Nine after 9 for July 11, 2012
- You must be used to this by now. Right? No seriously. Down 8-3 heading into the fifth, you just knew they were going to come back.
- Yadiel Rivera with a 4-for-4 night and all four hits were scalded. Four line drives: Single past the hip of the pitcher, singled past a diving shortstop, double off the glove of the third baseman, rising line drive to the bleachers in left. And he bumped his batting average up ten points. And he has ten home runs now.AND all four of those line drive base hits came on 2-strike counts. In order of hits, the counts were 2-2, 2-2, 1-2, and 3-2. More of that.
- Brandon Macias had four RBI at one point, but a scoring change after the game took away a hit and an RBI. Still, three RBI give him 44 on the season. See below for the hit that gave him his third RBI of the night and the Rattlers a 9-8 lead.
- Cameron Garfield had two more extra base hits. A double and a home run. The homer came in the fifth inning and tied the game 8-8. He has 12 extra-base hits and his 2-for-4 night moved his average to .305 on the season.
- Chadwin Stang started the night with a strikeout, his 97th of the season. But, he drew a walk, his 31st of the season, in his next plate appearance. Then, he singled in his last three at bats. One of the hits was another bunt single, about his eighth of the season. He also stole three bases and scored three runs.
- Stang and Macias pulled off a double steal in the fifth. Macias stole second and drew the throw. Stang broke for the plate and did a nice job avoiding the tag. The throw had him beat, but there was no argument from the Lake County catcher when Stang was ruled safe.
- Kudos to Kevin Shackelford for three scoreless innings. He pulled a true Houdini in the bottom of the seventh. Bases loaded with no outs and the Rattlers lead is a single run. He fooled Alex Lavisky into a check swing roller back to the mound and turned that roller into a 1-2-3 double play. Then, Nick Ramirez made a really nice defensive play with a dive to the line to get the hard grounder off the bat of Leonardo Castillo to turn it into the final out of the inning.
- Yes, Ramirez had a double and three more RBI. But, let’s take a look at his defense at first base tonight. He dug the throw to first on the 1-2-3 double play in the seventh out of the dirt, robbed Francisco Lindor of an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth with a diving play, started a 3-6 double play with a dive to his right, and he started another 3-6 double play to end the game. Pardon the language, but that is DAMN good defense.
- Michael Strong with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for his first professional save. He hasn’t allowed a run in seven straight outings and his scoreless string has reached 15-1/3 innings.