August 2012

Perry the Postponement Penguin sez….

Sorry, folks, park’s closed. Moose outside shoulda told ya.

No game on Thursday.  Rained out.

Doubleheader on Friday night.  Two seven inning games. Game one starts at 5:35pm.  There will be a 30 minute break between the end of game one and the start of game two.

Scheduled Pitching Matchups:
Game One: RHP Shaun Marcum v. RHP Cam Bedrosian
Game Two: RHP Mark Williams v. RHP Austin Wood

Yes. If you have a ticket for Friday’s game, it is good for both games…

As a reminder:

Tickets may be exchanged for a ticket of the same value (or upgraded) for any remaining 2012 Timber Rattlers regular season home game. (Based upon availability)

Rain checks can be exchanged in person at the Timber Rattler box office or over the phone by holding the tickets with a credit card.  Phone orders are held at the will call window and can be picked up by turning in the rain checks.  If the tickets are not picked up or the rain checks are not exchanged by the end of the game, the credit card will be charged.

Rain Tickets can NOT be exchanged online.

There will be NO REFUNDS on tickets.

Nine after 9 for Nine for August 8, 2012

Cedar Rapids 15
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

 

  1. Games like this happen. They just do.
  2. Read the game story and you’ll get a feeling for how Wednesday went for the Rattlers.
  3. Baseball is a stupid, cruel, vicious, ugly game.  Chadwin Stang’s 19-game hitting streak came to a very quiet end as he went 0-for-4
  4. You can’t figure baseball out either.  The Rattlers have been the best defensive team in the Midwest League all season long.  They committed three errors on Wednesday and seven errors in their last four games.
  5. Eswarlin Jimenez is a decent enough lefty.  After the game on Wednesday, he was 6-4 with a 3.67ERA.  But, he turns into Tom Glavine or Warren Spahn against Wisconsin.  His overall numbers against Wisconsin are in the story, but in three starts against the Rattlers in 2012, he is 3-0 and has allowed three earned runs on 15 hits in 17-2/3 innings… That’s an ERA of 1.53.
  6. Another data point to prove that you can’t figure out baseball: Cedar Rapids was 13-31 in the second half and 45-69 overall before the game.  They are 8-6 against the Rattlers this season.
  7. One last data point on the this game is stupid and you can’t figure it out.  The three games in which the Rattlers have allowed the most runs this season are all against Cedar Rapids.  The Kernels scored 15 on August 8, 14 on June 1, and 12 on July 6 against Wisconsin
  8. Baseball will make you crazy if you think too much about it.
  9. Baseball also keeps you coming back for more.  Another game on Thursday with Shaun Marcum as the starting pitcher.  Can’t wait to see what happens.

Wednesday’s Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes for August 8, 2012

Back to work

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Jacob Barnes

Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher:
Eswarlin Jimenez

Timber Rattlers Transactions:
RHP Matt Miller from Wisconsin to Brevard County
RHP Michael White from Helena to Wisconsin

Timber Rattlers Roster:
Timber_Rattlers_Roster_080812

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust82012

Cedar Rapids Roster:
8-07 Kernels Roster

Kernels Game Notes:
KernelsGame Notes 8-08

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)

Musical Interlude for August 7

Rattlers 4
Snappers 10
Boxscore | Game Story

I drove this trip.  Posting on the trip back is not an option.

So, in honor of Chadwin Stang reaching 19 games on his hitting streak – and the need to have a little something that is both smooth and mellow on the blog after the series finale in Beloit….

A little Steely Dan, if you please:

Lineup and Game Notes for August 7, 2012

Pohlman Field from the outside.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – LF
Max Walla – RF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Cameron Garfield – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Carlos George – CF
Rafael Neda – C
Adrian Williams – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Eric Semmelhack

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Tyler Jones

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust72012

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

Additionally:

Nine after 9 for August 6, 2012

Rattlers 3
Snappers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Picture of the moonrise didn’t work.*

  1. Goforth can’t avoid one bad inning.
  2. Sano hit the ball far. Again.
  3. Fast start for Macias. Seventh homer.
  4. Garfield’s power surge continues to impress.
  5. Two in game. Seven on season.
  6. Most team home runs since 2005.
  7. Down to last chance, Stang delivers.
  8. STOSH! Do not need five more.
  9. Tying runs aboard.  Late rally denied.

*- Trying ‘Six Word Stories‘ as experiment.

Not Papa. Just out of ideas.

Lineup and Game Notes for August 6, 2012

This is my view in Beloit when I take the advice of CCR and … doo, doo, doo, look out the back door … of the press box.

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Taylor Rogers

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust62012

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

Nine after 9 for August 5, 2012

Wisconsin 2
Beloit 8
Boxscore | Game Story

#14 for #33

  1. A couple of injury updates to start.  Stephen Peterson said that his ankle buckled when he went to field that bunt in the seventh inning last night. He was getting treatment before the game.  That will probably be the case over the next few days.
  2. Chadwin Stang said that he was feeling as good as he has ever felt last Sunday and Monday in Clinton.  Then, he tweaked something in the game against Burlington.  He mentioned that he probably could have played today, but the decision was made to hold him out for one more day.
  3. Chad Pierce made a mistake to Miguel Sano on a 3-2 pitch in the second inning. Miguel Freaking Sano hits mistakes a long way. He hit #22 of the season in the second over the wall in right-center. 
  4. Pierce made a lot of pitches today.  Unofficially, I had him at 98 pitches (63 strikes) in four innings.  The third inning had a lot to do with that.  Pierce would get the first two outs in the the third inning, but two singles, a walk, and an error led to two unearned runs against him in the third inning.  Get this…those were the first two unearned runs against Pierce this season.
  5. It’s a little depressing, but the Rattlers probably don’t score that run in the top of the fourth inning if JD Williams doesn’t lose the flyball from Ben McMahan in the SUN.  That hit moved Cameron Garfield to third instead of leaving him at second base.  Mike Garza‘s sacrifice fly to left would have been the final out of the inning.
  6. Rattlers Grand Slams for = 2; Rattlers Grand Slams against = 4…FOUR?!?…Sigh…four.
  7. Kevin Shackelford hasn’t allowed a run since the TinCaps scored two off him in the bottom of the ninth on July 14.  He worked two scoreless innings to extend his scoreless streak to nine innings over four appearances.
  8. Nick Ramirez crushed his 14th home run of the season. He hit it off a lefty.  It was his second off a left-hander this season and there was no doubt.
  9. I’m a little upset. The Timber Rattlers play the Beloit Snappers seven times in Beloit in two weeks and I am going miss the day that they are going to wear Tuxedo Jerseys.  I like to picture a baseball game where the players are wearing tuxedo jerseys because it says they want to be formal, but they’re here to party…and play baseball.

Lineup and Game Notes for August 5, 2012

A photo taken at 11am from the deck down the right field line shows They are lining up to see the Rattlers in Beloit today!*

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

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Pierce

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
David Hurlbut

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:
RattlersGameNotesAugust52012

Follow today’s game (2:00pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

*-They may actually be lining up early for the Prince Fielder Beast Mode Bobblehead. But, that’s just a guess.

Nine after 9 for August 4, 2012

Rattlers 2
Snappers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

That’s that with that.

  1. First – which is kind of obvious since this is point #1 – no report on Stephen Peterson.  He left after the sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh.  He slipped on the turf or the mound going after the bunt.  Even after the injury he got to the ball and threw to first for the out.
  2. Also, no report on Chadwin Stang, who has not played the last two days.  Stang is still on a 17-game hitting streak.
  3. I thought of a quote from Rounders – which itself was a quote – to relate to Matt Miller‘s performance in Beloit as I was gathering my thoughts for tonight’s column.  It was Mike McDermott who said: “Like Papa Wallenda said, ‘Life is on the wire, the rest is just waiting.'”
  4. Shhhh….Miller has ten wins on the season (10-7) now and is 7-2 since his loss at Beloit on June 2 when he gave up seven runs on ten hits in four innings.  After that game his ERA was at 4.57.  That ERA has dropped – bit by bit – to 3.68 since.
  5. On Saturday, he went six innings with one run allowed and the Snappers were 0-for-5 against him with runners in scoring position
  6. For the second day in a row, the Rattlers denied the opponents as they tried to steal a run with runners on the corners.  On Friday, Adrian Williams held the runner at third as he took the throw and ran the would-be thief down between first and second.  on Saturday, the throw from Rafael Neda went through to second and Yadiel Rivera threw right back to the plate to get that runner. D! FENCE!…D! FENCE!
  7. Michael Strong. I am out of words. Just go look at his page and see his numbers and his splits and everything.
  8. STOSH! was – once again a ridiculously good as his mustache.  Here’s his page.  Look, O ye hitters, and despair.
  9. But seriously.  You can’t get more into a more high leverage situation than Miguel FREAKING Sano up with the tying run at first and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning and you strike him out to get him.  The next four outs were just icing on the cake.  STOSH!
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