Good start continues

The Timber Rattlers are 2-0 to start the 2013 season.  The last time they were 2-0 to start the season was 2010.  

April 5, 2013

Timber Rattlers 2
Peoria Chiefs 1
Boxscore | TimberRattlers.com story

Also, Nathan Baliva has the highlights of Friday’s game. Highlights include Tyrone Taylor being robbed of a hit, Mitch Haniger being picked off second, Damien Magnifico with a nice defensive play on the mound, and the final out of the game.

Here is the celebration after that final out.

Hang time.

Great hang time….Horrible photographer

A few thoughts….because there’s a 9am bus on Saturday morning for a 1pm game on Saturday afternoon. So, this post has to be short.

Both Magnifico and Leonard Lorenzo worked at a good pace, threw strikes, and kept their pitch counts low.  Plus, this is how the tandem is supposed to work.  Starter goes five innings. Reliever goes four innings. Rattlers win.

That Lorenzo tossed four perfect innings is just a bonus.

Situational hitting is something that I talk about on the radio and it’s something that the coaching staff works with the players on every day.  In the fourth, Clint Coulter doubled. Mike Garza moved him over with a grounder to the right side of the infield.  Chris McFarland moved him in with a sacrifice fly.  Haniger did the same thing in the fifth inning with runners on first and third and one out.  Haniger just needed a fly ball to left to drive in the run.  He got it.

Michael Reed scores the go ahead run.

Michael Reed scores the go ahead run….I’m going to remember to switch the camera to the action setting tomorrow.  He’s fast. He’s not THAT fast.

One thing that Matt Erickson mentioned a lot last year was getting a good dirtball read.  That means the runner gets a read on a pitch in the dirt and gets a good enough jump to take an extra base on a pitch that doesn’t get that far away from the catcher.  Alfredo Rodriguez did that in the seventh inning when he got to second on a ball in the dirt.  Good dirtball read.

The last time the Rattlers were 3-0 to start the season was 2009.  They swept a three game series from Quad Cities.  Then, they lost the next six games.

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