Nine after 9 for June 13, 2012
- Truth be told, at this point I am just enjoying the ride.
- Oh, you scored first? Here’s Ben McMahan with a home run to tie the game five pitches into the next inning. Here’s a grounder to third that you lost in the Sun – I’ll explain – and Yadiel Rivera gets a double. Here’s Tyler Roberts going to the opposite field on an 0-2 pitch to put the Rattlers in the lead. It’s more than a little ridiculous.
- How does one lose a ground ball to third in the un? Well, the roof is low at Ashford University Field and the third baseman is looking west. At this time of the year, the combination of time of day, the height of the bounce, the lack of sunglasses, and the intangible thing called “dumb luck” allowed Rivera to reach second on a double instead of being out 5-3 for the first out of the top of the second inning.
- The Rattlers also pounced on both Clinton mistakes to score unearned runs in the third and fourth innings. Jason Rogers smoked a ball off the wall in right-center for a double, but he probably should have ended the inning right there. But, a passed ball moved him to third with one out and Greg Hopkins got him in with a fly ball. Chadwin Stang reached on a two out error in the fourth and Brandon Macias doubled just inside the left field line to score Stang.
- Matt Miller is 3-0 in three starts against Clinton this season. Matt Miller is 0-3 in three starts against Burlington this season. He is 2-2 against the rest of the Midwest League. I don’t know what this means. I feel like Jayson Stark when I bring this stuff up for you.
- I can tell you that Miller walked one, struck out eight – to match his single game high as a professional – pitched with a lot of confidence, and was impressive tonight. His next scheduled start – if the rotation holds through the All-Star Break – is the second half opener…on June 22….at Burlington.
- Tyler Cravy hadn’t pitched since June 2. Then, he gets into Wednesday’s game and strikes out five. Cravy’s June Numbers: Three games, 7IP, 3R, 2ER, 1BB, 10K. Plus, tonight he picked up his first professional save.
- McMahan earned his seventh outfield assist of the season tonight and when I say earned, I mean it in the way John Houseman used to say ‘earn’ it in those old Smith Barney commercials. Jamal Austin is fast. Like, you know, really, really, really fast. He tried to score from second on a base hit to left and seemed surprised that the ball was waiting for him at home plate in the eighth inning. Tip of the cap to McMahan on that throw.
- The Timber Rattlers record for wins in a half is 46. The 1996 Rattlers went 46-21 (.687) in 67 games. The 2012 Rattlers are 43-23 (.652). They have four game left to go in the half. If they win all four games, they would be 47-23 (.671).
- Bonus? Anyone from Milwaukee remember The Green Sheet? That’s one of the things I thought of when I got the boxscore from the LumberKings after the game.
Now, I want to watch The Quiet Man for some reason.