August 2012

Lineup and Game Notes for August 15, 2012

Getting ready.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Shaun Marcum (60 pitches)

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Cole Johnson

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust152012

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Nine after 9 for August 13, 2012

Clinton 4
Wisconsin  7
Boxscore | Game Story

Series win!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Wisconsin scored two more runs in the first inning.  They have outscored opponents 86-49 in the first inning this season.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Monday’s Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes for August 13, 2012

Seeing triple.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Eric Semmelhack

Clinton Starting Pitcher:
Seon-Gi Kim

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust132012

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Highlights for August 12, 2012

Clinton 9
Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Bronson is just chillin’.  I’m taking the lead from Bronson.  Now. Where’s my bandana?

A few notes on Sunday’s game:

  • Good to see Greg Hopkins hit a homer and drive in three runs.  It was his first since June 9 and – more importantly – it was his first since he missed all that time after being hit in the head by a pitch on June 30.  If the Rattlers are going to make a run in the playoffs, they will need Hopkins.
  • David Goforth set a single game high as a pro for strikeouts in a game with six.  But, he also walked five and gave up five runs on eight hits.  He just didn’t look comfortable today.  He’ll turn it around.
  • Do you think Clinton was a little fired up to play this weekend?  They had scored 28 runs on 79 hits in the first 12 meetings with the Rattlers.  In the first two games against the Rattlers in this series, they have scored 17 runs on 27 hits.  That’s a little ridiculous….and not the cool kind of ridiculous.
  • Cameron Garfield with two more hits and his hitting streak has reached five games.  He is 9-for-18 in that streak.  That’s .500, right?
  • Unrelated to the game, I just want to thank the Petersons and Duane Cravy for their thoughtful gifts today.  They were unnecessary and unexpected, but very much appreciated.  Thank you.  I’ll get some pictures of them up on twitter later.
  • Get some sleep. Another game tomorrow.

Sunday’s Highlights:

 

Lineup and Game Notes for August 12, 2012

Last night

 

This morning

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Clinton Starting Pitcher:
Jordan Shipers

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust122012

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Highlights for August 11, 2012

LumberKings 8
Timber Rattlers 9
FINAL – 13 innings
Boxscore | Game Story

Saturday’s Highlights:

Quick turnaround for the day game on Sunday so….

That was walkoff win #10 for the Rattlers this season.  The only team from the west they did not walkoff this season was Quad Cities.

That was the third walkoff hit for Nick Ramirez this season.  His others:
May 16 vs Burlington for a 5-4 win in ten innings
May 20 vs. Kane County for a 7-6 win in nine innings

A fireworks show at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium may not start after 11:00pm.  Ramirez delivered the game winning hit at 10:55pm.  Thanks, Nick.

Get some sleep.

Lineup & Game Notes for August 11, 2012

Jimmy Buffett Night

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Pierce

Clinton Starting Pitcher:
Mayckol Guiape

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust112012

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Mehring’s Favorite Buffett Song since he was about 20…which is not weird at all:

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.

Lineup & Game Notes for August 10, 2012

The sky is blue. The grass is green. Let’s play two, with 30 minutes in between.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitchers:
Game one: Shaun Marcum
Game two: Mark Williams

Cedar Rapids Starting Pitchers:
Game one: Cam Bedrosian
Game two: Austin Wood

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust102012

Cedar Rapids Game Notes:
KernelsGame Notes 8-10

Follow tonight’s games (5:35pm CDT first pitch for game one):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
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Let’s play two!

Meet Darius the doubleheader dolphin!

Mi nombre es Darius.

Darius says, “Vamos a jugar dos.”

At the risk of explaining the “joke”.

I used to live on “The Far Side”.

Game one starts at 5:35pm. Shaun Marcum starts game one and Mark Williams starts the nightcap for the Rattlers.

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