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I am blaming the multi-colored umbrella.
- Matt Miller’s last three starts: 20-1/3 innings, 17 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 4 walks, 21 strikeouts. He has matched his career professional high for strikeouts in a game (8) in each of his last two starts. Well pitched games, too.
- The triple play that almost was. There were a couple of things that worked against the play: The ball was hit hard, but not hard enough. Rashun Dixon is not a slow runner for a #4 batter in the lineup. He had enough speed to beat the throw from second. Dang it.
- That is the closest the Rattlers have come to turning a triple play in a game in a long time.
- Tyler Cravy’s last two decisions are what I would consider “tough luck losses”. The Peoria Chiefs scored the winning run off him in the bottom of the 14th on a fluky play. In Friday’s game, that unearned run got around to third and scored on some tough plays. I said this on the air tonight, but in case you missed it: Cravy hasn’t just improved from last year to this year. He has improved from the start of this season to right now. Good to see.
- The development of Yadiel Rivera continues apace. In the past, he tries to hit a 3-1 pitch up towards Clinton. In the third inning on Friday, he drives a pitch through the center of the diamond for a single. Then, he goes from first to third on a wild pitch. Then, he drops a successful sacrifice bunt when called upon to do so. Good to see this, too.
- A 1-for-3 night pushed Rafael Neda over .200 to .202. That may not sound like much to you, but keep in mind that after he went 0-for-5 on May 26 at Peoria, he was hitting .156. Since that game, he is 11-for-33 (.333). Keep going.
- Mitch Haniger’s professional debut was 0-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and some nice catches in the outfield. He played centerfield and he appeared to play a shallow centerfield.
- Even with two errors tonight, the Timber Rattlers have only been charged with 56 errors over the first 70 games of the season. That is the fewest errors charged to a MWL team this season.
- I haven’t put this out there on the blog or anywhere, so here is how the pitching rotation (with tandems) sets up for the start of the second half:
RHP Matt Miller
RHP Drew Gagnon
RHP David Goforth w/ RHP Chad Pierce
RHP Mark Williams
RHP Chad Thompson w/ RHP Jacob Barnes