July 2012

Lineup and Game Notes for July 9, 2012

Your seat is waiting for you today.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Kane County Starting Pitcher:
Kyle Smith

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly92012

Follow today’s game (12:05pm first pitch):
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July 8, 2012 Highlights

Sorry. Last night got away from me.

Consider Nine after 9 for Sunday’s 10-0 win over Kane County all of the highlights from the production crew.

Lineup and Game Notes for July 8, 2012

Another beautiful day for baseball!

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Pierce

Kane County Starting Pitcher:
Bryan Brickhouse

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly82012

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Nine after 9 for July 7, 2012

Kane County 5
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  1. Cameron Garfield showed some of his pop on Saturday.  He turned around a 94mph fastball from Angel Baez and lined it out for a no doubt home run.  Second homer of the season for Garfield.
  2. Home runs:
    2012: 60
    2011: 76
    2010: 81
    2009: 62
    2008: 60
    2007: 71
    The home runs for 2012 are through 85 games.  The home runs for 2009, 2010, and 2011 are for the entire season.  This year’s version has a bit more pop.
  3.  The Rattlers are also on a power surge.  They have hit at least one home run in nine straight games.  Wisconsin has hit 14 homers during the streak.  I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I can guarantee that a nine-game home run streak hasn’t happened in a long time.
  4. Welcome back, Alan Williams: 2IP, H, 0R, 2K.  Looked good.  And now the Rattlers have three left-handed relievers as an option out of the bullpen.
  5. Take another look at the double play turned by the Rattlers in the ninth inning.  That is some heads up defense by Yadiel Rivera to get over and cover third base.  Very good throw from Nick Ramirez back to third base, too.
  6. Matt Miller hit two batters…well, the same batter twice…on Saturday night.  I didn’t realize this, but he has hit 12 batters in 99-1/3 innings.  That seems like a lot, but it comes with pitching inside.  Unfortunately, that guy scored both times he was put on first base tonight.
  7. Mike Garza had a rough start with the Timber Rattlers as he went 0-for-4 and stranded five runners.  Better days ahead for him.
  8. I can’t tell you how nice it was to see a game played with the temperature below melting point of lead.
  9. Just to touch on the business side of things.  Tonight’s game drew 5,366.  Great crowd and great weather. Come on back.

Lineup and Game Notes for July 7, 2012

The manager of the Timber Rattlers.

 

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

Wisconsin’s Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Kane County’s Starting Pitcher:
Angel Baez

Timber Rattlers Roster Moves:
Tyler Roberts, Mitch Haniger, and Carlos George to the DL
Mike Garza, Adrian Williams, and Alan Williams to the Rattlers from Helena

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster:
Timber_Rattlers_Roster_070712

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly72012

Follow tonight’s game (6:35pm first pitch):
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Nine after 9 for July 6, 2012

Rattlers 11
Kernels 12
Boxscore | Game Story

In the words of Bugs Bunny in What’s Opera, Doc? “What? You were expecting a happy ending?!”

  1. Putting the end result aside for a moment – and possibly for longer than that.  What a game! Matt Erickson stopped at my spot on the bus after we were on the road out of town. “I thought we stole that one,” he said.  I thought so, too.
  2. I know that I’ve talked a lot about how this Timber Rattlers team doesn’t give up and keeps fighting to the last out or last swing or last whatever.  This game should cement that thought in your minds.
  3. Look at it this way. The Rattlers were down 10-3 with five outs left to play in the game.  Yeah, the bases were loaded. But, Max Walla was facing lefty reliever Stephen Tromblee.  Max was 7-for-50 (Corrected: Was originally 7-for-49) against  left-handers before the at bat in the eighth against Tromblee.  Tromblee is really good against both left-handers and right-handers.  He pulls a ball into the corner for a triple and the Rattlers are within 10-6.
  4. There were other plate appearances in that inning that drove in runs and were a lot flashier in the boxscore, but I want to point to the walk Adrian Williams drew after Walla’s triple.  He was down in the count 1-2.  If Williams, who arrived after the game started and entered the game as a pinch runner, makes an out there that kills the momentum and I am writing about a different “What might have been” situation.  Instead, he fouls off some pitches, works the count full, draws a walk, and sets up the rest of the inning.  Welcome back, @A__Williams13.
  5. There were two bunt singles tonight.  One was a good bunt single.  The other wasn’t.  Gary Mitchell has been one of the Kernels to have been frustrated by the Rattlers defensive shift all season.  He dropped a bunt single down the third base line to lead off an inning on Friday.  There was no score when he bunted.  Gary Mitchell is 6’4″, 235 pounds with 11 home runs.  He was immediately erased on a double play.  Then, Chadwin Stang was up with runners at the corners with one out in the eighth.  Stang can homer and has been on a tear of late.  But he can also strike out.  He bunted up the third base line to score Walla, reach first base and move the inning along to the next guys.  Pick the good bunt single and the bad bunt single.
  6. The next guys were Lance Roenicke (infield single) and Brandon Macias (bloop single to knock in a run)
  7. Ben McMahan, who started the inning with a single, completed the comeback with a triple.  McMahan had two at bats with the bases loaded earlier in the series.  He had grounded out to knock in a run on Wednesday.  Then, he flew out to right in the fifth inning on Friday night.  Third time is a charm!  I thought he had hit it out, but it’s 390′ to that part of the outfield.  An opposite field triple by McMahan and it’s 11-10 Rattlers.
  8. This is where we tip the cap to the other team.  Tromblee really could have folded after that, but he bounces back to strike out the next two batters and keep it a one run game.  Rattlers could have tacked on a few more there.  Zach Borenstein with a monster game.  4-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, six RBI. Game winning home run.  Saved the day.  If you remember back to Wednesday’s game, Borenstein made the final out in a one-run game by popping up the first pitch from Toledo.  He more than made up for that on Friday night. Darn him.
  9. This is a pretty resilient bunch of players.  I – and maybe you – will dwell on this for a bit longer.  But, not this group.  Thinking too long about a game like Friday will make you crazy if you are a player.  Plus, the staff won;t let them think about it too long.  The coaching staff offered words of encouragement and pride to the players on the bus as it loaded after the game.  Encouragement to keep plugging away through the next couple of days and Pride in not packing it in to get on the bus faster when they were down seven in the eighth.  In the words of the philosopher Jake Hoyt: It’s all about smiles and cries. You gotta control your smiles and cries, because that’s all you have and nobody can take that away from you.

Musical Interlude for July 6, 2012

We are getting closer to our home.

 

Lineup and Game Notes for July 6, 2012

A view from outside Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Thompson

Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher:
Michael Johnson

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly62012

Kernels Game Notes:
KernelsGame Notes 7-06

Follow tonight’s game (6:35pm first pitch):
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Nine after 9 for July 5, 2012

Rattlers 3
Kernels 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Find the hot air balloon.  Also, click to see some of the distances on the outfield fence.  This will be important later in the post.

  1. No official injury updates from anyone.  But, Sweet Hippocrates, this is ridiculous.  Greg Hopkins didn’t make the trip.  Lance Roenicke was a late scratch in game one of the Cedar Rapids series. Last night Carlos George got hit by a pitch on his throwing hand.  Mitch Haniger went out of Thursday’s game in after grounding out to short in the third inning – he didn’t make it to first and limped back to the dugout.  Rafael Neda needed some attention after grounding out to end Thursday’s game.  And those are just the situations about which I know.
  2. To the game.  Your team leader in home runs is Yadiel Rivera.  Get this: He got into a 3-1 count by laying off a couple of pitches outside the zone and cracked a home run to the picnic deck in left field for his ninth of the season.  That wall is around 16′ high and 315′ from home plate.
  3. Rivera would have had two homers in just about any other stadium in the Midwest League.  In  his next at bat, he hammered a 2-1 pitch to left-center.  The ball hit on the warning track and bounced over the wall at the ’407 marker.  More of that, please.
  4. Michael Strong struck out eight in four scoreless innings on Thursday.  He also had a 9K performance earlier this season.  On the year: 20IP, 14BB, 26K.
  5. Key play #1:  Score is 2-2, two outs, runner at first in the bottom of the second. Kevin Shackelford gets the grounder and then…E-4.  Inning continues to Eric Stamets and he singles in a run to make it 3-2.
  6. Key play #2: Score is 3-3, two outs, runner at second in the bottom of the fourth.  Shackelford gets Stamets to send a hard grounder back to the box.  But, the ball takes a high bounce.  Shackelford leaps and the ball deflects off his glove.   Runners at the corners
  7. Key play #3: With Alex Yarbrough at the plate, Stamets steals second base.  The Rattlers defense seemed concerned that the runner at third base could break for the plate and that let Stamets get into the base.
  8. Key play #4: Yarbrough singles to drive in two runs.  Kernels go up 5-3 and that would be your final.
  9. Max Walla threw out a runner at third as he tried to go from first to third on a one-hop single to right.  Not a good idea.  That was Walla’s sixth outfield assist and the 25th of the season for the Rattlers. Run at your peril.

Lineup and Game Notes for July 5, 2012

He played in Cedar Rapids in 1991.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Mitch Haniger – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Ben McMahan – LF
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Max Walla – RF
Rafael Neda – C
Carlos George – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Kevin Shackelford

Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher:
Frank De Jiulio

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesJuly52012

Kernels Game Notes:
KernelsGame Notes 7-05

Follow tonight’s game (6:35pm first pitch):
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