Sometimes you just gotta slide on the ice – Postgame Post for June 9, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice: pull down your pants, and slide on the ice. – Dr. Sidney Freedman

Yes. He said it….Twice. Once in season three and again in the Finale:

Clinton 9
Wisconsin 11
Boxscore | Game Story

I needed a break and I’ve been staring at this computer screen while there is a Perry Mason marathon on the TV and that quote from Sidney popped into my head as an ice-breaker for this post.

Baseball is a ridiculous game when you get right down to it. And sometimes…Well, you just have to pull down your pants and slide on the ice.  I mean…really…try to keep all this stuff straight without wanting to take a running start to slide down a sheet of ice at the local curling rink.

Tyrone Taylor homered in the first inning to give the Timber Rattlers their first lead since….June 2? The Rattlers led 7-5 at the end of the game on June 2. They were tied or behind for the next…45-1/2 innings.

Taylor with another multi-hit game. That makes an eight game streak in which he is 15-for-30.  He also reached base in four of his five plate appearances AND had a heads-up base running play to score a run in the top of the fourth.  He is up to .277 from .240 since the streak began on June 1.  His slash line in June is .500/.595/.767.

Big hits by Max Walla, Adam Giacalone, & Parker Berberet in the fourth inning put the Rattlers up 5-2.

Eric Semmelhack retired the first two batters in the top of the fifth.  He needed one more out to qualify for the win.  He didn’t get it.  Homer, single, stolen base, RBI single, RBI single, and walk knocked him out.  Taylor Wall came on and gave up a single and a bases loaded walk to force in a run for a 6-5 Clinton lead.

Fast forward to the eighth inning. The Rattlers are down 8-5.  They wind up sending 12 men to the plate and score six runs on … six walks … and some big hits to drive in runs.  That made me look like I know what I’m talking about….remember last night: Runs were out there for the Timber Rattlers.  They just need that one extra hit.

Well, they got more than one.

Adam Giacalone is on a ten game hitting streak.  He knocked in three runs on Sunday.  He’s at 14-for-41.  The double in the fourth inning was lined to right-center.  The two-run single to tie the game in the eighth was through the left side of the infield.  He’s up to .265 from .236 when the streak started.

Orlando Arcia had two plate appearances in the eighth inning.  He drew a four pitch walk to start the inning.  Then, he capped the frame with a line drive single on a 2-2 pitch to drive in two runs.

There was an issue with the highlights and that’s another reason I was waiting to start this post.  I really hope that the play Adrian Williams made in the top of the fifth makes it.  If he doesn’t make that play…who knows how many runs the LumberKings wind up scoring in that inning….at least two more.

I’ll post the highlights here if they show up later tonight.

A few photos:

Victor Roache cruises into home with the tying run after Adam Giacalone's single.

Victor Roache cruises into home with the tying run after Adam Giacalone’s single.

Adam Giacalone scores on the two-run single by Orlando Arcia in the eighth.

Adam Giacalone scores on the two-run single by Orlando Arcia in the eighth.

Parker Berberet congratulates Preston Gainey after the final out on Sunday.

Parker Berberet congratulates Preston Gainey after the final out on Sunday.

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