Keep climbing up that hill – Postgame post for June 7, 2013

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison

Mike Strong pitched well in a spot start.

Mike Strong pitched well in a spot start.

Beloit 3
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Friday night: The Snappers scored three runs with two outs. Beloit scored two unearned runs. The Timber Rattlers stranded seven runners. The Timber Rattlers only went down in order one time in nine innings.

The three game series: The Snappers scored eleven runs with two outs. Beloit scored eight unearned runs. The Timber Rattlers stranded 29 runners. The Timber Rattlers only went down in order three times in 27 innings.

Positives:
Tyrone Taylor with another three-hit night (3-for-3, BB, 2 2Bs, RBI). He is on a six-game hitting streak and is 12-for-23 (.521). This is officially a hot streak!

Adam Giacalone singled in the ninth to extend his current hitting streak to eight games (10-for-33). This is his longest hitting streak of the season.

Heads up play by Orlando Arcia in the third inning.  He slid around the tag (great slide, by the way), but missed the plate.  There was no signal from the plate umpire.  Arcia raced to touch second before Michael Ynoa realized what was happening.  Ynoa, the Beloit pitcher, was backing up the play and the ball came right to him.  He just started walking back to the mound and looked like he walked right by Arcia.  But, he never went to tag him.  Arcia touched the plate for the run to count.

Mike Strong deserved a better fate. He made one mistake and it happened after a mistake extended the inning. That put the Rattlers down 2-0 and they couldn’t come back.

The two hits that Taylor Mangum allowed were fly balls to the outfield in the twilight and both fielders got fooled on judging the ball off the bat. He too deserved a better fate*.

Alfredo Rodriguez put together a couple of quality at bats late in the game against Andres Avila. He fouled off four two-strike pitches with two outs in the sixth inning and battled through a ten-pitch at bat to draw a walk. In the ninth, he fouled off a pair of two-strike pitches before singling to right center to drive in Adrian Williams with Wisconsin’s second run of the game.

Mike Garza tripled to center in the second inning. He has five triples this season.

Jim Henderson. Yeah. That looked familiar. Thanks, Jim.  Good luck back in Milwaukee.

The Timber Rattlers keep battling.  They do not give up.  They have put themselves in position for plenty of runs.  They just haven’t had that one hit that breaks the logjam.  It’s going to happen.  They’ll keep plugging away and it will turn around for them.  Just keep doing work.

Clinton is in for three games beginning on Saturday night.  Come on out.

Highlights:

*-I may need to shorten that up a bit.  HDABF? Does that work for a shorthand of ‘He deserved a better fate’.

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