Triple Decker – Postgame post for May 22, 2013
The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them. – Hank Aaron
You never know when history is going to occur. Michael Reed had three triples in Wednesday’s game. That is only the fourth time in Midwest League history a player has had three triples in a single game. According to the MWL Media Guide & Record Book, they are:
- Andrew Smith – Mattoon Indians (May 14, 1950)*
- Oscar Flores – Quincy Giants (August 18, 1960)
- Jason Smith – Rockford Cubbies (September 2, 1998)
- Michael Reed – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (May 22, 2013)
Keep your eye on MiLB.com. Ashley Marshall called to talk to Reed after the game. There may be an article up by the time I have this post done. (UPDATE: Here is that article)
*-The 1950 Mattoon Indians roster at Baseball-Reference does not list Andrew Smith. The 1949 Mattoon Indians roster at Baseball-Reference DOES list Andrew Smith. I would go deeper into this, but…it’s been a long day.
Before getting into the hitters:
Austin Blaski 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K. One of the runs he gave up was a home run over the ridiculously short porch in right field by Austin Elkins. I thought that Blaski made a pretty good pitch, but…have I mentioned the ridiculously short porch?
Jono Armold picked up his first professional win with two scoreless innings. He needed a little help from some weird base running by the River Bandits in the tenth. They had runners at first (Jesse Wierzbicki) and second (Carlos Correa) with no outs. Rio Ruiz sent a fly ball to center. Mitch Haniger looked like he made a sliding catch. Correa was going back to second, but Wierzbicki took off for second. The umpire ruled that Haniger trapped the ball. After a moments hesitation, Haniger threw the ball into second. BUT, the ball trickled away from Alfredo Rodriguez and Wierzbicki made it safely to second. BUT, Rodriguez had time to throw to third and get the force out on Correa. Armold got the final out of the inning. Then, the Rattlers went to work…oh, boy, did they!
Seven runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and eleven men batting in the eleventh inning. In the eleventh inning alone:
- Reed had his third triple
- Victor Roache drew his second walk of the game and scored his second run of the game
- Alfredo Rodriguez had his third hit of the game
- Clint Coulter has his second hit of the game and drove in his third RBI
- Tyrone Taylor walked, doubled, and drove in two runs
Coulter had his second straight multi-hit game and hit his first home run since April 13. This was a monstrous shot. I’ll need to get a shot from the place it landed for the pregame post on Thursday.
Rodriguez continues to hit the ball hard and now the ball is falling in for him. His average is up to .255 from .211 on May 15
Want to hear about bad luck? Adam Giacalone hit the ball hard four times and probably should have had four hits on Wednesday. In the second inning Rio Ruiz robbed him blind with a a diving play to his left. In the fourth, Roache was running on a hit-and-run. Giacalone, a left-handed hitter, is trying to hit the ball to the spot the shortstop vacates to cover second. But, Correa did not go to cover second and the ball was hit right to him. Ridiculously bad luck.
Roache has walked 19 times and scored 19 runs. His OPB is .347. Only a matter of time before that AVG starts to rise, too. Plus, my gosh, he hit a long, loud foul ball that had the pitchers in the Quad Cities bullpen turning around to see if they saw where it left the stadium right the first time well after it happened.
Your weird random stat of the night: Heading into Wednesday’s game, the Timber Rattlers had been outscored 10-5 in extra innings. After Wednesday. the Timber Rattlers have outscored opponents 12-10 in extra innings.