From six to zero – Post-doubleheader post May 8, 2013

Because in a split second, it’s gone. – Ayrton Senna

Parker Berberet heads to the mound to congratulate Tyler Wagner on his complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader.

Parker Berberet heads to the mound to congratulate Tyler Wagner on his complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader.

Game 1
LumberKings 0
Timber Rattlers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Game 2
LumberKings 4
Timber Rattlers 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Tyler Wagner with 95 pitches/67 strikes in his complete game shutout in game one.  Ten strikeouts and only two walks.  Very well done by the former closer from Utah.

However, there was a point in the game where it could have turned.  The LumberKings had runners at first and second with one out in the top of the sixth.  But, Wagner got Dario Pizzano to ground into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Rattlers could have blown the game wide open in the bottom of the sixth inning.  There were four walks and one single in five batters, but only one run scored.  Some adventures in base running kept that frame from getting way out of hand.

A point in the second game that will have the new school thinkers rejoicing.  The Rattlers were up 2-1 in the sixth inning.  Pizzano doubled to leadoff the inning.  Wisconsin was playing for the sacrifice bunt against Tyler Marlette.  But, Marlette showed no signs of bunting.  He swung away and lined a triple to right-center.  That drove in the tying run and set up the eventual go ahead RBI single.

Mike Strong was in spots of trouble through his game.  Clinton had a runner in scoring position in all six innings against Strong.  They had eight hits against him and six were for extra bases and it finally got to him late in the game.

Alfredo Rodriguez keeps hitting the ball hard, but keeps running into some bad luck.  He did single in a run in the third inning with a line shot through a drawn-in infield.  But, in the fifth inning, he sent a line drive to center that was right at Guillermo Pimentel for an out.

Speaking of bad luck, the Jono Arnold shattered Gaby Guerrero’s bat in the sixth inning.  But, the ball dropped into left field for an RBI single that put Clinton up 3-2.

Mike Garza tripled and singled in game two.  He had missed four games after getting hurt in his 4-hit game at Lansing on May 3.  By the way, he had hits in six straight at bats.  Garza had hits in his last four at bats on that game in Lansing and two hits in his first four at bats in the nightcap against Clinton.

I’m not sure HOW Brock Hebert held onto the ball for the final out on Clint Coulter’s popup after his left fielder ran into him in the bottom of the sixth inning.  But, he did and that prevented the Timber Rattlers from scoring at least one run and maybe two.

The  Timber Rattlers won six games in a row to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 4-4 on April 15.   They get to try to get back to .500 again on Thursday night.

Game 1 Video Highlights:

Game 2 Video Highlights:

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