Nine after 9 for June 9, 2012

Beloit 0
Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Popped him up!

  1. That picture is prospect v. prospect.  Drew Gagnon v. Miguel Sano in the sixth inning.  Two runners on base. Two outs.  The Timber Rattlers are up 3-0. If I had clicked that picture just a fraction of a second later, you would have seen Gagnon turn and point straight up.  The ball was up there a long time and shortstop Adrian Williams parked underneath it for the final out of the inning.
  2. Gagnon had everything working tonight and by working, I mean everything was going for strikes.  Plus, to get out of a jam in the second inning he got two grounders to stop the Snappers.  Plus, no walks and eight strikeouts.  Very nice.
  3. Gagnon did take a grounder off the chest in the 7th inning and came out of the game before throwing another pitch.  Before getting all crazy, keep two things in mind.  First, Tommy Toledo was already warming up in the bullpen before that at bat.  Second, Gagnon had 100 pitches at the time.
  4. Greg Hopkins was quiet for a couple of days.  He spoke up with a homer and a double tonight.
  5. The home run by Hopkins was the first run in the second inning.  The next two runs scored without a swing of the bat.  Williams took four pitches outside the strike zone for a bases loaded walk.  Brandon Macias was hit by a pitch to force in another run for a 3-0 lead.
  6. Macias drove in a pair of runs on Saturday without a hit.  He also had an RBI grounder in the seventh.
  7. Toledo brought it on Saturday. He was sitting at 93 and his breaking stuff was nasty.  It’s rare for a middle reliever to get All-Star recognition, but Toledo’s stuff tonight was All-Star stuff.  Four strikeouts in 2-2/3 innings with no hits.  He has allowed one unearned run in his last 23-2/3 innings.
  8. The lead over Beloit for the division is one game, but let’s take a look at a different race.  Peoria beat the Kane County Cougars on Saturday night.  The Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot – their first since 2005 – is TWO.  Peoria hosts Kane County again on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm.
  9. If you came out to the game on Saturday night, let me say, “Thank you!”  Star Wars Night drew 5,424 fans which was the biggest attendance this season.  Come on back, everyone.

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