June 2012

Nine after 9 for June 17, 2012

Timber Rattlers 2
River Bandits 4
Boxscore | Game Story

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  1. I KNEW I should have waited one more day to start working on my list of Walkoffs For and Walkoffs Agin.
  2. The picture above is from just before the time Colin Walsh grounded into a 4-3 putout. It came with runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the third.
  3. Had a picture been taken just before Walsh hit in the fifth inning with a runner at third and two outs it would have looked the same.  David Goforth came inside on Walsh and jammed him.  But, give credit to Walsh. He did a little inside/out swing and hit a soft line drive about to where the Quad Cities runner at second base has his lead in the picture above is standing.  The Rattlers executed what they needed to do.  Walsh executed what he needed to do just a little bit better.  That little swing gave the Bandits a 2-1 lead.
  4. John Dishon!  I called the home run that he hit to day unexpected.  That was a little unfair.  He had five homers in Helena in 2010 and six more with the Brewers in 2011.  His solo homer in the fifth landed halfway up that berm in left-center and he hit it on an 0-2 pitch.
  5. I don’t know what else I can write about Jason Rogers.  Two more doubles (24 on the season) and an RBI (43 on the season).  He probably should have had a third hit and a second RBI, but Matt Williams made a great play in the eighth and turned a single to left that would have scored Yadiel Rivera from second into a 6-5 putout.
  6. Take a look at that photo up top and note where the shadows are.  Now compare that to the photo below:

    Time lapse this thing!

    Just showing the difference

  7. I only know these next two data points because of a project I was working on for the All-Star Break, but Virgil Hill’s ‘walkoff’ home run was the first against the Timber Rattlers since Danny Rams hit one for Beloit off Jon Pokorny on July 9, 2010.  That was the sixth ‘walkoff’ homer over the Rattlers since 2005.
  8. The end of the half is here. This Timber Rattlers team won 44 games, claimed a playoff spot, won the division, and showed improvement from Day one of the season.  That last part – the showed improvement part – is the most important thing out of all bullet points I have written this season.
  9. Rattler Radio will not be going on hiatus during the All-Star Break.  I have a plan for a ‘Walkoffs’ post tomorrow and a few other things over the next few days.  There won’t be a live blog from the All-Star Game, just follow me on twitter for updates on Tuesday night.  Enjoy the next few days Timber Rattlers fans and players.  The second half will be here before you know it.

Lineup and Game Notes for June 17, 2012

Bullpen with a view.

Today’s Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Ben McMahan – DH
Cameron Garfield – C
John Dishon – CF
Chadwin Stang – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Kyle Hald

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune172012

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Lineup and Game Notes for June 16, 2012

Angle one on the spot of last night’s QC home run.

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

Angle 2 on the scene of last night’s QC home run.

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Willy Paulino

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune162012

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Angle 3 on the scene of last night’s QC home run.

Nine after 9 for June 15, 2012

Timber Rattlers 2
River Bandits 3
Box | Game Story

This may have been similar to the Quad Cities home run on Friday night. Photo from the SI Vault.

  1. I have done some Dave Barry research and discovered that – including last night – Quad Cities has roughly 4 billion walkoff wins against the Timber Rattlers.
  2. The home run by Anthony Garcia was, how shall I put this, would “disputed” sound right? Ben McMahan pointed out that a fan reached over the fence, caught the ball in his glove, and dropped it as he brought it it to his side of the fence.  The umpires did not see it that way.  I couldn’t tell from my spot that is roughly 5,000 feet from the left field fence through two panes of glass.
  3. It was interesting that the production people in Quad Cities did not show a replay of the home run.  It was especially interesting that there was no replay of the home run because they did manage to show a replay of a routine single through the infield on the very next play.
  4. But, there was a chance to never have the game come down to that home run or that walkoff in the ninth.  The Rattlers had already scored two runs in the second inning and had the bases loaded with no outs with the top of the order at the plate.  They had Quad Cities starter Hector Hernandez on the ropes, but couldn’t put him away.  Hernandez struck out two batters and got a grounder to end the inning with the Rattlers up 2-0.
  5. A funny play happened in that top of the second inning.  The bases were loaded, but the main characters were Chadwin Stang at third and Rafael Neda at second.  Carlos George singled to center and Neda got a good read on the ball and saw that it would drop so he took off for third.  Stang did what he needed to do and went back to tag up.  Neda was close to third and had to slow up a bit when he noticed Stang still at the base.  Matt Erickson held Neda up at third instead of sending him.  Stang’s run made it 2-0.  As I said at the time, it may be the only time Stang slows Neda down on the bases.
  6. Neda went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Friday night.  He hit the ball hard twice and had a seeing-eye single for his RBI hit in the second.  It’s about time that he got a “ground ball with eyes” after all the times he was robbed in the first half of the season.
  7. In the ninth inning, Brandon Macias was hit for the twelfth time this season.  He leads the Midwest League in that category.  To put 12 HBPs in perspective, Ryan Braun has been hit by a pitch six times in 2012.
  8. The Rattlers – real number here – have been “walked off” twice here in Quad Cities this season.  Each time the winning run has scored on an errant throw during a sacrifice bunt attempt.  That’s just wrong…and weird…but mostly wrong.
  9. I checked with the manager on this to see if it was okay to mention this and he said yes, so: Mitch Haniger, the Brewers supplemental first round pick in the 2012 draft, will be joining the Rattlers in Quad Cities for the next two days.  He will not be on the roster for either of the remaining games against the River Bandits.  He is in town to get acclimated to the team and start getting into a routine.  Welcome to the Midwest League, here’s a 5pm Sunday game with a 4-1/2 hour bus ride home.

Lineup and Game Notes for June 15, 2012

Exterior of Modern Woodmen Park.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Jason Rogers – 1B
Ben McMahan – LF
Cameron Garfield – C
Chadwin Stang – RF
Rafael Neda – C
John Dishon – CF
Carlos George – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Thompson

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Hector Hernandez

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune152012

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Nine after 9 for June 15, 2012

Timber Rattlers 9
LumberKings 1
Boxscore | Game Story

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.

Lineup and Game Notes for June 14, 2012

This would be about where Ramon Morla was playing when he lost the high chopper off the bat of Yadiel Rivera on Wednesday night.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Ben McMahan – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Cameron Garfield – DH
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Tyler Roberts – C
John Dishon – CF
Carlos George – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Drew Gagnon

Clinton Starting Pitcher:
Ambioris Hidalgo

Timber Rattlers Roster Moves:
LHP Will West transferred from Wisconsin to Helena
IF Carlos George activated from disabled list

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster:
Timber_Rattlers_Roster_061412

BREAKING NEWS:
Timber Rattlers catcher Rafael Neda has been named to the Western Division squad for the 2012 Midwest League All-Star Game.  Neda will take the place of Beloit catcher Jairo Rodriguez, who was recently placed on the DL.  The Timber Rattlers will have eight representatives at the All-Star Game in Kane County on June 19.

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune142012

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Nine after 9 for June 13, 2012

Timber Rattlers 4
LumberKings 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Matt Miller. Solid. Like oak. I don’t know what that means.

  1. Truth be told, at this point I am just enjoying the ride.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.  
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.

    The other side has classic Andy Capp and Nancy comics.

    Now, I want to watch The Quiet Man for some reason.

Lineup and game notes for June 13, 2012

It’s 330′ to the foul pole, goes back to about 345′, comes back to 335′, and goes back on a more traditional route.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Jason Rogers – 1B
Nick Ramirez – DH
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Ben McMahan – LF
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Tyler Roberts – C
Chadwin Stang – CF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Clinton Starting Pitcher:
Trevor Miller

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune132012

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Nine after 9 for June 12

Timber Rattlers 3
LumberKings 1
FINAL – 10 Innings
Boxscore | Game Story

The run that clinched the division

No. Really.

  1. You know how you hear good teams talk about stuff like: Playing hard. Never giving in. Different guy coming through every night.  You probably roll your eyes and go, “Yeah. Right.”  Gentle readers, I give you the 2012 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
  2. Will West got absolutely pummeled two starts ago in Cedar Rapids.  In his last two starts, he has pitched ten innings with one run allowed.  He pitched his way out of a bases loaded no out situation and only allowed one run.  Max Walla had a key running catch in right field for the first out and held the runners.  (Keep where he was playing when he made that play in mind).
  3. Jacob Barnes struck out nine in five scoreless innings.  He only walked one.  The month-by-month BB:K ratios for Barnes: April – 9:5; May 2:11; June 4:15.  He was outstanding on Tuesday.
  4. Nick Ramirez drove a home run over the wall in center.  It’s “only” 395′, but the wall is 16′ high.  It was impressive.
  5. Yadiel Rivera started the rally in the top of the tenth because…of course he did. He’s not really a different guy tonight, since he had the game winning hits on Sunday and Monday, but well, it’s my post. I’ll talk about him if I want to talk about him.  Rivera didn’t hit the ball well or even have a very good at bat on Tuesday….until the ninth.  He got a chance against a left-hander and I didn’t get a chance to bring up a stat that Jim Breen from Disciples of Uecker pointed out earlier on Tuesday.  That stat being, Yadiel Rivera destroys left-handed pitching.  Including the tenth inning single on Tuesday night, Rivera is now 24-for-69 (.348) against lefties in 2012.
  6. Teams really need to stop hitting Brandon Macias.  He got hit three times in three straight plate appearances on Tuesday night.  Then, he delivered the hit to drive in the go ahead run in the tenth.  He’s got 12 RBI in11 games this month.  Don’t make him angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
  7. Walla was at first base in the bottom of the tenth.  This was because Chadwin Stang pinch ran for Ramirez in the ninth and the Rattlers shuffled Stang to Center, John Dishon from center to right and Walla to first to take over for Ramirez.  Of course Walla handled the grounder to first with no worries.
  8. Matt Erickson: “We clinched a playoff spot a couple days ago and that was a team goal of ours from the beginning,” Wisconsin manager Matt Erickson said. “But one of the things I did notice is they weren’t really excited about just getting into the playoffs, they wanted to win the division.”
  9. This picture was taken on after last Friday’s game against Clinton. It showed up on the Rattlers facebook page today.  Thought I would share it. 

    Oooooooooh. Ahhhhhhhhh.

    Congratulations, Timber Rattlers.

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