Into the Wild – Postgame post for June 5, 2013

But the wild is unpredictable, stuff does happen, and it’s always when you’re least expecting it. – Bear Grylls

Just proving that the Sun did come out for a little bit on Wednesday.

Just proving that the Sun did come out for a little bit on Wednesday.

Beloit 5
Rattlers 3
Boxscore | Game Story

Three of Beloit’s five runs scored on wild pitches.  One scored on an RBI grounder. The one in the ninth was a home run over the wall in left. 

Rattlers starting pitcher Tyler Wagner walked five in four innings.  He had 84 pitches/48 strikes.  He looked off in the first inning, but he made it through four, didn’t give up any more runs, and wound up with seven  strikeouts.

Tyrone Taylor had three hits on Wednesday.  It was his second three-hit game of the season.  This was his third straight multi-hit game.  Taylor is the team leader in multi-hit games with 14.

Max Walla had four hits, all singles.  He should have had five hits, but I’ll get to that in a minute.  There was a play in the sixth where Max was at third with no outs after a single and two wild pitches.  The infield was back and he took off for the plate on a grounder that was right to the third baseman.  Renato Nunez surprised Max – and me for that matter – and went to the plate.  Walla was out at the plate by a wide margin.

Victor Roache flattened a baseball.  His ninth inning double…my call in the highlights (Nnnnuuhhhhooooohhhh!!!? The HECK does that even mean?) does not give it justice.  Just watch for it a little bit before the 1:00 minute mark.

Martin Viramontes was easily between 92-95 all four innings.  He struck out eight over four innings.  The three wild pitches in one inning to score two runs were not helpful, but the rest of the outing is a sign of progress.

The Midwest League Record for Strikeouts in a game, both clubs is 43.  That record was set on April 17, 1988 in a 19 inning game.  Waterloo (25) and Beloit (18) shared that record.  On June 5, 2013 – in a nine inning game – the Timber Rattlers (17) and the Snappers (16) combined for 33 strikeouts.

Beloit was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.  Wisconsin was 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Orlando Arcia struck out twice in Wednesday’s game.  It’s only the second time he has struck out twice in a game this season.  The last time was on April 23 against Quad Cities.

Beloit has 54 home runs this season.  They have hit 37 in their bandbox ballpark.  The homer by Daniel Robertson was just their 17th of the season on the road.

Beloit second baseman Christopher Bostick made two very similar plays to deny Wisconsin two runs.  In the third inning, Michael Reed was at second with two outs.  Adam Giacalone sent a hard grounder that looked like it was headed for right to knock in Reed.  Bostick made a diving stop, got to his feet, and threw out Giacalone at first for the final out of the inning.  In the ninth inning, Roache was at second with two outs.  Walla sent a hard grounder that looked like it was headed for right to knock in Roache.  Bostick made a diving stop, got to his feet, and three out Walla at first for the final out of the inning…and the game.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see that play wind up on the Snappers website courtesy of MiLB.TV.

Everything is okay. I found my green highlighter.  Started to freak out a little bit.  But, I found it.  Everything is okay.

Highlights for June 5, 2013:

One of four hits by Max Walla on Wednesday.

One of four hits by Max Walla on Wednesday.

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