Nine after 9 for June 6, 2012
- David Goforth’s night: 5IP, H, 3BB, 3K. I like the way he mixed things up tonight. His breaking stuff was working and his fastball topped out at 95. I think that the first time through the order may have been the best that he has pitched all season long. He stumbled a bit in the fifth, but it was a very nice performance by Goforth.
- Chad Pierce cruised through the first four batters. Then…Jabari Blash…wow. That home run was hit over the batter’s eye beyond the boardwalk. I couldn’t believe how far that thing went.
- Still, Pierce struck out six over four innings and topped out at 93.
- One last pitching thing to point out for you. The one hit that Goforth gave up came with one out in the fifth inning. That hit, a double by Ramon Morla was the first hit the Rattlers gave up to a Clinton batter in 20 innings. The last hit by a LumberKing against a Rattler was a one out single in the third inning on May 3 in Clinton. Wisconsin pitchers didn’t give up a hit over the last 5-2/3 innings of that game, all nine innings of the no-hitter on May 4, and the first 4-1/3 innings of Wednesday’s game. Clinton is
- Jason Rogers appeared happy to be home. He had two more hits and three more RBI. In four games against Clinton, Rattlers pitchers have held the LumberKings to a team batting average of .130.
- Carlos George absolutely stole a run in the fourth inning. He took first on a dropped third strike. He got a good read on a pitch in the dirt and stole second. Then, he noticed that starting pitcher Jordan Shipers lost track of him. You’ll see the play in the highlights. Shipers, a left hander, had to spin and throw to third and the throw was off target. George could have walked home to score the run.
- The one play that I wish had made the highlights tonight was the 4-6-3 double play in the top of the eighth. It was picture perfect. Greg Hopkins fielded the ball as he was going towards the second base bag. Instead of stepping on the bag and trying to throw to first, he lightly shoveled the ball to Yadiel Rivera. The Rattlers shortstop caught the ball, tapped the bag with his foot, and made a strong throw to first to complete the play. It was pretty.
- The Timber Rattlers crowd gave a round of applause to Steve Baron after the LumberKings catcher got up after being run over by John Dishon in the third inning. Dishon tried scoring from third on a grounder to short and tried to jar the ball out of Baron’s glove. I don’t know how the ball stayed in there, because Baron was knocked to the ground and landed with the pocket side of the glove facing the sky. Somehow, the ball didn’t come out and Dishon was out. Baron stayed down for a couple of minutes, but got up, got a hand from the crowd and stayed in the game.
- Beloit lost on Wednesday. They were shutout in Burlington 5-0. Wisconsin’s lead in the Western Division is three games. Kane County beat Quad Cities 4-3. Wisconsin’s lead over KC for the Wild Card Spot is six games. There are eleven games left in the half. Getting closer. Much, closer.