Lessons learned – Postgame post for June 13, 2013
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. – John Wayne
The Timber Rattlers committed no errors in this doubleheader and just one error in 23 innings during the series. Good sign.
There was an opportunity in the first inning. Orlando Arcia doubled and Tyrone Taylor walked with one out. But, Michael Ynoa got a pair of strikeouts to end the chance. Wisconsin wouldn’t get another chance until the top of the seventh.
Hiram Burgos with two innings. He threw some breaking balls that Beloit hitters had no chance of hitting. The single that John Wooten hit off him in the second inning was a grounder back through the middle. Had Delgado hit the ball about three feet to the right, he would have had a home run. Instead the ball hit off the 16′ wall instead of going over the 8′ wall.
Mike Strong had better control. He struck out seven over four innings and walked one.
Unfortunately, Christopher Bostick has been kryptonite to Rattlers pitching this season. He hit a 2-run double in the fourth to make it 3-0. Bostick, who also drove in Beloit’s run in game two, is 10-for-24 with 12RBI in seven games against Wisconsin. Dude knocked in six runs in the series.
Victor Roache went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in game one. He is hitless in his last 25 at bats with eleven strikeouts. He did not play in game two. Matt likes Roache’s work ethic and toughness and expects him to bust out soon. When that happens….look the heck out!
Max Walla helped the Rattlers avoid the shutout with a two-out single to left. Always nice to see Max got to the opposite field
It probably wasn’t a surprise that Tyrone Taylor and Michael Reed got the Rattlers in front. Taylor ripped a double to left. Reed cracked a triple to right. Both with two outs.
Funny moment on the triple by Wooten on the triple. The ball got to the wall in the Rattlers bullpen. It looked like – and I can’t be completely sure because my sightline to that part of the field is horrible – the ball got to the wall and stopped there under the part of the bench that goes out over the leg. Wooten threw up his hands to say it was unplayable. Then, he made a move for the ball. Then, he held up his hands. Then, he realized he better -pick the ball up before it turns into an inside-the-park home run. Reed was going to have a triple the whole way, but it might have been a closer play.
Reed’s on-base streak is at 33 games. He’s tied for the longest on-base streak in the league this season. To give numbers to gauge the streak: AVG: .311 (41-for-132); OBP: .389; Runs: 19; Walks: 17; Doubles: 7; Triples: 5; Strikeouts: 33
If you heard the interview with Matt Erickson as we talked about Austin Blaski, Matt brought up that word…Pitchability. Yes. It’s a made up word, but it describes Blaski. He’s not a high velocity guy, but he can make the pitch to the location he wants to get the hitter out. Let’s look at the fifth inning when Beloit had pulled to within 2-1 and had runners on first and second and had only one out. First he went 3-2 on Wooten and got him to chase a pitch off the outside corner for strike three. Then, he got Renato Nunez to think that he hit a home run to put the Snappers up 4-2. Michael Reed caught the ball on the warning track to end the inning.
I gave Nunez a little ribbing because he did a quick little bat flip towards his dugout after he hit the ball because he really thought it was gone. It sounded good off the bat, but the ball was not carrying on Thursday. I though it was trouble, but Reed got back and made it look fairly routine to catch. Still…the bat flip was a little much.
Taylor Mangum got after it in the final two innings. He threw strikes. He let his defense do the work when he needed it and he got a couple of big strike outs (Roberts to end the sixth with two runners on base & Vertigan to start the seventh). His mustache is starting to become impressive.
A couple of well-played games for the Timber Rattlers. Now to carry it forward to the last three games of the half and finish strong.