The Day After & The Day Before

Game Two
Fort Wayne 5
Wisconsin 1
(Best-of-five Series tied 1-1)


Roundup of stories on Game Two:

The Post Crescent

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

The Journal-Gazette story notes that Travis Jankowski, the TinCaps leadoff hitter and center fielder is out for the rest of the playoffs:

Travis Jankowski suffered a rib fracture and will miss the rest of the series, according to Valentin. The outfielder was hit by a pitch in the top of the first. He left the game when the inning ended.

Also, the Fond du Lac Reporter has this Chad Pierce-centric article.

Long story short. Rattlers held to two hits.  Wisconsin’s offense is hitting .185 in the playoffs.

Other Playoff Stats and Notes:
Pierce allowed three runs – two earned – over seven innings.  That would make seven quality starts – in seven playoff games – for Wisconsin starting pitchers.
Thursday was the first time in the post season run for this Rattlers team they allowed more than four runs
It was the sixth time the Rattlers have scored four or fewer runs.
Nick Ramirez hit his third homer of the playoffs.  That gives him 19 total on the season.
The two runs in the ninth inning for the TinCaps were the first two allowed by the Rattlers bullpen in the postseason.
Fort Wayne relievers Johnny Barbato and Matt Stites are going to be a tad bit of trouble in the late innings.
The Timber Rattlers wrap the 2012 season with a home record – playoffs included – of 46-29.

The team is on the bus to Fort Wayne right now.  Game Three of the best-of-five Finals is Saturday night.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT at Parkview Field.

The two pitchers that lead their respective teams in wins will take the mound in Game Three.  RHP David Goforth for the Rattlers against LHP Frank Garces.  Goforth won at Fort Wayne earlier this season.  Garces beat the Rattlers in Fort Wayne in that same series.

A couple of numbers to keep in mind preparing for Saturday’s game:
Including a 1-1 record in the playoffs, the Rattlers are 37-34 on the road
Including a 2-0 record in the playoff, the TinCaps are 39-33 at home
Wisconsin batters hit .259 as a team against lefties this season.

Here was the batting order for the Rattlers hitters – and how they did – against Garces in the game on July 16 at Fort Wayne, a 7-4 TinCaps win:
Stang: 2-for-3, 2 doubles
Roenicke: 0-for-1, SF, RBI
Macias: 0-for-0, 2 walks
McMahan: 0-for-2, K
Ramirez: 0-for-2, K
Garfield: 1-for-1, HR, RBI, walk
Garza: 1-for-2
Roberts: 0-for-2, K
Rivera: 0-for-2

Here is the batting order for the TinCaps hitters – and how they did – against Goforth in the game on  July 5 at Fort Wayne, an 8-2 Rattlers win:
Jankowski: 0-for-4
Peterson: 2-for-4 RBI
Gallic: 1-for-4, double, RUN
Asencio: 2-for-4, RBI
Whitmore: 1-for-4
Hedges: 1-for-3
Orr: 0-for-3
Stubblefield: 1-for-3, K
Gaedele: 1-for-3, 2B, K, RUN

Game Two Highlights:

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