Five in a row – Postgame post for May 6

“I love winning, man….I love winning it’s like…..better than losing.” – Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh

McFarland to Giacalone to end the game.

McFarland to Giacalone to end the game.

Timber Rattlers 3
Great Lakes 1
Boxscore | Game Story | Highlights

Eric Semmelhack wasn’t throwing a no-hitter, but he matched the guy who was throwing a no-hitter.  He tossed six scoreless and kept the offense in the game.  A very nice bounce back outing for Semmelhack after that rough game at home against West Michigan last Wednesday.

Back to David Chavarria is a wizard.  Preston Gainey had runners at second and third with no outs in the bottom of the eighth.  This was right after the Rattlers had taken a 3-0 lead.  Chavarria talks about limiting the damage in spots like this.  If the pitcher tries to do too much, the inning can get away from him.  Gainey got a flybal that let a run score, a strikeout, and another flyout to limit the damage for a 3-1 lead.  That’s how it ended and that’s how Preston Gainey got his first professional win.

I figured there was a pretty good chance that Tyrone Taylor would bunt in that spot – runners at first and third with two outs in a scoreless game.  This is not the #BuntToWin sarcasm hashtag.  This was legit.  Taylor, a good bunter and a fast runner, put that thought in the mind of the Loons as their manager because he made a trip out to the mound to probably talk about exactly that.  Then, Taylor bunted to a perfect spot and Berberet scored the first run of the game.

Good to see Michael Reed get on track today.  He was 1-for-18 on the road trip before he doubled to start the seventh inning to break up the no-hit bid of Angel Sanchez.  He lined that double over the head of James Baldwin in center.  In the eighth, Reed singled up the middle to drive in Arcia and Taylor for a couple of insurance runs.

Victor Roache walked in the ninth.  He has reached base in 15 straight games since joining the Timber Rattlers on April 21.

The highlights that I am linking to up top are Loons-centric. Watch some of the strikeouts for on called strike three from Sanchez.  A few of the Rattlers thought the pitches were outside.  The point was made that Sanchez may have been off the plate, but he was hitting his spots and was getting credit for that with called strikes.

I am very, very surprised that the double play pitcher Jonathan Martinez turned in the top of the ninth didn’t make the Great Lakes highlights.  It was amazing.

Speaking of highlights:

Here’s the Victor Roache home run from Sunday.

Here’s a Ryan Gibbard strikeout from Sunday.

Tuesday is an off day.  Doubleheader on Wednesday against Clinton as the team returns home for a 10-game, 9-day homestand.

Pictures from Monday:

Six scoreless from Eric Semmelhack

Six scoreless from Eric Semmelhack

The aftermath of the bunt single by Taylor.

The aftermath of the bunt single by Taylor.

Uncropped photo that was used in the game story.

Uncropped photo that was used in the game story.

Celebrate

Celebrate

Did I mention that there is a big chemical plant out past the stadium?

Did I mention that there is a big chemical plant out past the stadium?

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