Another split – Postgame post May 10, 2013

They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That’s how Dad did it, that’s how America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far. – Tony Stark

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Victor Roache heads to the dugout after his three-run home run in the sixth inning of game one.

Game 1
LumberKings 3
Timber Rattlers 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Game 2
LumberKings 7
Timber Rattlers 0
Boxscore | Game Story

Watch the game one highlights. Skip ahead to :43 for the Victor Roache home run if you want. Good Lord.

Here’s the photo I took of the ball hit back at Magnifico that knocked his glove off in game one:
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I saw ’00 ‘on the pitch speed indicator one time in the first game for Magnifico.  ’00’ would be 100 since it does not reach triple digits.  The pitch was a low fastball that missed the strike zone.  I saw a some 96s and a couple of 95s in there for Magnifico, too.  But the main thing was the only walk he allowed was an intentional pass in the sixth inning.

Parker Berberet and Matt Erickson were thrown out of the game in the top of the third inning in game one.  In case you missed it:

Dario Pizzano doubled into the left field corner and Villasuso headed for home [from first base]. The relay throw from shortstop Orlando Arcia beat Villasuso to the plate by ten feet. But, plate umpire Jeremie Rehak ruled that Villasuso eluded the tag and ruled the Clinton base runner safe.

Timber Rattlers catcher Parker Berberet argued the call briefly before being ejected as manager Matt Erickson raced out to prevent his backstop getting the thumb. After a few more moments, Erickson was ejected from the game, too.

Erickson was fine until he went to the plate to point out by how much the throw to the plate beat Villasuso.  Walking to the plate and holding his arms out while saying BY THIS MUCH is going to get you run.

The runner looked out. Berberet doesn’t react that way if he didn’t tag him. The manager doesn’t react that way if he didn’t think Berberet didn’t tag him. Unfortunately, it looked like Berberet bumped the umpire. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with that.

Tyrone Taylor had the home run to start the rally in game one.  He also had one of two hits in game two.  That’s a four game hitting streak at 5-for-12.

There were no highlights for Game two. None. Let’s just put that one behind us for now.

Series with the Burlington Bees starts on Saturday.  Tip: Burlington used five relievers in their doubleheader with Kane County on Friday night.  The Rattlers used two in their doubleheader on Friday.

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