Rearview Mirror – Postgame post for May 15, 2013
I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true. – Audrey Hepburn
Baseball Law: The longest games are the ones that have the shortest turnarounds for the next one.
Bad news: Orlando Arcia struck out.
Good news: Orlando Arcia struck out for the first time in 33 plate appearances. I’m pretty sure that’s an acceptable interval between strikeouts.
Gooder news: Orlando Arcia also had three hits, drove in a run, and stole a base.
Six straight River Bandits reached base between the third and fourth innings. They did not score. They ran into three outs on the bases in the third after two walks and two singles. In the fourth, they drew two walks to start the inning, but a double play and strikeout ended things for them.
In an alternate universe, the line drive off the bat of Alfredo Rodriguez in the fifth inning lands about a foot to the left, hits the line for a two-run triple, and the Rattlers win this game 23-5. Tonight, this is the darkest timeline.
We don’t normally talk about other teams prospects in this space…BUT…Lance McCullers, Jr. was a supplemental first round pick of the Astros in the 2012 draft. He is rated as the #4 prospect in the Astros organization. He was the starting pitcher. He gave up a two-out double to Mitch Haniger in the bottom of the first inning. Quad Cities got a reliever up in the bullpen and took McCullers out of the game after the inning ended. I saw the QC coaching staff talking to McCullers a lot during the break before the start of the second inning. He went up to the clubhouse without a trainer. He was back on the bench later in the game. Reason? I don’t know. Maybe I’ll hear tomorrow.
Also…Carlos Correa…um, wow. The #1 overall pick in the 2012 draft was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs, and two RBI. He made some solid to spectacular plays and showed great range. It looked like Chris McFarland had beat out an infield single in the bottom of the seventh, but it has to count as a spectacular 6-3 putout. He is hitting .263 against the whole league and 9-for-23 (.391) against the Timber Rattlers.
Back to the Rattlers prospects:
Michael Reed 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. His hitting streak is at 9-games and he is 15-for-32 during the streak.
I am just going to point this “stat” out there because it’s…I don’t know what it is…because it’s there?
There have been 75 innings by Wisconsin pitchers on this homestand.
There have been 18 1-2-3 innings by Wisconsin pitchers on this homestand.
Seven of those 1-2-3 innings by Wisconsin pitchers on this homestand belong to Tyler Wagner.
Sleep fast. First pitch is at 12:05pm on Thursday.