Nine after 9 for August 13, 2012
- The Timber Rattlers played five three-game series against Clinton in 2012. The Rattlers went 12-3 against the LumberKings, a potential playoff opponent. Wisconsin took two of three from them in this series.
- Matt Erickson was ejected in the second inning. He thought that Kevin Rivers was offered with a bunt attempt on a pitch that hit the Clinton batter. This was the second game in a row that the Rattlers manager disagreed with the call by this umpiring crew on that same kind of call. On Sunday, Chris Taylor tried a sacrifice bunt and was hit on the hand. It was ruled a hit batsman and Erickson thought that call was wrong. On Monday, Matt disagreed with the call and apparently said a magic word after the base umpire declined to rule that Rivers attempted to bunt. That got him run from the game.
- Wisconsin scored two more runs in the first inning. They have outscored opponents 86-49 in the first inning this season.
- I mentioned this on twitter, but it’s worth a mention here for those of you who who do not follow me. Yadiel Rivera had a 12-pitch at bat in the second inning. He was down 0-2 after swinging at the first two pitches – the second on a check swing that he didn’t think was a swing. From there the sequence went: foul, ball, foul, ball, ball, foul, foul, foul, foul, grounder to third. It may have ended in a 5-3 grounder, but that kind of at bat was still good to see from Rivera.
- I’ve mentioned the number of times Brandon Macias has been hit this season – 20 and counting. But, it’s time to mention how many times he has hit back. Macias went 2-for-5 with two singles on Monday to give him 113 hits this season.
- Greg Hopkins with two more RBI on Monday. He’s at 46 on the season now and had five in the last two games. If Hopkins gets hot – like we have seen him get over the last two season, that will be a great thing for the Timber Rattlers.
- Nick Ramirez walked twice and was walked intentionally one time in the game. He also drove in his 60th run of the game. He continues to put together a very nice season.
- Eric Semmelhack scattered six hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over five innings to get his second win with Wisconsin. Semmelhack mixed in five strikeouts.
- Congratulations to Mark Williams. He is now a 2-time Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. The award was announced late in the afternoon and there was a note added on to the game story. I did want to mention it here, too. Williams 2 games, one start, one complete game. 8 innings pitched, six hits, 13 strikeouts and 1-0.