June 2012

Lineup and Game Notes for June 30, 2012

Base running drills.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – LF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Ben McMahan – DH
Max Walla – RF
Rafael Neda – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Mark Williams

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Zach Cates

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune302012

Peoria Chiefs Game Notes:
PeoriaJune30GameNotes

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (subscribers)

Highlights for June 29, 2012

Peoria 7
Rattlers 8

Boxscore
Game story

Lineup and Game Notes for June 29, 2012

Not a bad view.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Lance Roenicke – DH
Chadwin Stang – RF
Mitch Haniger – CF
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Ben McMahan – LF
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Rafael Neda – C
Carlos George – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Michael Jensen

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune292012

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm first pitch):
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Highlights for June 28, 2012

I owed Peoria announcer Nathan Baliva a beer – you know, since Peoria helped out at the end of the first half by taking care of Kane County – after tonight’s game.

Nine after 9 will be along tomorrow.

For now, enjoy the highlights:

Lineup & Game Notes for June 28, 2012

I know. It’s usually a baseball shot, but I am bound by blogger law to post a picture of a Chicken Van.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Lance Roenicke – LF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Ben McMahan – RF
Cameron Garfield – C
Tyler Roberts – DH
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Pierce

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Gerardo Concepcion

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune282012

Peoria Game Notes:
PeoriaJune28GameNotes

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (subscribers)
Cable: Sports 32 (Time Warner Cable subscribers)

Oh, one more:

This one has a little baseball in it.

Nine after 9 for June 27, 2012

River Bandits 5
Timber Rattlers 6
Boxscore | Game Story

No doubt about it.

  1. Matt Miller is above .500.  If you use the win metric, he is 6-5 and has won three of his last four starts.  But, 109 pitches in five innings.  Whoa.  The 68 strikes were nice and only two walks were even better.
  2. That second inning was something else.  Ten men bat, six score, and two key two-out, two-run singles.
  3. Cameron Garfield is finding his way.   Three more hits tonight, including that RBI double in the second.  It’s only been 18 games, but he is hitting .321 (18-for-57) with six doubles.  Very nice.
  4. A word about Juan Castillo, the catcher for the River Bandits.  I have seen him be a very good defensive catcher against the Rattlers.  Tonight, he was charged with four passed balls.  I thought that had to be an outlier.  But, it’s not.  He now has 14 passed balls this season.  He is throwing out almost 40% of would-be base stealers, but 14 passed balls. Wow.  And the passed ball on the strike three in the second inning allowed the Rattlers to keep batting and …well…more on that in a minute.
  5. Garfield wasn’t the only Rattler with three hits tonight.  Lance Roenicke had three, including the two-run single in the second inning.  You may want to check the Post-Crescent Sports section in the morning.  Mike Woods got a quote from Lance’s dad, who was tuned in on the radio for the first hit and got to the ballpark to see the next two hits.  Lance’s dad, you know, Ron Roenicke.
  6. How nice was it to see the Rattlers make an opponent pay for a mistake.  That’s something that has often been missing over the last several years.  The opponent makes a mistake and leaves the door wide open for the Rattlers…only to have Wisconsin trip on the threshold.  Mitch Haniger made the River Bandits pay for that dropped third strike and delivered his second hit of the second inning, a two-run single to make it 6-0.  Plus, you know, doing that to the Cardinals is a bonus.
  7. One concern that Dusty Rhodes has about this Rattlers team is those offensive droughts after getting early runs.  Useless math time…Divide the game into thirds.  In innings one through three, Wisconsin has scored 140 runs.  In innings four through six, Wisconsin has scored 105.  In innings seven through nine, Wisconsin has scored 87.  Make of that what you will.
  8. Tyler Cravy‘s June: 12IP, 10H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 17Ks
  9. Tommy Toledo must have wanted a challenge tonight.  Here’s the tying run at second with one out and Colin Walsh & Anthony Garcia due to bat.  Walsh & Garcia had each homered earlier in the game.  No worries.  Grounder to short and grounder to third. Ballgame.  Two saves in two appearances for Toledo in the second half.  By the way, tonight was the first time this season Toledo pitched two straight days.

Highlights!

Lineup and Game Notes for June 27, 2012

Rafael Neda just wants to say, “Hello!”

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – DH
Lance Roenicke – LF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Cameron Garfield – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Max Walla – RF
Carlos George – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Tyrell Jenkins

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune272012

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
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Nine after 9 for June 26, 2012

River Bandits 2
Timber Rattlers 3
Boxscore | Game Story

 

This is how a losing streak ends.

  1. Three cheers for Chad Thompson.   He was into the low 90s with his fastball and his off-speed stuff was working well.  Control was good, too.  Eight strikeouts is a new professional high.  Really nice outing for him on Tuesday.
  2. Jacob Barnes with a solid two innings out of the bullpen and he was also in the low 90s.  Tonight was his first work in two weeks.  He did a nice job to get out of a mini jam after an error and a single with one out in the seventh and ramped up the velocity a bit in the eighth inning.
  3. Offensively, I’m sure you would like to see more than two runs score after the bases were loaded with no outs and back-to-back four-pitch walks.  But, hey…two more first inning runs and the Rattlers have outscored opponents 55-27 in the first inning this season.
  4. In the bottom of the sixth inning, I was saying on the air that Max Walla was due for a big hit.  He came through with a grounder through the left side to score Ben McMahan with what turned out to be a pretty important insurance run.
  5. Chadwin Stang extended his hitting streak to four games and is 6-for-14 during the streak to move his average up over .250 to .252.
  6. Defense was sweet again for the Rattlers.  There are some nice highlights. Make sure to watch them.
  7. Watch for the double play in the ninth inning.  Is the Cardinal way turning off towards right-center?  For Cardinal fans who may read this point…that was a joke.  Settle down.
  8. Sometimes you need a little luck and Tommy Toledo was lucky that the line drive Roberto De La Cruz hit to left wasn’t about two feet higher.  It hit about two feet from the top of the 16′ high wall for a single…instead of a three-run home run.
  9. Also, I was surprised that the River Bandits pinch ran Virgil Hill for De La Cruz in the ninth instead of having him pinch hit for Neal Pritchard in the ninth.  Pritchard was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Hill had hit a walk0ff homer against the Rattlers on June 17.  Both were around .200 coming into the game, but Hill may have given them their best shot against Toledo.  But, in the end, Toledo finished off the game with a strikeout and the losing streak is over.

Lineup and Game Notes for June 26, 2012

Do you think there are any future Rattlers participating in this camp?

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – LF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Ben McMahan – DH
Cameron Garfield – C
Max Walla – RF
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Thompson

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Willy Paulino

Timber Rattlers Roster Move:
RHP Drew Gagnon transferred to Brevard County (Florida State League)

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster:
Timber_Rattlers_Roster_062612

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune262012

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
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Nine after 9 for June 25, 2012

River Bandits 4
Timber Rattlers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  1. Take a look at the highlights.  Those are some nice defensive plays in there.
  2. You will also notice that both of the triples by Chadwin Stang and Yadiel Rivera went to the opposite field.  Both were line drives.
  3. By the way, Stang now with a three game hitting streak (5-for-10).
  4. Ben McMahan got robbed twice on Monday night.  Luis Mateo speared a line drive up the middle with a back handed catch in the fifth.  Virgil Hill made a leaping catch against the centerfield wall in the seventh.
  5. Mitch Haniger got to show off his arm a little bit on Monday.  He hosed Anth0ny Garcia at the plate in the fourth inning.  Haniger plays a shallow center and it paid off for him when he came in on the single by David Medina  and threw a strike to the plate in the fourth.  Haniger also singled in the ninth and scored.  He has a three game hitting streak, too.
  6. Mark Williams was fine through four innings and allowed just one run.  But, the back-to-back walks to a pair of .190 hitters in the fifth seemed to throw him off a bit.  Then, Matt Williams hit his home run and – the way that Dail Villanueva was pitching on Monday – that was more than enough.
  7. Nice work by Kevin Shackelford and Stephen Peterson out of the bullpen.  They retired the final 13 River Bandits in a row with four strikeouts.  Watch for the innings for the relievers to go up a bit in the second half as the number of tandems start to go down.  The bullpen will be a key in the second half for the Rattlers.
  8. If you saw the Rattlers lineup on Monday, you noticed that all of the players were right-handed hitters to face the left-handed Villanueva.  Heading into Monday’s game, the nine Rattlers in the lineup were a combined 123-for-418 (.294) against lefties.  Heading into Monday’s game, right-handed hitters had an average of .284 against Villanueva.  In Monday’s game, Wisconsin managed three hits in 24 at bats against Villanueva.  Sometimes I really hate baseball.
  9. There’s another game tomorrow. That’s what I really love about baseball.
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