August 2012

Monday’s Highlights

Peoria 1
Wisconsin 8
Boxscore | Game Story

The first pitch for Tuesday’s game is in less than 12 hours.

Kyle from Brew Crew Ball was at the game and filed this report with quotes and features and details.  Head over there, please.

Sleep fast, everyone.  See you in the morning. 

Monday’s Highlights:

Lineup & Game Notes for August 20, 2012

Running.

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

Wisconsin’s Starting Pitcher:
Shaun Marcum

Peoria’s Starting Pitcher:
Joe Zeller

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust202012

Chiefs Game Notes:
PeoriaAugust20GameNotes

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)

Video Highlights for August 19, 2012

Peoria 4
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Wes Darvill was due against Wisconsin.  He had a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning to drive in a big insurance run.  Why do I say he was due?  This tweet from @PeoriaChiefs answers: Wisconsin had retired Darvill 32 straight AB dating to 4/13 before RBI single, which came off the only LHP on Wis roster. 4-2 Chiefs in 8th.  Darvill is now 2-for-40 in ten games against the Timber Rattlers.

This is a picture taken with Ben McMahan at the plate in the ninth inning:

Five minutes later, it was pouring rain. Fifteen minutes later, there was hail. Thirty minutes later, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

Apologies for the brevity of these postgame reports of late.  If you have been listening for the last week, you will know that I am fighting a horrible cold/cough.  Plus, I drove to Beloit on my own and there’s a combo of night game, day game, night game, day game with very little time for sleep.

The machine does break down occasionally.  Trying to fine tune it for the last few regular season games and the postseason.

Sunday’s Highlights

Lineup & Game Notes for August 19, 2012

This is a day made for baseball!

Today’s lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Ben McMahan – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Cameron Garfield – C
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Lance Roenicke – DH
Max Walla – RF
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Thompson

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Yao-Lin Wang

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust192012

Chiefs Game Notes:
PeoriaAugust19GameNotes

Follow today’s game (1:05pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (subscribers only)

Timber Rattlers highlights – August 18, 2012

Chiefs 9
Rattlers 2
Boxscore | Game Story

A few thoughts.

Peoria scored six of their nine runs with two outs.

Here’s a sneak peek for the game notes tomorrow (and a hat tip to the Rattlers official scorer for this):

TRIPLE DOUBLE:  Ben McMahan hit his 11th triple of the season on Friday night.  McMahan also has 20 doubles and 11 home runs this season.  He is the second Rattler to have double digits in doubles, triples, and homers for a season.  The other player to record a “triple-double”  in those three offensive categories is Chris Colton.  In 2004, Colton had 18 doubles, 11 triples, and 12 homers.

Looking back at some old Appleton Foxes seasons on Baseball-Reference.com, we couldn’t find any players who had reached double digits in doubles, triples, and homers.

Colton had 15 stolen bases in 2004.  McMahan has eight steals this season.  Keep your eye on that one.

Not making the game notes tomorrow, but obvious on the results for the night, but Jorge Soler is pretty good.  4-for-5, long homer, rocket double, stolen base, two RBI.

Get them tomorrow.

Saturday’s Highlights

Lineup and Game Notes – August 18, 2012

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – RF
Carlos George – CF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Ben McMahan – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – DH
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Rafael Neda – C
Adrian Williams – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Michael Jensen

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust182012

Follow tonight’s game (6:35pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (subscribers only)

Lineup and Game Notes for August 17, 2012

Watching. Waiting.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Pierce

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Tyler Jones

Timber Rattlers Roster Moves:
LHP Stephen Peterson placed on disabled list
RHP Chad Thompson activated from disabled list

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster:
Timber_Rattlers_Roster_081712

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust172012

Follow tonight’s game (7:00pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

Postgame thoughts – August 16, 2012

Rattlers 6
Snappers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

The first big strikeout.

I’ve been staring at this blank computer screen – and watching an excellent episode of Burn Notice (directed by Jonathan Frakes and co-starring Epic Win Guy, the guy from the Direct TV commericals with the miniature giraffes, as the antagonist) – for the last 90 minutes or so.

And I as stared at the blank screen and decided to write a sentence with as many parenthetical asides as I could.  Mission accomplished.

Also, I decided that cold medicine is fun.

Now, as to the 6-5 Rattlers win over the Beloit Snappers from Thursday night.  I can only think of a series of posts for the offseason that will be titled: Mehring’s Rules for Midwest Leaguers.

Rule #8 will be: If you are the road team, there is no such thing as an easy win in Beloit.  I don’t have the numbers in front of me*, but I am pretty sure that the margin of victory for road teams at Pohlman Field is 0.3 runs.

Appropriate song goes here:

In closing, Cameron Garfield on a hot streak, Mark Williams with his seventh win, Lance Roenicke with his first home run, Kevin Shackelford scoreless, and STOSH!‘s bend but don’t break ninth inning.  Read the game story for details.

*-If I did have the numbers in front of me, I am convinced that they would stand up and do a barbershop quartet version of that song that goes, “Remember all the things that you and I did first? And now you’re doing them her”.

Lineup & Game Notes for August 16, 2012

King Felix, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Class of 2003 Photo Credit: Otto Greule/Getty Images

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Mark Williams

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Jason Wheeler

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust162012

Follow tonight’s game (7:00pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

Musical Interlude for August 15, 2012

Rattlers 10
Snappers 13
Boxscore | Game Story

I don’t know what else I can add to this one. Read the game story. That about covers it.

Apologies, I am battling what you humans call a cold.  I am told that the best medicine is highlights from a perfect game by a former Rattlers pitcher :

Felix Hernandez Perfect game

and Green Grass & High Tides forever:

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