Slight stumble

The Rattlers fall in extra innings on Saturday.  This was the second extra-inning game out of three games played this season.  That does not necessarily mean that the Rattlers will play 93 games that go extra innings out of the 140 that are on the schedule.  (Fun with small sample sizes)

April 6, 2013:
Timber Rattlers 3
Peoria Chiefs 4
Boxscore | TimberRattlers.com Story

The wind was howling out to left. No homers and not a slugfest.

The wind was howling out to left. No homers and not a slugfest.

Here is a very Peoria-centric highlight package.  It does include one of Tyrone Taylor’s diving catches.  It does NOT include the play by Orlando Arcia that was completely ridiculous at how good it was….even after I requested it.  To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have put in a Chiefs play like that in our home highlights.  FRONT OFFICE RIVALRY!

You make the call on the play at the plate.  The cut to the low first base camera makes it tough to tell.

A few points for the season so far:
Peoria has scored nine runs in the first three games.  Six of those nine runs have come after there were two outs and nobody on base.   The run that scored in the bottom of the 13th occurred after reliever Taylor Mangum retired the first two batters and made it look like the game was headed for the 14th.

Did I mention that defensive play by Arcia and how ridiculous it was?  I did?  How about his offense today?  No? Okay.  He was 1-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a hit batsman.  BUT, his line drive to third in the fifth inning was one of the hardest hit baseballs today by a Timber Rattler AND his flyout to right in the 13th was a nice defensive play by Nick Martini.

Mike Garza was also robbed of at least one RBI – probably two – in the 10th.  Rattlers had runners at second and third with two outs.  Garza sent a screaming one-hopper right at the feet of Patrick Wisdom at third base.  Somehow, Wisdom came up with the ball and made the play to first for the final out.  Garza has hit the ball hard a couple of times, but the Chiefs have made some nice defensive plays against him.

I remembered where the sports setting for my camera was.

Tyrone Taylor slides in safely to third base after Orlando Arcia's RBI single in the third inning.

Tyrone Taylor slides in safely to third base after Orlando Arcia’s RBI single in the third inning.

This is Mike Garza being robbed by the shortstop in the third inning.  Mejia made the diving stop and flipped to second for the inning ending force out to keep Arcia from scoring.

This is Mike Garza being robbed by the shortstop in the third inning. Mejia made the diving stop and flipped to second for the inning ending force out to keep Arcia from scoring.

Brent Suter: 5IP, 4H, R, BB, 4K

Brent Suter: 5IP, 4H, R, BB, 4K

Of course, I zoomed in on the hitter in this photo. Had I kept it out at the usual distance, you would have seen Arcia's liner heading right into Wisdom's glove.

Of course, I zoomed in on the hitter in this photo. Had I kept it out at the usual distance, you would have seen Arcia’s liner heading right into Wisdom’s glove.

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