Hickey pitched for the Appleton Foxes in 1979 and again in 1984.  He was signed out of a White Sox tryout camp and never played high school baseball.  Hickey made the major leagues with the White Sox from 1981 to 1983 and the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1991.  Hickey had been a pregame instructor for the White Sox since 2004 and was loved by the players on that team.  Hickey died on Wednesday after being in a coma since opening day of this season.  Hickey was 56 and to find out more just click this link.  Then, hug someone close to you.

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