Nine after 9 for August 10, 2012

Marcum

Game one:
Cedar Rapids 4
Wisconsin 6
Box Score | Game Story

Game one highlights:

 

SHIFT

Game two:
Cedar Rapids 0
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Game two highlights:

 

  1. Sweeeeeep!
  2. The fast start in game one helped a lot, I am thinking and credit must given to Rattlers manager Matt Erickson.  He put a defensive-centric lineup on the field for game one and said that they would score some runs, too.  Lo, the manager has spaketh.  Maybe he does know what he is doing.
  3. Ben McMahan has NINE triples this season.  He is tied with Chadwin Stang for the team lead – and for third in the Midwest League – in that category.
  4. Shaun Marcum had 40 pitches to work with on Friday night.  He used 36 of them and 26 were strikes. Marcum is scheduled to pitch in Beloit on August 15 as the starting pitcher.
  5. STOSH! stays ridiculously good.  He pitched another 1-2/3 scoreless innings and pitched around a couple of walks for his third save of the season.  His scoreless streak has reached 18-2/3 ininngs with seven straight scoreless games.  His mustache has reached awesome.
  6. Props must be given to the prognosticating prowess of pitching coach David Chavarria, too.  He brought up Mark Williams to start game two despite Friday being Chad Pierce’s turn in the rotation.  It was noted that – in his last two relief appearances – Williams only went one inning in one and two innings in the other.  He was asked how many innings would be able to go, “All seven”.  As it is spoken so shall it be done.
  7. Williams wasn’t overpowering, but he did move the ball around a lot on the Kernels hitters.  High and Low. Inside and Out. They were swinging and Williams was missing bats.  A lot of them.  Of his eleven strikeouts, only one was looking.  That’s good. Right?
  8. Brandon Macias was grazed by a pitch in the fourth inning of game two.  It was the 19th time he has been hit by a pitch this season.  He broke the Timber Rattlers single season record for being hit by a pitch.  I made kind of a big deal about it in the game two highlights.  Totally worth it.
  9. The shift is ridiculous.  But, so help me, it works.  It also drives Cedar Rapids hitters crazy. In the sixth inning of game one, Gary Mitchell was up with the tying runs on base and two outs.  He hit a grounder to the right of second base, but Yadiel Rivera was right there, I mean, RIGHT THERE to handle the routine grounder.  An inning earlier, Adrian Williams was playing short right and Frazier Hall and Zach Borenstein both hit grounders right to Williams for 4-3 ground outs.  They both went back to the dugout shaking their heads and muttering to themselves.

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