June 2012

Lineup and Game Notes for June 7, 2012

This is gonna be great!

I heard the news today, oh boy!

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher
Will West

Clinton Starting Pitcher:
Brett Shankin

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune72012

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm first pitch):
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Nine after 9 for June 6, 2012

LumberKings 4
Timber Rattlers 6
Boxscore | Game Story

The Rattlers are 21-9 at home this season.

  1. David Goforth’s night: 5IP, H, 3BB, 3K.  I like the way he mixed things up tonight.  His breaking stuff was working and his fastball topped out at 95.  I think that the first time through the order may have been the best that he has pitched all season long.  He stumbled a bit in the fifth, but it was a very nice performance by Goforth.
  2. Chad Pierce cruised through the first four batters.  Then…Jabari Blash…wow. That home run was hit over the batter’s eye beyond the boardwalk.  I couldn’t believe how far that thing went.
  3. Still, Pierce struck out six over four innings and topped out at 93.
  4. One last pitching thing to point out for you.  The one hit that Goforth gave up came with one out in the fifth inning.  That hit, a double by Ramon Morla was the first hit the Rattlers gave up to a Clinton batter in 20 innings.  The last hit by a LumberKing against a Rattler was a one out single in the third inning on May 3 in Clinton.  Wisconsin pitchers didn’t give up a hit over the last 5-2/3 innings of that game, all nine innings of the no-hitter on May 4, and the first 4-1/3 innings of Wednesday’s game.  Clinton is
  5. Jason Rogers appeared happy to be home.  He had two more hits and three more RBI.  In four games against Clinton, Rattlers pitchers have held the LumberKings to a team batting average of .130.
  6. Carlos George absolutely stole a run in the fourth inning.  He took first on a dropped third strike.  He got a good read on a pitch in the dirt and stole second.  Then, he noticed that starting pitcher Jordan Shipers lost track of him.  You’ll see the play in the highlights.  Shipers, a left hander, had to spin and throw to third and the throw was off target.  George could have walked home to score the run.
  7. The one play that I wish had made the highlights tonight was the 4-6-3 double play in the top of the eighth.  It was picture perfect.  Greg Hopkins fielded the ball as he was going towards the second base bag.  Instead of stepping on the bag and trying to throw to first, he lightly shoveled the ball to Yadiel Rivera.  The Rattlers shortstop caught the ball, tapped the bag with his foot, and made a strong throw to first to complete the play.  It was pretty.
  8. The Timber Rattlers crowd gave a round of applause to Steve Baron after the LumberKings catcher got up after being run over by John Dishon in the third inning.  Dishon tried scoring from third on a grounder to short and tried to jar the ball out of Baron’s glove.  I don’t know how the ball stayed in there, because Baron was knocked to the ground and landed with the pocket side of the glove facing the sky.  Somehow, the ball didn’t come out and Dishon was out.  Baron stayed down for a couple of minutes, but got up, got a hand from the crowd and stayed in the game.
  9. Beloit lost on Wednesday.  They were shutout in Burlington 5-0.  Wisconsin’s lead in the Western Division is three games.  Kane County beat Quad Cities 4-3.  Wisconsin’s lead over KC for the Wild Card Spot is six games.  There are eleven games left in the half.  Getting closer.  Much, closer.

Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes for June 6, 2012

Back home and back to work.

 
Tonight’s Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Chadwin Stang – CF
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Carlos George – DH
Rafael Neda – C
John Dishon – RF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Clinton Starting Pitcher:
Jordan Shipers

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune62012

LumberKings Game Notes:
Clinton6.6.12

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Taking a day

Apologies for no Nine after 9 for Monday’s game.  I just couldn’t write last night.  All I could think about was getting home and taking Iron Man’s advice:

My new Life Coach

Alright. Hey. Alright. Good job, guys. Let’s just not come in tomorrow. Let’s just take a day. Have you ever tried shawarma? There’s a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I don’t know what it is, but I wanna try it.

There may not be a shawarma place in Appleton, but there is a Vietnamese/Thai Noodle place that I have wanted to try since I found out about it.  After I take care of this huge list of tasks.

The one thing that I want to say about last night’s Timber Rattlers win is that it was maybe the most satisfying Timber Rattlers win in Beloit that I have called.  It was a good end to a long trip.

Back tomorrow morning.

Lineup and Game Notes for June 4, 2012

Pohlman Field from the plate.

Wisconsin Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – DH
Cameron Garfield – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Carlos George – 2B
Chadwin Stang – CF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
Chad Thompson

Beloit Lineup:
Wang-Wei Lin – LF
A.J. Pettersen – 2B
Eddie Rosario – CF
Miguel Sano – 3B
Drew Leachman – 1B
Jhon Goncalves – RF
Matt Koch – DH
Jairo Rodriguez – C
Tyler Grimes – SS

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Tim Shibuya

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune42012

Snappers Game Notes:
BeloitJune 4

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Nine after 9 for June 3, 2012

Wisconsin 3
Beloit 1
Boxscore | Game story

First place high fives.

  1. Drew Gagnon was nails today – just when he needed to be.  People talk about Gagnon having an idea of what to do on the mound.  Today was just ridiculous. Every time he needed to execute a pitch to get out of the inning, he did it.
  2. I think my favorite sequence was in the fourth inning.  Rattlers are up 2-1 with one out and Eddie Rosario at first base.  Miguel Sano is at the plate with a 1-2 count.  Gagnon picks off Rosario for the first out. He freezes Sano for strike three on the pitch right after the pickoff. On the next pitch, he gets Adam Bryant to ground out to third.
  3. My second favorite was the spot in the bottom of the eighth.  The Rattlers had just added an insurance run in the top of the  seventh inning, but a single and a hit batsman brought Rosario to the plate as the lead run with one out.  Gagnon got a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.  Huge pitch in a big situation. Dang. It was great.
  4. Speaking of insurance, Cameron Garfield came up with the double to drive in the run to make it 3-1.  He has five hits – three doubles – in the four games in which he has a plate appearance.  He had two hits – one double – in his first six games last season.  It’s good to see him driving the baseball
  5. One run games with eight hits don’t happen just because of the performance by the pitcher.  All of the infielders – Brandon Macias, Adrian Williams, Carlos George, and Nick Ramirez – made plays that either saved runs or prevented runners from getting on base in the first place.  Heck, the outfielders got in on the action, too, with Jason Rogers (twice) and Max Walla making really nice running catches.
  6. George needed to get a run home in the second inning with a runner at third and no outs. He did. His sacrifice fly made it 2-1. That was all the Rattlers needed.
  7. Not that they had much of a chance for more.  Chadwin Stang reached third on a single and a two base error in the second inning.  The sac fly by George started a string of 15 straight batters retired.
  8. Greg Hopkins went 0-for-3 to see his hitting streak end at ten games.  But, he drew the leadoff walk in the seventh to set up Garfield’s RBI double.  Walks will work, too.
  9. Seth Harvey earned his twelfth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.  He struck out Sano with a great 1-2 pitch to start the inning.  It looked like a tailing fastball away from the right-handed hitting Sano.  Two outs later, the Rattlers won the game and were back in first place by themselves.  One more day on this road trip and 13 games left in this half.

Lineups and Game Notes for June 3, 2012 (UPDATED)

First place is on the line at Pohlman Field and it’s a great day for it!

Timber Rattlers Lineup (UPDATED 12:30; Changes in green):
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Jason Rogers – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – DH
Cameron Garfield – C
Chadwin Stang – CF
Carlos George – 2B
Adrian Williams – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Drew Gagnon

Snappers Lineup:
Wang-Wei Lin – RF
Nate Roberts – LF
Eddie Rosario – 2B
Miguel Sano – 3B
Adam Bryant – 1B
Drew Leachman – DH
J.D. Williams – CF
Kyle Knudson – C
Tyler Grimes – SS

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Tyler Jones

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune32012

Snappers Game Notes:
BeloitJune 3

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Nine after 9 for June 2, 2012

Rattlers 5
Snappers 9
Boxscore | Game Story

It was a nice night at the time.

  1. Morbo the Annihilator here, sitting down to a delightful tea in this fake living-room set. Day 11 of the trip and here we are in Beloit. The record on this trip is now 6-5 and the Rattlers and Snappers are tied for the Western Division Lead at 34-22.
  2. Prepare to exchange pleasantries! So, what do you do for a living? Miguel Sano hits baseballs very, very hard.  Matt Miller caught one out of self-preservation in the first inning to end the inning.
  3. Kittens give Morbo gas. The Rattlers were up 2-0 after the top of the fourth inning.  Then, the first seven Snappers reached base on a double, single, hit batsman, double, single, fielder’s choice, and a walk.  This is pretty similar to the second inning in Cedar Rapids on Friday night.
  4. Windmills do not work that way. The Rattlers got a couple of runs when Sano dropped a popup from Ramirez.  He didn’t look like he was ever sure about it and the ball popped out of his glove.  Of course, he started the four run rally in the fifth inning with a single. Maybe we should just stop talking about the guy.
  5. Pathetic humans, prepare to write down the recipe! Greg Hopkins had a relatively normal 1-for-4 night and extended his current hitting streak to ten games. He is 21-for-42 (.500) and is leading the league in hitting at .338.  Before the streak started, Hopkins was hitting .295.
  6. Presenting puny human number one, puny human number two and Morbo’s good friend, Richard Nixon. I’m looking at that fifth inning for the Snappers and I don’t know how it got away.  I think that it was the balk, the third balk in as many games called on a Rattlers pitcher.  Before that there were runners at first and second with one out and only one run in for Beloit.  A double play gets out of the inning.  But, the balk led to an intentional walk to load the bases.  From there…sac fly, walk, two run single and it was 9-4. Oof.
  7. Belligerent and numerous. Brandon Macias smacked three hits and had a hand in three runs (scoring two and driving in one) tonight.   A good night for the Jayhawk.
  8. Morbo congratulates our gargantuan cyborg president. May death come quickly to his enemies!  Tyler Cravy worked the final three innings Saturday and worked three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.  He also pitched an inning Friday night so, this marked the first time he has pitched in back-to-back games this season.  He only did that one time with the Rattlers last year and that was two games in which he went 2/3 of an inning followed by 2/3 of an inning.  Cravy has appeared three times on this road trip and has struck out ten while walking just two over 6-2/3 innings.  That’s improvement.
  9. Because viewers trust a deep male voice, and huge, throbbing forehead veins! The winner of tomorrow’s game is the division leader with 13 games left and is guaranteed to be at least tied for the lead after the game on Monday.  Drew Gagnon is the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers on Sunday.

Lineup & Game Notes for June 2, 2012

Play ball at Pohlman Field!

Wisconsin Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Jason Rogers – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Rafael Neda – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS
John Dishon – LF
Chadwin Stang – CF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Beloit Lineup:
Wang Wei-Lin – RF
Nate Roberts – LF
Eddie Rosario – 2B
Miguel Sano – 3B
Drew Leachman – 1B
Jhon Goncalves – CF
Matt Koch – DH
Kyle Knudson – C
AJ Pettersen – SS

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Matt Summers

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJune22012

Snappers Game Notes:
BeloitJune 2GameNotes

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Combined Nine after Friday and before Saturday

Rattlers 9
Kernels 14
Boxscore | Game Story

Stupid bird.

  1. I’ll tell you this much. I am officially sick of the Iowa Fight Song.
  2. The Kernels have their highlights on YouTube, but the first 102 seconds or so are first pitches and various other things.  To start with a true minor league highlight, this link goes right to 1:44I don’t think that the cheerleader was a real big Mr. Shucks fan at the time. (Freeze frame at 1:49 for a death stare of which I would approve).  The offensive onslaught occurs right after that.
  3. Baseball? Ok, I guess. Way too many mistakes by the Rattlers.  Only one error on the board, but there were more than enough miscues to deny the Rattlers what could have been a pretty cool comeback.
  4. This should tell you a little bit about the 2012 Timber Rattlers.  They were down 9-2 after the bottom of the second inning on the final day of a series with a bus ride out of town waiting for them.  I have seen teams say, “To HECK with this!” and swing at first pitches and take bad approaches just to get the game over with as quickly as possible.  That didn’t happen last night.  I can honestly say that I believed the Rattlers would come back until the Kernels scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to go up by five runs.  The Rattlers don’t quit.
  5. Offensively, things were fine for the Rattlers.  Brandon Macias had three hits, Yadiel Rivera, who had been 0-for-15 after his ninth inning homer in Peoria on Sunday, doubled and drove in three runs, Cameron Garfield had two hits, a pair of walks, a pair of runs scored, and an RBI.  Nick Ramirez had three hits.  Oh, and Greg Hopkins had two hits…again, nine-game hitting streak, 20-for-38.
  6. For a team that won 14-9 and had 14 hits, there were several Kernels batters who went back to the dugout with a air of frustration.  Thank the shift for that:

    Everybody shift.

    The above picture is from the fifth inning.  I wish that I could have snapped a picture of Gary Mitchell in the fourth inning or the sixth.  In the fifth he was at the plate with a runner at first and the Rattlers employed a shift where Macias, the third baseman, was playing halfway between third and second.  Mitchell grounded into a 5-6-3 double play.  In the sixth, Mitchell sent a grounder just to the right of second base.  Rivera, the shortstop, had to go to his right to make the play and retire Mitchell…I thought it was funny…Mitchell probably thought his RBI single in the eighth inning that went back through the middle was justice.

  7. Beloit won on Friday to cut the Rattlers division lead to one game.  Kane County split a doubleheader with Clinton.  The Cougars trail Wisconsin by five games. There are 15 games left in the half.
  8. Wisconsin plays Beloit in six of the next nine games.  Believe it or not, I actually did a little research.  Here is a preview of a couple of sections for Saturday’s game notes:BELOIT PROSPECTING: Baseball America’s 2012 Prospect Handbook listed four players on the current Snappers roster as Top 30 Prospects in the Twins organization. Infielder Miguel Sano is ranked at the #1 prospect in the Minnesota system. Infielder Eddie Rosario (#3) is also rated in Minnesota’s top ten. Pitcher Corey Williams (#13) and Matt Summers (#21) are also in the Top 30.2011 DRAFT CLASS:

    Beloit has twelve players who were selected by the Twins in the 2011 draft. They are: Pitchers Corey Williams (3rd), Matt Summers (4th), Steven Gruver (7th), Jason Wheeler (8th), Tyler Jones (11th), Tim Shibuya (23rd), and David Hurlbut (28th); Infielders Tyler Grimes (5th), Adam Bryant (9th), and AJ Pettersen (25th); Catcher Matt Koch (12th); and outfielder Drew Leachman (37th).From all reports, Miguel Sano is a beast.  The rest of their team is pretty good, too.

  9. The pitching matchups for the series:
    SAT:
    RHP Matt Miller (3-4, 3.79) v. RHP Matt Summers (4-3, 3.99) @ 7:00pm

    SUN: RHP Drew Gagnon (3-1, 3.18) v. RHP Tyler Jones (0-0, 1.29) @ 2:00pm
    MON: RHP Chad Thompson (2-1, 5.06) v. RHP Tim Shibuya (2-3, 5.17) @ 7:00pm

    Let’s do this.

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