April 2013

Powerful performance

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. – Epictetus

West Michigan 4
Timber Rattlers 7
Boxscore | Game Story

Still cool, but at least it was sunny!

Still cool, but at least it was sunny!

When you play the highlights, listen to the sound of the ball off the bat of Chris McFarland. That is a beautiful sound. Remember, McFarland led Helena in home runs last year.

Kyle from Brew Crew Ball talked with McFarland after the game:

“The first two pitches were way out of the zone, so I figured he’d throw something over the plate and he threw a fastball down the middle so I took a hack. I wasn’t trying to hit a home run, just trying to drive the ball but, lucky enough, I hit a homer.”

There is more from Kyle including stuff on Victor Roache, Damien Magnifico, and Ryan Gibbard at that link.

Jose Sermo reached a part of the stadium that is not normally reachable. Wow.

Orlando Arcia was 2-for-3 on the 6-3 double play attempts. The one that he missed on was right before the second one on the highlights. He tried to run from even farther away than he was in on that play. He wound up rushing the throw to first.

Tyrone Taylor got into the game as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the eighth. I talked to him during batting practice and said something like, “Way to scare the internet on Tuesday.”  “I scared myself.”  He fouled the ball off his left knee and it went numb.  But, he thought he could have started tonight.  Looked like he was pretty happy to get into the game tonight.

Victor Roache 1-for-4 and on a four game hitting streak

In their first five home games, the Timber Rattlers scored 16 runs and were 1-4.  In their last two home games, the Timber Rattlers scored 16 runs and are 2-0.

Eric Semmelhack with five solid innings in his first start of the season.  He walked two, struck out two, and allowed one run on 74 pitches (41 strikes).

Scary moment in the top of the eighth.  Devon Travis was on third base and broke for the plate as the ball bounced up the third base line away from Clint Coulter.  Coulter got to the ball quickly and Travis scrambled back to the bag at third.  Coulter unleashed a seed to try and pick off Travis.  The ball hit Travis right on the label that’s on the back of the helmet.  Travis got up and stayed in the game.  He even had a big smile on his face.  It looked more like nervous laughter, but still….it was good to see him up and about.

This is the second two-game winning streak of the season for the Timber Rattlers.  They will go for their first three-game winning streak of the year on Friday night….Weather is starting to warm up…come on out and catch the Rattlers.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Lineup and Game Notes – April 25, 2013

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. - Arnold J. Toynbee

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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 available on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel to subscribers of Time Warner Cable.

This game is also available on MiLB.TV.

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

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Eric Semmelhack
West Michigan Starting Pitcher: Montreal Robertson

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril252013
West Michigan Game Notes: 042513 WMI @WIS

Number 9

I’m just beginning to see, now I’m on my way. It doesn’t matter to me, chasing the clouds away. – The Moody Blues, Tuesday Afternoon

River Bandits 1
Timber Rattlers 9
Boxscore | Game Story

Nine runs on fifteen hits is a really nice day at the office.

Ryan Gibbard 80 pitches/50 strikes and one out shy of six shutout innings.  That’s two quality starts in a row for Timber Rattlers starters.  Brent Suter allowed two runs over six innings on Monday.  Gibbard allowed one run over six innings on Tuesday.

Tyrone Taylor fouled a pitch off his left knee in the third inning.  He left the game and Jose Sermo took over on the at bat.  I have no update on Taylor’s condition. …But he does:

Settle down, everybody.  He’ll be fine.  Let’s see your reaction when you foul a ball off your knee in 30° weather.

Sermo comes out of the first base coaching box and collects three hits, drives in a pair.  Look at the line drive he hits for the two-run double in the sixth inning in the highlights.

Mitch Haniger looks locked in.  He had three hits, including a double off the wall in center, and two more RBI.  You can see the interview I did with him for Timber Rattlers Field Pass on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel at 5pm today and throughout the next two weeks.  Good stuff.

How big was that Michael Reed two-run single in the sixth?  If he is retired on that play, the Rattlers would have let a bases loaded, no out situation go by without cashing in for more runs.  Their lead would have been 2-1 heading to the seventh inning and who knows where it goes from there.

Also, that Reed single was the first hit and first RBI for the Rattlers with the bases loaded this season.  Including the two at bats prior to Reed’s hit, Wisconsin had been 0-for-6 with four strikeouts.  One hit there and your chasing the clouds away.

Orlando Arcia made a leaping grab of a line drive in the top of the second inning to save a run.  He also had two hits for his second multi-hit game of the season.

NOW…Can we just get some good weather for the rest of the season?!?

Highlights:

A few photos:

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Lineup and game notes – April 23, 2013

When they knock you down, you not only have to get up, but you have to make it clear that you won’t be knocked down a second time. – Carl Yastrzemski

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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
Orlando Arcia – SS
Mitch Haniger – DH
Victor Roache – LF
Chris McFarland – 2B
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Alfredo Rodriguez – 3B
Parker Berberet – C
Michael Reed – RF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Ryan Gibbard
River Bandits Starting Pitcher: Mike Hauschild

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril232013

Extras Again

Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things. – Vernor Vinge

River Bandits 7
Timber Rattlers 2
FINAL – 11 Innings
Boxscore | Game Story

IBM Presents: You Make The Call!

IBM Presents: You Make The Call!

The top of the eleventh came out of nowhere. There were two outs and none on base. Then, there were three walks, a single, a triple, a run scoring wild pitch, another walk and a single.

Looking at the play live, I thought Tyrone Taylor was safe. Looking at the Slo-Mo Replay on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel broadcast, the you can see the throw beat Taylor. You also see Taylor slide into the foot of catcher Jobduan Morales as he is being tagged. I can see HOW the play was called the way that it was. And judging by the lack of an argument, the Rattlers can understand it, too.

Taylor used his speed to score a run in the first inning for the Rattlers.  He singled and stole second.  Then, a deep fly ball to the track in left was caught by the Bandits outfielder.  But, Taylor saw that the left-fielder was back-pedaling as he caught the ball.  Taylor tagged and went to third.  He scored on the grounder by Haniger for a 1-0 lead.

Yeah! I want to be an official scorer! That’s an easy job that let’s me watch baseball!

It’s been awhile since I have quoted the rule book on the blog. So, here we go:

6.08 (c):  …If a play follows the interference, the manager of the offense may advise the plate umpire that he elects to decline the interference penalty and accept the play.  Such election shall be made immediately at the end of the play.  However, if the batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batsman, or otherwise, and all other runners advance at least one base, the play proceeds without reference to the interference.

6.08 (c) comment: If catcher’s interference is called with a play in progress the umpire will allow the play to continue because the manager may elect to take the play.

Here’s how I wrote up the play that put Quad Cities up 2-1 in the top of the sixth in the game story:

An odd sequence gave the River Bandits the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Austin Elkins reached on a single and took second on a passed ball. A ground out allowed Elkins to take third base. Terrell Joyce was at the plate and that’s when the weirdness started. Joyce swung at a pitch and made contact with the glove of catcher Clint Coulter. The ball trickled to the mound and Elkins broke for the plate. He beat the throw to score the run as Joyce eventually made it to first ahead of the throw.

The River Bandits turned down the catcher’s interference call on Coulter and took the result of the play, a fielder’s choice to let the run score and put them ahead 2-1.

I wish we had put that play on the highlights so you could see the unfolding train wreck.

Elkins broke for the plate on the play.  But, Joyce was still standing near the plate as Brent Suter flipped the ball to Coulter.  The Rattlers had a few words on the close play at the plate and that was when Joyce decided that he should run…BUT WAIT!!! I have a photo of the moment just before Elkins scored:

Do you SEE!?!?  Do you SEE NOW??

Do you SEE!?!? Do you SEE NOW??

Joyce reached safely and here’s where the confusion set in for me and most in attendance.

The River Bandits had the choice of taking the catcher’s interference or the result of the play.  If they took catcher’s interference, there would have been runners at the corners with one out.  They took the result of the play and that the Bandits the lead and Joyce an RBI on the play.

The thing of it is after the game, it sounds like the River Bandits were wondering why Joyce was charged with an at bat on that play.  No. Seriously.  They thought they could get the Catcher’s Interference AND the result of the play.  DUDES!  Come on!

But, by re-reading the rule again, the choice of taking the play or not taking the play should not have happened because…However, if the batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batsman, or otherwise, and all other runners advance at least one base, the play proceeds without reference to the interference.

I would have made a terrible lawyer.

If you did not enjoy the matchups between Quad Cities Pitcher Lance McCullers, the #41 pick in the 2012 draft, and the top four Rattlers batters in the sixth inning, I don’t know if you will ever enjoy minor league baseball.  McCullers, the #4 prospect in the Astros organization was rushing the ball up there in the high 90′s and: Walked Tyrone Taylor (#92 pick in 2012 draft & #15 prospect in Milwaukee’s organization); got Orlando Arcia (Brewers #17 prospect) to ground out to second, and got Mitch Haniger (#38 pick in 2012 & Milwaukee’s #10 prospect) on a fly ball to right.  Then Victor Roache, the #28 pick in the 2012 draft and Milwaukee’s #7 prospect, lined a double off the base of the wall 400′ from home plate.  THAT is minor league baseball.

Timber Rattlers Highlights:

A few photos:

Brent Suter struck out seven in six innings.  That is one K shy of his single game high as a pro.

Brent Suter struck out seven in six innings. That is one K shy of his single game high as a pro.

Victor Roache drills an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth.

Victor Roache drills an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth.

Sleep fast, Rattlers fans! As of this post there is another game in less than 13 hours!

Lineup and game notes – April 22, 2013

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours. - Mark Twain

What's this? Batting Practice? On field! Before a Game?!?!

What’s this? Batting Practice? On field! Before a Game?!?!

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 available on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel to subscribers of Time Warner Cable.

This game is also available on MiLB.TV.

Monday’s Lineup:
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Orlando Arcia – SS
Mitch Haniger – RF
Victor Roache – LF
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Clint Coulter – C
Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B
Mike Garza – 3B
Jose Sermo – DH

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Brent Suter
Quad Cities Starting Pitcher: Daniel Minor

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril222013
Quad Cities Game Notes: 2013-04-22 at WIS

April 21, 2013 highlights

The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato

Keep your eye on MiLB.com later tonight.  They wanted to talk to Victor Roache for some reason.  Hitting a home run in your first professional at bat will do that, I guess.

Quad Cities 12
Wisconsin 5
Boxscore | Game Story

There were four players who were selected within the first 40 picks of the 2012 draft to play in today’s game:

#1 Carlos Correa
#27 Clint Coulter
#28 Victor Roache
#38 Mitch Haniger

Timber Rattlers Highlights:

Admit it. You had a sharp intake of breath when you saw Roache run into the fence and flip over onto the walkway on that “catch”.

It’s going to be so much fun the outfielders take batting practice as a group this season.    You know, when the team can finally take batting practice outside again.

Don’t be surprised by the home run from Chris McFarland, he led the Helena Brewers in homers last year.

Lorenzo and Magnifico will bounce back from today.  Count on it.

Just enjoy those Brewers Sunday jerseys.

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Oh, and if you have any sway over the weather, please feel free to put in a word or two before game time on Monday.

Apologies for a lack of depth on this post.  I’m beat and on about three hours sleep since 7am on Saturday morning. I’ll try to get something up in the morning.  But, I am taping the next edition of Timber Rattlers Field Pass for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in the afternoon and there will be a lot to do before that starts.

Good night and stay warm, everyone.

Lineup & Game notes – April 21, 2013

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all. – Emily Dickinson

Photo taken earlier today.

Photo taken earlier 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.

New Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattlers_Roster_042113

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

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Leonard Lorenzo
River Bandits Starting Pitcher: Joe Bircher

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril212013
River Bandits Game Notes: 2013-04-21 at WIS

Heading home

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are. - George Eliot

Mitch Haniger after his second home run of the day,

Mitch Haniger after his second home run of the day,

 

Game one
Timber Rattlers 2
LumberKings 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Game two
Timber Rattlers 2
LumberKings 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Before getting to the 2013 Timber Rattlers part of the post…Congratulations to former Timber Rattlers pitcher Hiram Burgos.  He earned his first MLB in his first MLB start as the Brewers beat the Cubs at Miller Park on Saturday.  On top of that, the Brewers have won six in a row, too.

If you see the scoreboard in one of the photos in this post, you’ll see the scoreboard.  Haniger’s home run in game one hit off the middle of it.  His home run in game two traveled to the right of it.

Both Mike Strong and Tyler Wagner did some quality pitching under duress in the second game.  That third inning could have gone south in a big hurry.  The LumberKings had a run in and the bases loaded with no outs.  Strong got a couple of strikeouts and a fly out to the deep right to keep the lead at 2-1.

Wagner had to pitch with the tying run at second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh.  A stolen base got the tying run to third with one out.  But, another strikeout and a grounder back to the mound ended the game.

Tyrone Taylor used his speed to almost get an insurance run in the top of the seventh.  He reached on an infield single to the hole.  Brock Hebert made a heck of a play to make it close with a strong throw from short left.  But, Taylor beat it out.  Then, he escaped a rundown after taking off early.  It was a combination of his elusiveness and poor defensive positioning by Clinton on the play.  Basically, Lopes – the second baseman – couldn’t catch Taylor after the throw to second and no one covered first base allowing Taylor to eventually wind up at second after Lopes threw to the base expecting someone….anyone…to be there.

Orlando Arcia broke his 0-for-13 slump with a single in his first at bat in game two.  It looked like gained confidence from his last plate appearance of game one.  Mike Garza had just doubled in a run with one out to cut the Clinton lead to 4-2.  Arcia was at the plate and worked the count full before drawing a walk to get on base as the tying run.  In his first at bat of game two, he lined a single to right-center.  He should have had another hit in the seventh inning of game two, but his liner was caught in the webbing of the glove of Lopes after a leaping grab.

The Timber Rattlers will be switching up their tandems for the time being.  For example:  Preston Gainey (Starter) and Eric Semmelhack (Reliever) were the tandem in game one while Strong (Starter) and Wagner (Reliever) were the tandem in game two.  The next time those spots come up in the rotation it will flip with Semmelhack & Wagner starting and Gainey & Strong in relief.

Can I just say how good it was to see the sun, the blue sky, and baseball today.   Let’s get some of this in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Watch the shadows:

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Game One Lineup and Doubleheader Notes for April 20, 2013

Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer – Sam Gamgee, The Two Towers

FINALLY! Sunshine AND baseball!

FINALLY! Sunshine AND baseball!

Doubleheader today. Game one starts at 4:00pm CDT.

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.

TIMBER RATTLERS GAME ONE LINEUP:
Michael Reed – LF
Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B
Mitch Haniger – RF
Parker Berberet – 1B
Clint Coulter – C
Jose Sermo – DH
Michael Garza – 3B
Orlando Arcia – SS
Tyrone Taylor – CF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher Game 1: Preston Gainey
Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher Game 2: Michael Strong

Clinton Starting Pitcher Game 1: Tyler Pike
Clinton Starting Pitcher Game 2: Matt Anderson

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril202013

Take us home, Ernie!  What do ya say?

Let's play two!

Let’s play two, today!

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