Postgame post – September 2, 2012

Timber Rattlers 4
Burlington 2
Box score | Game Story

Sunday’s game remind you of anything?
Rattlers offense scores three runs in the first inning (Outscored opponents 96-54 in the first inning)
Rattlers offense strikes out sixteen times in the game (Their 1,177 are the most in the MWL)

David Goforth won his 10th game of the season.  He went five innings and allowed two runs.  Goforth’s most impressive feat on Sunday was the GO:AO ratio of 12:3.  His first inning consisted of three straight grounders to Yadiel Rivera. No strikeouts, but he joins Matt Miller as the only 10-game winner on the staff this season.

Yeah. I know. Pitching wins don’t matter.  Okay.  How about this:
Goforth didn’t miss a start this season.  He made 28 starts and reached 150-2/3 innings pitched.  Goforth tied the Timber Rattlers record for starts in a season (Paul Fagan also had 28 in 2006) and became the first Rattlers pitcher since Fagan to reach 150 innings in a season.

Goforth’s First Half: 14 starts, 5-4, 5.56ERA, 68IP, 31BB, 37K, GO/AO 1.37
Goforth’s Second Half: 14 starts, 5-4, 3.92ERA, 82.2IP, 32BB, 56K, GO/AO 1.51

Other Notes:
Yadiel Rivera had three hits on Sunday.  His average is up to .247.  Rivera was hitting .218 after the game on August 8.  He has a hit in 18 of the 21 games since.  Ten of those games are multi-hit games for Rivera.

Michael Strong came back, um, strong on Sunday with a 1-2-3 9th that included two strikeouts
Strong in July: Seven games; 17.1IP, 9H, 2R, 3BB, 26K
Strong in August: Six games; 9.1IP; 14H, 13R, 8ER, 9BB, 16K

The Reason there is a doubleheader on Monday:
Oddly, the fact that Kane County beat Peoria 5-4 in ten innings – in a game that started at 6:30pm on a Sunday – had nothing to do with Monday’s season ending twinbill.

The Rattlers were tied with Beloit for the best record in the Midwest League heading into Sunday.  The Rattlers are up a game on the Snappers after Beloit lost 2-1 to Quad Cities on Sunday.  BUT, the doubleheader will need to be played on Monday because Beloit still has a chance to finish ahead of the Rattlers in the overall division race.  If the Rattlers and Snappers meet in the second round, the team with the best overall record would host game two and game three in the Western Division Finals.

The fact that Burlington needs to win one game on Monday or hope that Kane County loses their season finale just adds a little spice to the games.

Just a note: Beloit’s first round opponent is going to be Clinton.  Clinton has won nine in a row , 16 of their last 17 games, and are 25-7 since the start of August.

Game one pitching matchup:
WIS: Chad Thompson
BUR: Blake Hassebrock

Game two pitching matchup, IF Rattlers win game one:
WIS: Eric Semmelhack and the relievers
BUR: AJ Cole

Game two pitching matchup, IF Bees win game one*:
WIS: Eric Semmelhack and the relievers
BUR: TBA…probably a RHP

*-Peoria at Kane County starts at 1pm.  If Kane County loses this game, watch for a BUR TBA in game two, too.

Rattlers rotation looks like this to start:

GAME ONE: RHP Jacob Barnes
GAME TWO: RHP Chad Pierce

GAME THREE – if necessary –  (or GAME ONE of 2nd round): RHP David Goforth

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