Walked off in Burlington – Postgame post for May 18, 2013

To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. – Plutarch

Let's call it about 10' above the white sign on the light tower....That's where Orlando Arcia's ball hit for his first Timber Rattlers home run.

Let’s call it about 10′ above the white sign on the light tower….That’s where Orlando Arcia’s ball hit for his first Timber Rattlers home run.

Wisconsin 5
Burlington 6
Boxscore | Game Story
The end of the game…ugh. Read the game story if you want to relive it. I am going to focus on the positives from this game.

Orlando Arcia: 2-for-4, BB, 2RBI, SB, First Midwest League Home Run.  If you have been reading this post, you are aware of Arcia’s ability to NOT strike out and to hit the ball well on two-strike counts.  It seems appropriate that he hit his home run on a 2-2 pitch.   He also drew a walk after falling behind 1-2 in the top of the ninth inning.  The only thing he did wrong tonight was hitting the ball up the middle on a hit-and-run play in the fifth inning.  The play wound up being a 4-3 double play.  But, there were a couple of “WOW!” plays in the field that he made.

Clint Coulter with a 2-for-5 night. Yes, three strikeouts and another passed ball…BUT, two more hard hit baseballs and a clutch 2-out RBI single in the eighth to tie the game. 

I noted the distance of Arcia’s home run.  Mitch Haniger’s home run I could not note except to say that it went really, really, really far and covered that distance really, really, really fast.  To left field. I think. 

Alert base running by Alfredo Rodriguez and Arcia in the top of the seventh.  There was an 0-2 pitch in the dirt to Tyrone Taylor that he checked his swing on for a 1-2 count.  The Bees thought it was strike three easy.  But, when the plate umpire didn’t call the pitch a strike, they took their time to appeal to the base umpire.  While they were doing that, the runners broke for the next base and made it without a play when the base umpire called it no swing.

I liked the way Eric Semmelhack competed tonight.  Sometimes it’s easy to just say “To Heck with this” after it’s 4-1.  But, he did the job and kept the Rattlers within striking distance.  Semmelhack wound up with a no decision and a quality start.

Preston Gainey deserved a better fate.  Both runs scored against him were unearned.  The passed ball by Coulter in the seventh inning set up the RBI by Soto that gave the Bees their 5-3 lead.  The eleventh inning unraveled after the dropped popup to start the inning.  Gainey walked three, struck out three, and battled.  Get ’em next time.

Next time for the team is Sunday at 2pm.  Tune in as Tyler Wagner and Mike Strong try to get the 19-20 Rattlers back to .500.

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