April 2013

End of the homestand

Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things. – Robert Frost

April 30 2013 009

South Bend 12
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Some quick points because there is a lot to do tonight before leaving for Lansing tomorrow.

  • The Timber Rattlers were 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position in this game
  • Michael Reed had a double in the first inning.  He moved his hitting streak to 7-games with that hit.
  • The top of the sixth inning was tough to describe.  A pair of windblown popups dropped in for foul balls, an error, and a double play that wasn’t turned.  It went on way longer than it should have.
  • South Bend led 5-3 with no outs and the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh. From there…it gt out of hand in a hurry.
  • The – originally unscheduled – off day comes at a very opportune time.  The team will travel to Lansing on Wednesday and start that series with a doubleheader on Thursday.  Here are the scheduled starters for that series:THU G-1: RHP Tyler Wagner v. LHP Daniel Norris
    THU G-2: LHP Mike Strong v. RHP Javier Avendano
    FRI: RHP Leonard Lorenzo v. LHP Alonzo Gonzalez

Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes – April 30, 2013

April is a promise that May is bound to keep. – Hal Borland

Homestand ends today. Game time is 12:05pm.

Homestand ends today. Game time is 12:05pm.

You may tune in for today’s broadcast a few different ways:

In the listening area, dial around to AM1280, WNAM.  This is one of the internet links to listen to the game.   WNAM is also available on IHeartRadio as a website and as an app for your smart phone.

This game is also available on MiLB.TV.

Timber Rattlers lineup:
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Michael Reed – DH
Mitch Haniger – RF
Victor Roache – LF
Jose Sermo – 3B
Parker Berberet – C
Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Orlando Arcia – SS

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Preston Gainey
Silver Hawks Starting Pitcher: Jesse Darrah

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril302013

This must be brief – Postgame post for April 29, 2013

Given the brevity of our time here, it does seem likely that our species, too, must have at best a blinkered understanding of the shape of things, the import of certain events and what distinguishes ‘good’ from ‘bad’ luck. – Karen Russell

Silver Hawks 6
Timber Rattlers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

The strikeout to end the top of the seventh.

The strikeout to end the top of the seventh.

If only there weren’t a game in 13 hours. I could spend awhile on this one. Instead, I’ll have to be brief.

Five lead changes in this game.  South Bend up 1-0. Rattlers up 2-1. South Bend up 4-3. Rattlers up 5-4. South Bend up 6-5.

Michael Reed got on base five times on Monday night. He had three hits, drew two walks, scored two runs, and stole two bases. Good night.  He’s extended his hitting streak to six games and bumped his OBP to .397.

The team drew a season high eight walks. Reed, Jose Sermo, and Clint Coulter all drew two walks in the game.

Jorge Lopez gave up a home run to start the game and you were probably thinking…here we go again. Not this time. Lopez showed flashes of what he has – including a fastball that reached 96 – and was much better for the next four innings. In the fifth, he gave up three runs on two hits. But the improvement was there. Keep working on that.

In the highlights, you’ll hear me say 98! on Gibbard’s strikeout of Alex Glenn to end the Silver Hawks seventh inning. I did not think that was possible for Gibbard. It was the only time he got up there. More information needed to hear if that was adrenaline or if it was a glitch on the radar.

Whatever the velocity, that was impressive.  South Bend had the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the seventh.  Gibbard stranded all three runners to protect that lead.

Tyrone Taylor showed off his arm with a great throw to the plate to get a runner at the plate in the fifth inning.  He has three outfield assists this season.

Orlando Arcia was just elusive enough to stay in the rundown long enough to let Chris McFarland score the go ahead run.  Watch for it in the highlights.

Watch the highlights. Sleep fast. See you tomorrow.

Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes – April 29, 2013

I want to play music when I want, write a song if I want or watch a baseball game if I want. - John Lee Hooker

Let's go!

Let’s go!

 You may tune in for today’s broadcast a few different ways:

In the listening area, dial around to AM1280, WNAM.  This is one of the internet links to listen to the game.   WNAM is also available on IHeartRadio as a website and as an app for your smart phone.

My NEW32’s Sports Showdown has the TV broadcast.

This game is also available on MiLB.TV.

First pitch tonight is scheduled for 6:35pm.

Timber Rattlers Transaction:
RHP Jorge Lopez has been activated from the disabled list.  The Rattlers are at the 25-player limit.

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattlers_Roster_042913

Timber Rattlers Lineup:
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Michael Reed – RF
Mitch Haniger – DH
Victor Roache – LF
Jose Sermo – 3B
Clint Coulter – C
Chris McFarland – 2B
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Orlando Arcia – SS

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Jorge Lopez
South Bend Starting Pitcher: Cody Wheeler

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril292013

So Close – Postgame post for April 28

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. – Johnny Cash

South Bend 6
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Sacrifice fly by Roache scores Reed.

Sacrifice fly by Roache scores Reed.

Haniger running on a pitch to Roache in the eighth inning.

Haniger running on a pitch to Roache in the eighth inning.

The Tyrone Taylor home run did not make the highlights.  Not sure why, but it was a line-drive, no-doubt long ball to left.  Two home runs on the season for Taylor.

Mitch Haniger with three more hits.  It’s still early so there are some wild fluctuations in his average.  When this homestand started last Sunday, he entered play with a .293 average.  After an 0-for-3 on Thursday, he was down to .267.  He is 5-for-8 in his last two games and his average is up to .310.

Look at the play on the highlights that tied the game 3-3.  Victor Roache did all he could do on the play, but the breaks went against the Rattlers.  Coulter’s ball was in the off the bat.  You can see him head back to second – like players are taught to from the time they are six.  Then, he takes off.  Almadova, the South Bend centerfielder booted the ball back to the infield, but the ball took a perfect hop for him to pick it up and fire in a strike to get Roache at the plate.   It’s just one of those bounces.

Austin Blaski pitched well in four innings and in his first start since May 29, 2012.  If you didn’t click on the game notes from this morning, you will now find out that the start on May 29, 2012 was also at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium when he was with Marietta College for the NCAA Division III World Series.

The run he gave up in the first inning was an unearned run after an error let the leadoff batter on base.  But, he threw strikes (33 out of 52 pitches) walked one, and got ground balls…lots of them.

If you had Taylor Mangum in the pool for first reliever to ride the new Bullpen Car in from the bullpen, please hold on to your ticket.  I tried to get a picture of him riding in on the passenger seat, but I couldn’t get a decent shot.  Then, I could barely continue on the call because I got a case of the guffaws from the scene of a player getting out of that thing to go to the mound.

Have I mentioned that I love minor league baseball in the last few days?

We need to get Tom Berenger to do an appearance here as Jake Taylor from Major League so that he asks to borrow the Timber Rattlers bullpen cart to go after Rene Russo/Lynn Wells….Heck, let’s get Rene Russo here and I’ll ask to borrow the cart to go after her.

By the way, it looks like Jorge Lopez will come off the disabled list and start for the Timber Rattlers on Monday night.  Ryan Gibbard will be in relief as part of the tandem.

The reason the radio broadcast went out today was because of a fire at a power pole near the station transmitter.  WPS reported the outage and we never got back on the air, but the internet feed worked…at least the iheartradio.com feed worked.  There have been way too many gremlins on the broadcast of late.  I may need to perform an exorcism.  It will involve…we’ll I can’t really say.

Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes – April 28, 2013

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is. - Bob Feller

First pitch is at 1:05pm today.

First pitch is at 1:05pm today.

 You may tune in for today’s broadcast a few different ways:

In the listening area, dial around to AM1280, WNAM.  This is one of the internet links to listen to the game.   WNAM is also available on IHeartRadio as a website and as an app for your smart phone.

This game is also available on MiLB.TV.

Timber Rattlers Lineup:
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Michael Reed – LF
Mitch Haniger – RF
Victor Roache – DH
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Clint Coulter – C
Chris McFarland – 2B
Mike Garza – 3B
Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Austin Blaski
Silver Hawks Starting Pitcher:  Brandon Sinnery

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril282013

Comeback

Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

West Michigan 6
Timber Rattlers 7
Boxscore | Game Story

Two runs are gonna score!

Two runs are gonna score!

SAFE!

SAFE!

The Timber Rattlers are now 1-1 with the bullpen car.

The Timber Rattlers are now 1-1 with the bullpen car.

We should just rename the highlights The Mitch Haniger Show.  Outfield assist, 2-run single, great slide to score an insurance run, and a diving catch.  That’s a full day.

Between scoring their second run of the first inning and their five-run seventh, the Rattlers had two hits.  They also grounded into three double plays.  But, they just kept swinging away.

This is gonna sound weird, but I think the Timber Rattlers rally started in the top of the seventh.  Austin Schotts singled and took a big turn around first base on the bobble by Haniger.  The close play went the Timber Rattlers way and Schotts disagreed.  He was making his way off the field when he said something that the plate umpire heard.  It was enough to get Schotts ejected.  A home run by Jake Stewart, his second of the series, made it 5-2 for the Whitecaps.  Then, Stewart went to center for the bottom of the seventh.  This will be important later.

Parker Berberet’s home run to left got the rally started in the bottom of the seventh.  He had allowed three homers in his first 43 innings as a professional.    Berberet also threw out a runner on a stolen base attempt right before the home run by Stewart.

Victor Roache had three singles for the Timber Rattlers.  His average is up to .318 in his first six games with the Timber Rattlers.

His third single came in the seventh inning with Haniger at first base.  A misplay by Stewart allowed the ball to get behind him and that was all Haniger needed to race home with an important insurance run.

Taylor Wall came into the game with the tying run at second and two outs in the top of the eighth inning to face Danry Vasquez.  Vasquez came into the game to take over for Schotts after the ejection.  Schotts was 3-for-3 in the game and had four hits in his last four plate appearances.  Wall fell behind Vasquez 3-0, almost picked a runner off second, and got Vasquez to ground out to first on a 3-0 pitch to end the threat.  Wall pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and earned his first professional save.

The Timber Rattlers have named their starting pitcher for game one of the series against South Bend.  Austin Blaski will take the hill for his first Midwest League start.  Sunday will also be his first professional start.   He made twelve relief appearances in the Arizona League last year after he was drafted by the Brewers.

Great weather on tap for Sunday, too.  Get out of the house and get to the game.

Highlights:

Lineup and Game Notes – April 27, 2013

Funny days in the park
Every day’s the Fourth of July
People reaching, people touching
A real celebration
Waiting for us all
If we want it, really want it
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I’ve been waiting such a long time
For the day.

Chicago

It's a GREAT DAY for BASEBALL!

It’s a GREAT DAY for BASEBALL!

You may tune in for today’s broadcast a few different ways:

In the listening area, dial around to AM1280, WNAM.  This is one of the internet links to listen to the game.   WNAM is also available on IHeartRadio as a website and as an app for your smart phone.

This game is also available on MiLB.TV.

Timber Rattlers Lineup:
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Jose Sermo – 3B
Mitch Haniger – RF
Victor Roache – LF
Chris McFarland – DH
Parker Berberet – C
Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B
Mike Garza – 1B
Orlando Arcia – SS

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Damien Magnifico
West Michigan Starting Pitcher: Jordan John

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril272013

You want to talk about what?

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. – Albert Camus

West Michigan 5
Timber Rattlers 1
Boxscore | Game Story

It's a bullpen cart. We have a bullpen cart now.  Bullpen carts are cool.

It’s a bullpen cart. We have a bullpen cart now. Bullpen carts are cool.

The two most retweeted events at the ballpark this week:

  1. Victor Roache homers in his first professional at bat
  2. The Timber Rattlers bullpen cart makes its debut

BY VEECK!!!! I love Minor League Baseball!!

The twitter timeline: I mention the battery ran out on my digital camera as I was taking a photo of the cart. Two people responded with BULLPEN CAR?!?!??!?? I post the following tweet:

The words AWESOME are tweeted back at me. Then, I posted the picture above from @AnnMollica on the Timber Rattlers twitter feed….and we are off to the races.

In answer to the question: Yes. Relievers MAY use the cart to come into the game.

The real question is: Will any minor league reliever decide to ride the bullpen cart to come into the game?

Speaking of the game:

Tyler Wagner was unlucky in the first inning. Two weak grounders with two outs wound up being singles. Then, Jake Stewart hit a ball to the West Michigan bullpen for a 3-run homer. You can make a good pitch and not get rewarded for it. That is frustrating.

Whitecaps starter Hudson Randall was pretty good. I did count five fly balls that made it to the warning track, only to be caught. Tyrone Taylor and Jose Sermo put back-to-back flyouts to the wall in the bottom of the first inning.

Clint Coulter showed off his arm and his wheels tonight. Both are in the highlights. There’s the strong throw to second to get Danry Vasquez on an attempted stolen base and the triple to right-center. If you are keeping track that would be 6-for-11 in throwing out would be base stealers this season for Coulter.

Adam Giacalone had two hits and drove in the only Rattlers run tonight. Good solid contact tonight for him.

Roache appeared to have fouled a ball off his knee in the fourth inning. He thought he did and he did not run. Neither umpire thought that the ball hit Roache and ruled it a fair ball making Roache an easy out at first base.

Roache did not get a hit in the game, but in the ninth he did draw a walk. Sometimes power hitters will get in there with the team down by a bunch and try to get it all back with one swing. But, Roache had a patient approach in the ninth inning and drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch. It may not seem like a big deal, but a power hitter with an approach like that is something that teams want…a lot.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Lineup & Game Notes – April 26, 2013

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves. – Marcel Proust

It's a great night for baseball!

It’s a great night for baseball!

You may tune in for today’s broadcast a few different ways:

In the listening area, dial around to AM1280, WNAM.  This is one of the internet links to listen to the game.   WNAM is also available on IHeartRadio as a website and as an app for your smart phone.

If you are in the viewing area, My NEW32’s Sports Showdown has their first broadcast of the season.

This game is also available on MiLB.TV.

Timber Rattlers Lineup:
Tyrone Taylor – LF
Jose Sermo – 3B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Victor Roache – DH
Chris McFarland – 2B
Clint Coulter – C
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Orlando Arcia – SS
Michael Reed – RF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Tyler Wagner
West Michigan Starting Pitcher: Hudson Randall

ADDED:
Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattlers_Roster_042613

Roster Move: LHP Pitcher Brent Suter promoted to Brevard County.  Wisconsin will play with 24, one under the 25-man limit for now.

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril262013

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