Nine after 9 for July 13, 2012

Captains 7
Rattlers 6
Boxscore | Game Story

  1. I can’t remember if I’ve written about this or talked about it on the radio or just had it running in my head for a couple of weeks.  But, I asked Matt Erickson why he brings the infield in early in games with a runner at third base.  He answered with something like, “We don’t want to concede anything.  We don’t want to make it easy for the opponent to score a run.” 
  2. Five infielders, four intentional walks, three flatout spectacular web gems, two runs in the ninth, and one more comeback.  They sure as heckfire didn’t make it easy on the Captains on Friday. Lake County had the winning run in scoring position in the tenth, twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth before getting that winning run in the fifteenth. Never give up, never surrender!
  3. Busy night for Max Walla.  Four hits, three RBI, two homers,and a game saving catch in the 14th.  Both home runs were line drives to left.  As you can see – or perhaps figure out from the blurs, the single in the ninth was through the left side of the infield.  The double was over the head of the center fielder.  It’s almost like Max suddenly realized that there were two other fields that he could use.  Keep doing that.  He hadn’t homered since May 30.  He hit to last night. I don’t think that it’s going to be another six weeks before he hits another one.
  4. A moment on the defense of Adrian Williams.  I am still trying to figure out how he A.) Jumped high enough to catch the line drive off the bat of Francisco Lindor in the tenth and B.) Held on to the ball.  It looked like the ball was 3/4 of the way out of his glove as he fell back to earth.  Plus, he did this awkward roll with his arm out at a weird angle. But, that ball stuck in there. It made the diving backhanded grab/throw to first for a double play in the fourth inning look routine…which it was not.
  5. A moment for STOSH! He was as sharp as I have ever seen him.  STOSH! came into the game with the Rattlers down 5-1 and a runner at second.  He pitched four scoreless innings, struck out four, gave up two hits, and didn’t walk a batter. STOSH!
  6. 21 strikeouts by Rattlers hitters. That is all.
  7. Yadiel Rivera struck out four times and committed two errors that led to a pair of unearned runs – including the tying run in the bottom of the twelfth.  But, he drew two walks, went from first to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a wild pitch.  He did not look real happy with himself when the tying run – the runner who reached on his error on a routine grounder to start the inning –  scored in the twelfth.  Look for him to bounce back.
  8. Heck, look for all of the Rattlers to bounce back tonight.  It may be a bit rough going at first.  The team bus pulled in front of the hotel in Fort Wayne at 4:15 EDT this morning.  I think I finally got to sleep a little after 5am.  But, There’s one thing the last week  should have taught you, that stuff just doesn’t matter.
  9. By my calculations, the bullpen situation behind Chad Pierce tonight is: Kevin Shackelford, Michael Strong, and Tyler Cravy.  Look for Cravy to be the first into the game  after Pierce.  Shackelford (3IP) and Strong (2IP) pitched on Wednesday in Lake County.  Cravy last pitched on July 7.
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