July 2012

Lineup and Game Notes for July 14, 2012

Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Max Walla – RF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Ben McMahan – LF
Cameron Garfield – C
Mike Garza – 1B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Rafael Neda – C
Adrian Williams – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Pierce

Fort Wayne Starting Pitcher:
Matt Wisler

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly142012

Follow tonight’s game (6:05pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
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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.
  10. BONUS: Turn the page:

Musical Interlude

No retreat. No surrender.

Apt for this Rattlers team, no?

 

Lineup and Game Notes for July 13, 2012

A view from 400′ from home plate at Classic Park

Tonight’s Lineup (UPDATED 4pm EDT):
Chadwin Stang – CF
Max Walla – RF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Ben McMahan – LF
Cameron Garfield – C
Mike Garza – 1B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Tyler Roberts – DH
Adrian Williams – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Lake County Starting Pitcher:
Mason Radeke

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly132012

Follow today’s game (6:00pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
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This is the players’ entrance to the field.

Nine after 9 for July 12, 2012

Rattlers 5
Captains 3
Boxscore | Game Story

The last out

  1. That was fun. Early, but fun.
  2. Yeah. I’m going to save the last four points for the double plays today, so here’s a start with Chad Thompson with a 4-2/3 scoreless innings after the three-run homer four batters into the game.  That was the tenth home run given up by Thompson, but he bounced back and made sure the offense didn’t have to dig out of a really deep hole on Thursday.
  3. Mike Garza had his first extra-base hit of the season today.  A lead off line drive double to right field – the opposite field for him. Then, Lance Roenicke drove him in with a single.  Roenicke with a couple of hits and a couple of RBI.  He’s hitting .405
  4. A big offensive flurry in the top of the sixth. Brandon Macias doubles. Ben McMahan, who also had a couple of RBI, drives in Macias with a single.  Then, Nick Ramirez one-hopped the wall in right for an RBI double. Garza with some situational hitting moves Ramirez to third. Then, Roenicke lines a pitch through the drawn-in infield.  From 3-2 down to 5-3 up in five batters.
  5. Scary moment in the eighth when Ramirez was hit on his right hand with a pitch.  That was the hand he needed surgery on after he broke his hamate bone in the spring.  Ramirez would stay in the game, but the possibility of him coming out of the game was there.  I thought it might happen because – after the inning – Max Walla had to run from the Rattlers dugout on the third base side of the to the clubhouse to get another first baseman’s glove.  The clubhouse is beyond the right field fence and it is not easy to get there.  Fortunately, he was not needed to come into the game, but Walla will probably remember to bring that glove to the dugout in the future. 
  6. Double play #1:  Chad Thompson on the hill.  Bottom 2nd. Runner at first. No outs.  Lake County leads 3-2.  Zach MacPhee hits a sharp grounder to Yadiel Rivera. An easy 6-4-3 double play.
  7. Double play #2: Jacob Barnes on the hill. Bottom 6th. Runners at first and second. One out. Rattlers up 5-3.  This one was a little confusing.  Jerrud Sabourin sends a low line drive to short. Rivera appeared to drop the ball intentionally.  Rivera went over to tag the runner at second. But, that runner was standing on the base. So. Rivera stepped on second for the force and an easy throw to first got Sabourin by a lot because he thought Rivera caught the ball and was barely 30 feet down the line.
  8. Double play #3: Barnes on the hill.  Bottom 7th. Runners at first and second. No outs. Rattlers up 5-3.  Leonardo Castillo  popped up a bunt attempt. Barnes charged off the mound and made the catch about 35 feet up the third base line in fair territory.  He whirled and threw to second to double off that runner.
  9. Double play #4:  Barnes on the hill.  Bottom 8th. Runners at first and second. One out. Rattlers up 5-3.  Jordan Smith at the plate. This one belongs in a museum.  Songs need to be sung and poems need to be written about this play.  If this play were at home, the highlight would be the #1 play of the video board era at Time Warner Cable Field.  Smith, who had hit a three-run homer in the first inning, looked for all the world to have lined an RBI single to center, which would have made things…difficult.  Instead, Rivera, who was shading Smith up the middle, made a dive and snared the liner. The runner at second has 3/4 of the to third base before he realized what had happened. Rivera happened. If I were programmed for human emotion, that play may have been able to move me to shed a tear.  It was beautiful.

Victory walk or just a regular walk to the clubhouse.

Musical Interlude for July 12

Timber Rattlers 5
Captains 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Nine after 9 will be along later tonight.

Lineup and Game Notes for July 12, 2012

From the top of the bleacher section that Cameron Garfield and Yadiel Rivera used for target practice on Wednesday night.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Thompson

Lake County Starting Pitcher:
Shawn Morimando

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly122012

Timber Rattlers Roster Move:
RHP Tommy Toledo transferred to Brevard County Manatees

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster:
Timber_Rattlers_Roster_071212

Follow today’s game (10:00am CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
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Nine after 9 for July 11, 2012

Rattlers 11
Captains 8
Boxscore | Game Story

SAFE!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.  
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

 

Into the lead.

Lineup and Game Notes for July 11, 2012

A radio guy’s eye view of Classic Park, the home of the lake County Captains.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Mark Williams

Lake County Starting Pitcher:
Cody Anderson

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly112012

Follow tonight’s game (6:00pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

July 9, 2012 Highlights

Kane County 4
Wisconsin 6
Boxscore | Game Story

I’ll be honest. I am beat and am not sure if I will get to Nine after 9 tonight.  For now, enjoy the highlights and take a look at the pitching matchups for the Lake County series:

WED: RHP Mark Williams (5-6, 2.86) v. RHP Cody Anderson (4-5, 3.11) 6:00pm CDT
THU: RHP Chad Thompson (3-2, 4.79) v. LHP Shawn Morimando (3-2, 3.90) 10:00am CDT
FRI: RHP Matt Miller (7-6, 4.17) v. RHP Mason Radeke (5-3, 3.23) 6:00pm CDT

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