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I’ll explain in a moment…
- I know that I will never be confused with an impartial observer, but I never thought that the Timber Rattlers were out of Monday’s game. Not after Miguel Sano did what he does when he deposited a hanger from David Goforth over the left field wall for a grand slam and a 6-2 Beloit lead. Not after Jhon Goncalves hit a homer to make it 7-4. Even if Beloit scored a run or two in the top of the ninth, I would have thought that the Rattlers would come back to at least tie the game. This team believes that they can win. Every day. There is a lot to like about that.
- Sano saw maybe two fastballs this whole series. He went 2-for-13. The Rattlers pitchers had a plan to not give into Sano and – except for one pitch – they executed that plan.
- It’s been a long time for Cameron Garfield. His two-run home run in the seventh inning was the first for him as a Timber Rattler since May 24, 2010. Now, it’s not really a fair time frame due to the two injuries that the missed time with in 2011 and not joining the Rattlers until a couple of weeks ago. But, did that ball sound sweet when it left the bat? You bet it did. It is so good to see hard work pay off with results like that.
- You don’t get to 41-23 just scoring eight runs a game. He get there defense, too. Three double plays, two pickoffs, and a well played 3-5 put out on an attempted sacrifice bunt. Oh, and no errors…again.
- Look at that picture up top. That shift isn’t on in the middle of the game. That shift is on against Nate Roberts with runners at first and second with two outs in the top of the eighth inning in a tie game. Roberts flew out to center to end the inning, but the commitment to the shift may have unnerved him…just a bit.
- Ben McMahan has a four game hitting streak (six hits total) since coming off the DL for the last game against Clinton. Good to see him swinging the bat well.
- I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but Brandon Macias has scored eleven runs in his last ten games – all in the leadoff spot. He has also driven in eleven runs in his last ten games. You probably should have expected him to hit the home run to tie the game.
- So you want to be a closer? Tie game with one out and a runner at first in the top of the ninth. Seth Harvey gets the call. He doesn’t throw a strike in his first three pitches to Drew Leachman – including a wild pitch that moves the go ahead run into scoring position. the decision was made to walk Leachman to set up the double play with Miguel Sano at the plate. You all may have been a little nervous, but Sano hadn’t learned anything from his first 12 trips to the plate in the series. He was sitting fastball on Harvey’s first pitch. He didn’t get one and would ground into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning. I love it when a plan comes together.
- It’s only right that we put Yadiel Rivera in this spot today. He gets the walkoff hit for the second straight day. He is 6-for-10 in his last two games with only one strikeout and only one ball that was put in play that I would not call “well hit”. All six of his hits in the last two days have been line drives. Keep going and more of this will happen. On to Clinton for the division!