Be Opportunistic – Postgame post for May 11, 2013

One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

It became a dark and stormy night...

It became a dark and stormy night…

Burlington 2
Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Austin Blaski was a 21st round pick out of a very good DIII school.  He was given an opportunity in the Timber Rattlers rotation when there was an injury in Brevard County that called for Brent Suter to head up to the Florida State League.  Blaski has made three starts since April 28:  16IP, 10 H, 6R, 3ER, 6BB, 10K.   He went after it on Saturday and earned the win.  In case you missed it he was at 97 pitches-61 strikes.

Orlando Arcia was discussed during the interview with Dusty Rhodes that aired between games of Friday’s doubleheader.  Dusty talked about how Arcia has been making good contact, how he doesn’t strikeout, and how he has a good idea on how to play the game.

Arcia was down 0-2 in the second inning against Pat Lowery.  He worked the count full and smacked a single.  By the stats, Arcia has struck out just 11 times in 103 at bats this season.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Arcia was at third with one out.  Tyrone Taylor struck out, but the ball popped away from the catcher and he had to throw down to first base for the out.  Arcia timed it perfectly and beat the throw home to score what turned out to be an important run.

In the top of the eighth inning, Wendell Soto was at second with one out.  Anthony Bemboom sent a grounder towards short.  Third baseman Mike Garza came over to cut off the ball and throw to first for the out.  Soto took off for third with no one covering….Little did he know….Arcia broke for third when he saw Garza was going to make the throw.  First baseman Adam Giacalone hit Arcia with a strike to third and the Rattlers shortstop dropped a quick tag on Soto to end the inning.

Orlando Arcia doesn’t turn 19 until August 4.

Weird weather as you can see in the photo above.  That is from the bottom of the sixth inning.  It got really dark and rainy.

I put this on twitter, but for those of you who are not on that particular social media:

Alfredo Rodriguez was the Timber Rattlers player who had the only RBI hit and even THAT was weird.  He doubled down the third base line to drive in Taylor from first base.  The weird part was the throw to the plate hitting Taylor as he ran for home.  Watch it in the highlights.


Sleep fast!  First pitch at 1:05pm tomorrow as the Rattlers try to get above .500 for the first time since they were 2-1 on April 6.


Giacalone's sacrifice fly.

Giacalone’s sacrifice fly.

This was one of Blaski's seven strikeouts.

This was one of Blaski’s seven strikeouts.

I think I took this picture to show where there is some clear sky.....out beyond the right field fence.

I think I took this picture to show where there is some clear sky…..out beyond the right field fence.

Taylor Wall. Save #4.

Taylor Wall. Save #4.

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