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 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.


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