June 2012

Lineup & Game Notes for June 25, 2012

Being home and seeing that First Half Western Division Champions graphic on the video board. Both are great.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Brandon Macias – 2B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Greg Hopkins – 1B
Ben McMahan – LF
Cameron Garfield – DH
Chadwin Stang – RF
Rafael Neda – C
Carlos George – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Mark Williams

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Dail Villanueva

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune252012

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (subscribers)
Cable: Sports 32 (Time Warner Cable subscribers)

VIDEO: First Half Champs

The internet on the bus did not cooperate to allow me to work on an ‘Nine After 9′ last night.  This morning, projects intrude.

Speaking of projects, the production crew put together a first half highlight video to celebrate the first half division championship.  Enjoy.

 

Lineup and Game Notes for June 24, 2012

Is Ben Grimm due to join the Bees bullpen? Even if he is, I say, “It’s Clobberin’ time, Rattlers!”

Today’s Lineup:
Lance Roenicke – DH
Brandon Macias – 3B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Ben McMahan – LF
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Tyler Roberts – C
Chadwin Stang – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Drew Granier

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune242012

Follow today’s game (2:00pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

Nine after 9 for June 23, 2012

Wisconsin 5
Burlington 8
Boxscore | Game Story

It didn’t carry.

  1. Drew Gagnon allowed five runs on seven hits on Saturday. The first three came on a home run by the fourth batter of the bottom of the first and was the last of three straight hits.  The last two runs scored after he left the game.  But, if you listen to the music between the runs – 6-1/3 innings was pretty nice night.  He allowed two hits between the homer and the bloop single by Rickles.
  2. About that bloop hit…it came with two out and none on in the seventh inning with the Rattlers up 5-3.  That ball may have dropped 20 feet on the outfield grass and was just out of the reach of Nick Ramirez.  It wasn’t the first hit that was less than solidly hit in the inning….more on that in a bit.
  3. Ben McMahan snapped an 0-for-11 streak with his home run in the fourth inning.  He followed that up with that 2-run double in the fifth inning.
  4. I don’t want to sound greedy, but it seems like six straight hits should lead to more than four runs in an inning.  An out on the basepaths will do that.  It was understandable what Brandon Macias was trying to do after he got caught.  He was trying to get in a rundown to allow Greg Hopkins to score from third.  But, the Bees played that rundown well and Hopkins could never get a jump away from third base to score.
  5. Notes on Macias: He made two very nice defensive plays.  One came after a slow grounder hit the third base bag and he stuck with it to get the out at first.  The other was a grounder that carried him into foul territory and he still managed to get the out at first.  He also drove in his 16th run in June.
  6. Mitch Haniger with a pair of very solid singles tonight for his first two hits as a professional.
  7. Circling back to point number two….Stephen Peterson made his first appearance in a game since June 8.  That’s….a long time.  He comes in with two on and two out to face the left-handed hitting Chih-Fang Pan and got what he needed, a grounder to short.  But, Pan is very fast. And the ball was hit very slow.  And Pan has that Ichiro running out of the box as he makes contact swing almost perfected. He beat the throw. It wasn’t even close.  Once that double by Eliezer Mesa hit the wall in right, there was no question that Pan would score.
  8. For the second night in a row, the Rattlers catcher started the eighth inning by reaching base to put the tying run on base (On Saturday Cameron Garfield walked).  For the second night in a row, Lance Roenicke came on to pinch run.  For the second night in a row, Yadiel Rivera got a bunt down to move Roenicke along.  The only change in the pattern was that Roenicke was at second base on a passed ball on Saturday when Rivera got him to third with the bunt.  But things reverted to pattern as Roenicke was stranded to end the inning.  The ball that Chadwin Stang hit with two out in the eighth sounded really, really good off the bat.  But, the ball just died. It was well short of the warning track.
  9. The Rattlers have lost four in a row for the first time this season.  They have had the lead in three of those games and been tied in the late in the other.  All four games have been decided in either the eighth or ninth inning.  It happens. The good teams rebound from these little stretches.  Game time on Sunday is 2:00pm.

Lineup and Game Notes for June 23, 2012

I get a kick out of the Bees’ Buzz Mobile. I like to think of it as an old bread truck.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Brandon Macias – 3B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Ben McMahan – DH
Cameron Garfield – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Max Walla – RF
Chadwin Stang – LF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Drew Gagnon

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Seth Frankoff

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune222012

Follow tonight’s game (6:30pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

Nine after 9 for June 22, 2012

Wisconsin 1
Burlington 2
Boxscore | Game Story

I am blaming the multi-colored umbrella.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. That is the closest the Rattlers have come to turning a triple play in a game in a long time.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

Lineup and Game Notes for June 22, 2012

Second half starts tonight!!

The concourse at Community Field.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Mitch Haniger – CF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Ben McMahan – LF
Cameron Garfield – DH
Rafael Neda – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Max Perlman

Timber Rattlers Roster:
Timber_Rattlers_Roster_062212

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune222012

Follow tonight’s game (6:30pm first pitch):
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Family Ties for Timber Rattlers

In case you missed it, Lance Roenicke, the son of Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, joined the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Thursday.

The Roenicke family is the latest in a line of Rattlers players with family in the big leagues.

Here is a brief list off the top of my head:
Son Jack Arroyo – Father Rudy Arroyo
Brother Steven Braun – Brother Ryan Braun
Son Cirilo Cruz – Father Tommy Cruz
Son Cutter Dykstra – Father Lenny Dykstra
Bother Michael Garciaparra – Brother Nomar Garciaparra
Son Andy Hargrove – Father Mike Hargrove
Son Aaron Looper – Father Benny Looper
Son Joey Paciorek – Father Jim Paciorek
Son Dusty Wathan – Father John Wathan

UPDATE FROM THE COMMENTS:
Thank you, Murphy.  I knew that I would forget something.

Brother Shawn Buhner – Brother Jay Buhner

This is a list of the single most direct relations (For example: I left out Jose Cruz, Sr, Hector Cruz, and Jose Cruz, Jr for Cirilo Cruz).
The relative also needed to have some tie to the major leagues.  Benny Looper didn’t play in the big leauges, but he was the Mariners Director of Minor League in 1997 when Aaron Looper was drafted by the Mariners.  Cody Scarpetta and his father and uncle are not on the list.
And it was baseball only.  (Sorry, Son Matt (Rattlers) & Father Manu (NFL) Tuiasosopo
)

One that I vaguely remember, but couldn’t corroborate is:
Nephew Gorky Estrella – Uncle Edgar Martinez

If there are any that I am missing – and I’m sure that I did – feel free to drop them in the comments.  I am not afraid to ask for help.

Every Timber Rattler All-Star since 1995

This post is “Exactly What It Says on the Tin

There have been 89 Timber Rattlers named as All-Stars since 1995.
Fifteen Timber Rattlers have been starters in Midwest League All-Star Games
Three times Rattlers managers have been in charge of the Western Division All-Stars (1996, 1997, 2005)
Two Timber Rattlers have been the winning pitcher of the MWL All-Star Game (1997, 2004)
One Timber Rattler has hit a homer in the MWL All-Star Game (2011)
One Timber Rattler was a 2-time MWL All-Star (1997, 1998)

Seven of the eight Timber Rattlers All-Stars for the 2012 game.

Starters are denoted in bold italics

1995 @ West Michigan (1):
Pitcher Mariano Santana

1996 @ Wisconsin (8 + manager)
Catcher Karl Thompson
Infielder David Ortiz
Infielder Jose Amado
Infielder Joel Ramirez
Outfielder Luis Tinoco
Outfielder Scott Smith
Pitcher Brett Iddon
Pitcher Greg Wooten
Manager Mike Goff

1997 @ Lansing (4 + manager)
Infielder Luis Figueroa
Designated Hitter Jason Regan
Pitcher Joe Mays
Pitcher Denny Stark (Winning Pitcher)
Manager Gary Varsho

1998 @ Clinton (6):
Third Baseman Luis Figueroa
Outfielder Mike Marchiano
Pitcher Ryan Anderson
Pitcher Lesli Brea
Pitcher Gil Meche
Pitcher Joel Pinero

1999 @ Lansing (4):
Pitcher Aaron Looper
Pitcher Chris Mears
Pitcher Melqui Torres
Pitcher Enmanuel Ulloa

2000 @ Kane County (3):
First Baseman Shawn McCorkle
Outfielder Chris Snelling
Pitcher Aquilino Lopez

2001 @ Dayton (7):
Outfielder Jamie Bubela
Catcher Mark Carroll
Infielder Pedro Liriano
Outfielder Jamal Strong
Pitcher Rett Johnson
Pitcher Kevin Olore
Pitcher Chad Wiles

2002 @ Lansing (4):
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo
Third Baseman Greg Dobbs
Pitcher Juan Doñe
Pitcher Ramon Royce

2003 @ West Michigan (8):
Outfielder TJ Bohn
Infielder Matt Hagen
Infielder Corey Harrington
Catcher Rene Rivera
Pitcher TA Fulmer
Pitcher Cesar Jimenez
Pitcher Bobby Livingston
Pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith

2004 @ Cedar Rapids (2):
Pitcher Ryan Feierabend (Winning Pitcher)
Pitcher Brian Stitt

2005 @ Peoria (7 + manager):
Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera
Infielder Yung Chi Chen
Catcher Rob Johnson
Infielder Matt Tuiasosopo
Outfielder Josh Womack
Pitcher Cibney Bello
Pitcher Chad Fillinger
Manager Scott Steinmann

2006 @ Quad Cities (4):
Outfielder Casey Craig
Third Baseman Ron Garth
Pitcher Edgar Guaramato
Pitcher Harold Williams

2007 @ Kane County (2):
Pitcher Andy Barb
Pitcher Joe Kantakevich

2008 @ Great Lakes (4):
Second Baseman Edilio Colina
Infielder Juan Diaz
Pitcher Phillippe Aumont
Pitcher Travis Mortimore

2009 @ Clinton (5):
Catcher Corey Kemp
Infielder Brett Lawrie
Pitcher Jim Henderson
Pitcher Daniel Meadows
Pitcher Wily Peralta

2010 @ Fort Wayne (4):
Left Fielder Khris Davis
Second Baseman Scooter Gennett
Pitcher Nick Bucci
Pitcher Jake Odorizzi

2011 @ Quad Cities (4):
Designated Hitter Chris Dennis (Home Run)
Infielder Mike Walker
Pitcher Austin Ross
Pitcher Tyler Thornburg

2012 @ Kane County (8):
Second Baseman Greg Hopkins
Catcher Rafael Neda
Shortstop Yadiel Rivera
Infielder Jason Rogers
Pitcher Drew Gagnon
Pitcher Seth Harvey
Pitcher Tommy Toledo
Pitcher Mark Williams

Timber Rattlers Walkoff Heroes 2005-present

Here is a little something for the day after the last game of the first half.

In baseball, there’s nothing better than a walkoff win…

Every “walkoff” win for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers between 2005 and the end of the first half of the 2012 season:

2005 (9):
Date: April 13
Opponent: Quad Cities
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Matt Tuiasosopo hits solo home run (11th)

Date: April 22
Opponent: Burlington
Final Score: 5-4
Walkoff (Inning): Oswaldo Navarro scores on wild pitch (11th)

Date: April 24
Opponent: Beloit
Final Score: 5-4
Walkoff (Inning): Yung-Chi Chen draws bases loaded walk (9th)

Date: July 4
Opponent: Beloit
Final Score: 7-6
Walkoff (Inning): Mike Wilson draws bases loaded walk (13th)

Date: July 22
Opponent: Clinton
Final Score: 7-6
Walkoff (Inning): Brent Johnson RBI single (10th)

Date: July 27 (Game one)
Opponent: Kane County
Final Score: 5-4
Walkoff (Inning): Jack Arroyo steals third and scores on E-5 (missed catch) (7th)

Date: August 2
Opponent: South Bend
Final Score: 8-7
Walkoff (Inning): Mike Wilson RBI single (9th)

Date: August 9
Opponent: Cedar Rapids
Final Score: 6-5
Walkoff (Inning): Josh Womack reaches on E-4, Mike Wilson scores (11th)

Date: September 9, Game Three MWL First Round
Opponent: Beloit
Final Score: 4-2
Walkoff (Inning): Mike Wilson 2-run Home Run (10th)

2006 (6):
Date: April 19
Opponent: Southwest Michigan
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Bryan Sabatella reaches on E-5, Eddy Hernandez & Alex Gary score (9th)

Date: May 21
Opponent: Burlington
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Ron Garth pinch-hit solo Home Run (11th)

Date: July 17
Opponent: Quad Cities
Final Score: 2-1
Walkoff (Inning): Eddy Hernandez RBI single (12th)

Date:
July 25

Opponent: South Bend
Final Score: 7-6
Walkoff (Inning): Juan Guzman scores on wild pitch (10th)

Date: August 6
Opponent: Beloit
Final Score: 11-10
Walkoff (Inning): Johan Limonta solo Home Run (9th)

Date: August 25
Opponent: Clinton
Final Score: 1-0
Walkoff (Inning): Curtis Ledbetter solo Home Run (8th)

2007 (9):
Date: April 18
Opponent: Beloit
Final Score: 3-2
Walkoff (Inning): Greg Halman RBI single (11th)

Date: May 13 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: Peoria
Final Score: 5-3
Walkoff (Inning): Andy Hargrove 2-run Home Run (8th)

Date: June 1
Opponent: Burlington
Final Score: 2-1
Walkoff (Inning): Kuo Hui Lo sacrifice fly (13th)

Date: July 28 (Regularly scheduled game)
Opponent: Great Lakes
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Jair Fernandez RBI single (7th)

Date: August 8
Opponent: Beloit
Final Score: 5-4
Walkoff (Inning): Ron Garth RBI single (9th)

Date: August 12
Opponent: West Michigan
Final Score: 5-4
Walkoff (Inning)Alex Liddi reaches on E-1, Ron Garth scores (10th)

Date: August 21
Opponent: Peoria
Final Score: 5-4
Walkoff (Inning): Alex Liddi RBI 1B (10th)

Date: September 2 (Game one of doubleheader)
Opponent: Kane County
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Calvin Beamon draws bases loaded walk (7th)

Date: September 3
Opponent: Kane County
Final Score: 1-0
Walkoff (Inning): Jamie McOwen reaches on fielder’s choice, Calvin Beamon scores on E-2* (9th)
*-Beamon scored by crashing into catcher Gustavo Rosendo and knocking the ball loose.

2008 (4):
Date: June 5
Opponent: Quad Cities
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Gavin Dickey solo Home Run (10th)

Date: June 6
Opponent: Quad Cities
Final Score: 6-5
Walkoff (Inning): Blake Ochoa RBI single (11th)

Date: June 22
Opponent: Burlington
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Alex Liddi RBI single (11th)

Date: August 9
Opponent: Kane County
Final Score: 2-1
Walkoff (Inning): Juan Diaz RBI single (11th)

2009 (5):
Date: April 22
Opponent: Peoria
Final Score: 3-2
Walkoff (Inning): Michael Marseco 2-RBI triple (9th)

Date: June 10
Opponent: Kane County
Final Score: 7-4
Walkoff (Inning): Brock Kjeldgaard 3-run Home Run (10th)

Date: June 26
Opponent: Peoria
Final Score: 3-2
Walkoff (Inning): Jose Duran reaches on fielder’s choice, Corey Kemp scores (9th)

Date: June 27
Opponent: Peoria
Final Score: 2-1
Walkoff (Inning): Juan Sanchez reaches on E-4, Jose Duran scores (14th)

Date: July 24
Opponent: Dayton
Final Score: 5-4
Walkoff (Inning): Juan Sanchez bunt single, Derrick MacPhearson scores on E-1 (11th)

2010 (4):
Date: April 9 (Game one of doubleheader)
Opponent: Kane County
Final Score: 3-2
Walkoff (Inning): Scooter Gennett RBI single (7th)

Date: July 19
Opponent: Great Lakes
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Khris Davis RBI single (9th)

Date: August 14
Opponent: Cedar Rapids
Final Score: 6-5
Walkoff (Inning): Hunter Morris 2-RBI double (11th)

Date: August 29
Opponent: Kane County
Final Score: 11-10
Walkoff (Inning): Khris Davis RBI single (11th)

2011 (4):
Date: April 17 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: Peoria
Final Score: 2-1
Walkoff (Inning): Mike Walker 2-run Home Run (7th)

Date: June 24
Opponent: Quad Cities
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Tyler Roberts sacrifice fly (9th)

Date: August 1
Opponent: Burlington
Final Score: 8-5
Walkoff (Inning): Mike Brownstein 3-run Home Run (10th)

Date: August 3
Opponent: Clinton
Final Score: 2-1
Walkoff (Inning): Greg Hopkins RBI single (12th)

2012 (7):
Date: April 7
Opponent: Cedar Rapids
Final Score: 7-6
Walkoff (Inning): Parker Berberet RBI single (9th)

Date: April 14
Opponent: Peoria
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): John Dishon RBI double (9th)

Date: April 25
Opponent: Dayton
Final Score: 4-3
Walkoff (Inning): Greg Hopkins solo Home Run (9th)

Date: May 16
Opponent: Burlington
Final Score: 5-4
Walkoff (Inning): Nick Ramirez RBI single (10th)

Date: May 20
Opponent: Kane County
Final Score: 7-6
Walkoff (Inning): Nick Ramirez 2-RBI single (9th)

Date: June 10
Opponent: Beloit
Final Score: 5-2
Walkoff (Inning): Yadiel Rivera 3-run Home Run (10th)

Date: June 11
Opponent: Beloit
Final Score: 8-7
Walkoff (Inning): Yadiel Rivera RBI single (9th)

…except for a walkoff home run!

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