Nine after 9 for June 15, 2012

Timber Rattlers 9
LumberKings 1
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One of nine

  1. On Twitter last night, I joked that Nine after 9 is turning into the old Chris Farley Interview sketches from Saturday Night live.  “Brandon Macias, Do you..do you remember that…that one time in Clinton when you had three hits and two were doubles, and…and…and you had a really good, I mean were 19-for-52 with 14 RBI in the first 13 games in June?  That was great!”
  2. Drew Gagnon just keeps rolling.  Only one runner reached third base on him as he worked five shutout innings with three strikeouts, and – unofficially – 75 pitches/43 strikes.  He probably could have gone a little deeper in the game, but now he will be able to work an inning in the All-Star Game next Tuesday in Kane County. 
  3. Gagnon has made three starts in June. He has allowed one run in 19-1/3 innings.  That run was a two-out homer by Eddie Rosario on June 3 in Beloit.  His scoreless streak has reached 18-2/3 innings.  That is 1-1/3 innings shy of his 20 innings scoreless streak from April 12 to May 3.
  4. Ben McMahan keeps hitting.  He had three more hits last night to extend his hitting streak to seven games.  McMahan is 13-for-28.
  5. Did you notice that both Jason Rogers and Greg Hopkins sat out last night’s game?  That was the first time that both players sat for in the same game in 2012.  And the offense STILL scored nine runs.
  6. Kevin Shackelford has joined the professional first-time save club.  He pitched the final four innings on Thursday night.  It was the first time he got into a game since June 1.  It’s tough to get innings from the bullpen in the first half.  It’s tough to stay sharp. But, when called upon, the relievers have come through after long layoffs.
  7. There was a lot going on before the game.  Matt Erickson was interviewed by Joe Block for the Brewers Pregame ShowMiLB.com did a quick photo shoot with the All-Stars.  A group shot with the pitchers and a group shot with the position players.  Plus, an individual shoot for Hopkins, since he will be starting in the game.
  8. Not that any of this was a distraction.  The team scored eight runs in the first four innings.  Plus, two more first inning runs.  They have outscored opponents 53-24 in the first inning. That’s ridiculous.
  9. The final series of the half start tonight in Quad Cities.  The Rattlers were here just a couple of weeks ago and took two of three at the start of that 13-game road trip.  This eight game winning streak ended with a walk-off loss in the final game of that series.  Tonight, the Rattlers could extend their current winning streak to eight games with a win tonight.

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