July 2012

Lineup and game notes for July 20, 2012

Jonathan Lucroy in last night’s game. [PHOTO CREDIT: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers]

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Lance Roenicke – LF
Jonathan Lucroy – C
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Ben McMahan – DH
Mike Garza – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Adrian Williams – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Pierce

Great Lakes Starting Pitcher:
Duke von Schamann

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly202012

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (subscribers only)
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July 19, 2012 Video Highlights

Loons 4
Rattlers 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Lineup and Game Notes for July 19, 2012

Great shot! Both the game winning homer and the picture above. [PHOTO CREDIT: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers]

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Jonathan Lucroy – C
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Ben McMahan – RF
Cameron Garfield – DH
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Lance Roenicke – LF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Great Lakes Starting Pitcher:
Greg Wilborn

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly192012

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (subscribers only)
Cable TV: Sports32 (Time Warner Cable Subscribers)

July 18, 2012 Highlights

Great Lakes 4
Wisconsin 5
FINAL – 10 innings
Boxscore | Game Story

Lineup and Game Notes for July 18, 2012

Check the #5 hitter for the Rattlers.  Welcome back, Hop.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Thomspon

Great Lakes Starting Pitcher:
Raydel Sanchez

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly182012

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

 

 

Musical Interlude – July 16, 2012

Rattlers 4
TinCaps 7
Boxscore | Game Story

On the bus. Probably about 7 or 7-1/2 hours. Will try to create a coherent thought – which was damn near impossible during the broadcast tonight – on the ride home for a decent Nine after 9 tomorrow.

For now. Take, take me home

Oh, did you hear? Jonathan Lucroy is tentatively scheduled for a rehab assignment for the Rattlers from July 19 through July 22?  Well, he is.  Tickets available here or at the ticket office at 9am – (800) WI-TIMBER or (920) 733-4152.

Lineup and Game Notes for July 16, 2012

In case you missed it, here is Nine After 9 for Sunday’s game.

Outside looking in/

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Lance Roenicke – LF
Brandon Macias – 2B
Ben McMahan – RF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Cameron Garfield – DH
Mike Garza – 3B
Tyler Roberts – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Mark Williams

Fort Wayne Starting Pitcher:
Frank Garces

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly162012

Follow tonight’s game (6:05pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

Nine after 9 for July 15, 2012

Sorry.  I thought I had posed this last night. It got stuck in my draft folder.  Is this road trip over yet?

Timber Rattlers 8
TinCaps 2
Boxscore | Game Story

David Goforth on the hill.

  1. David Goforth was solid today. Very solid today.  He scattered eight hits over eight innings and struck out three without walking a batter.  This marks the second straight start in which he did not walk a batter.  That’s 14 straight innings without a walk by Goforth.
  2. He was just over 100 pitches for the game and – velocity mavens, you will be happy to hear this – the stadium pitch speed indicator still clocked Goforth’s fastball at 94-96 in the eighth inning.
  3. Goforth’s start was almost identical to the one by Chad Pierce on Saturday.  Both went eight innings and both allowed two runs.  Not that the bullpen needed the rest after the 15 inning game on Friday night, but it was really nice to see both Pierce and Goforth go that deep into the ball game.
  4. Speaking of the bullpen, Tyler Cravy got in to Sunday’s game for the first time since July 7.  A walk and an error spoiled an otherwise uneventful outing by Cravy.  He has made eight appearances at since June 1.  His numbers since June: 15IP, 12H, 6R, 3ER, 3BB, 18K
  5. The error in the ninth inning kept the game going.  It was the third error of the game for the Rattlers.  In the first five games of this road trip, the Rattlers have ten errors.  That is not the defense that the Rattlers have been known for this season.  I think I know what they will be working on when they get back to the ballpark. (NOTE: After the game, two of the three errors on the Rattlers were changed to hits.  A kindly official scorer does not take away from the point that the defense needs to tighten up a bit.)
  6. Mike Garza snapped out of it at the plate today.  The two-run single with two outs in the first was huge.  Then, the two-run double with two outs in the fifth inning gave the Rattlers more than enough cushion.  Garza had three hits and no RBI in his first nine games with he Rattlers. Sunday it was two hits and four RBI.
  7. The second hit  by Garza was one of those chances to make an opponent pay for a mistake.  The TinCaps had misplayed a two out popup by Nick Ramirez into a single that put runners at the corners.  Garza drilled a double down the third base line to move the score from 3-2 to 5-2.
  8. Lance Roenicke had three hits and scored two runs on Sunday.  He’s at .408 (20-for-49) in 14 games with the Rattlers
  9. Oh, forgot to mention, Nick Ramirez was back in the lineup Sunday after missing two games.  He was hit by a pitch on his right hand on Thursday and sat out on Friday and Saturday.  His seventh inning home run was a high towering fly that hit on the concrete of the walkway at the top of the berm – beyond the green Vera Bradley sign.  The ball then bounced onto the seating area above beneath the scoreboard.  Click on the picture below this entry and marvel.  In case you can’t make it out, the white numbers on the girder below the Verizon 4G sign on the lower left hand corner of the scoreboard is 517…as in 517 feet.  One bounce or no, that is some great power from Ramirez.

The seventh inning home run by Nick Ramirez landed somewhere in this picture.

Lineup and Game Notes for July 15, 2012

From the Treetops section at Parkview Field.

Today’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Lance Roenicke – DH
Brandon Macias – 2B
Ben McMahan – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Mike Garza – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Rafael Neda – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Fort Wayne Starting Pitcher:
Cody Hebner

Timber Rattlers game notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly152012

Follow today’s game (2:05pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

Nine after 9 for July 14, 2012

Timber Rattlers 3
TinCaps 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Calm before

  1. Chad Pierce did pretty well for a pitcher who slept on the floor of a bus during a 5-hour bus ride from Ohio to Indiana.
  2. He was consistently in the low-90s – even into the eighth inning.  He kept his pitch count low – unofficially I had him at 98 pitches and he was in the strike zone (67 strikes).  
  3. However, be careful with those kick saves.  No seriously.  Pierce kicked at a pair of grounders through the middle.  He wasn’t hit by them.   He kicked at them and wound up with 1-3 putouts.  At least he didn’t try to knock them down with his pitching hand.  That would have been bad.
  4. Brandon Macias was hit by his 16th pitch of the season, drove in his 46th run of the season, and picked up his 22nd double of the year.  He is the team leader in the first two categories and trails only the promoted Jason Rogers, who had 24 doubles, in the last.
  5. Chadwin Stang bounced back from an 0-for-7 night on Friday with three hits, including his tenth bunt single of the season, on Saturday. 
  6. There were a couple of opportunities to add on to the three runs.  Runner at second with one out in the fifth, sixth, and seventh.  But, that runner never made it to third base.
  7. I talked a bit with David Chavarria about the closer situation in Lake County.  I asked about closer-by-committee to see if someone steps into the role now that Seth Harvey and Tommy Toledo has been promoted.  He responded with a no.  Different players will be tried in that spot, but not exclusively.  If a pitcher comes in in the eighth inning and is doing well, that guy will go back out for the ninth.  It is all about finding out how different guys respond in that spot.  And it’s also about not limiting a player in his first or second year of pro ball to a closer role.  The odds of pitcher who is a closer in the Midwest League to make it to the big leagues as a closer is, and this is just a guess, but to one would not be out of line.  Just note that I am not saying a closer at this level won’t make it to the big leagues.  Just that he won’t make it as a closer.  There is difference.
  8. How many? Walkoffs For and Walkoffs Agin are equal now at eight.  The last three road losses (July 6 @ Cedar Rapids; July 13 @ Lake County; and July 14 @ Fort Wayne) have been on walkoffs.
  9. Field of Dreams was on HBO Family at the hotel when I got home, er, back to the room. 
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