The end of the beginning – Postgame post for June 16, 2013

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. – Winston Churchill

Not pictured: Third baseman Jeimar Candelario snaring the line drive off the bat of Mike Garza.

Not pictured: Third baseman Jeimar Candelario snaring the line drive off the bat of Mike Garza.

Timber Rattlers 2
Kane County 4
Boxscore | Game Story

The home run by Rock Shoulders in the fourth inning was ridiculous. At first it looked like a routine fly ball. Then, it looked like Tyrone Taylor would make the catch on the warning track. Then, it looked like Taylor might have a chance to rob Shoulders of a home run with a leaping catch at the wall.   Then, the ball banged off the message board above that BRANCH OUT sign in left-center. Ridiculous.

The next three batters had hits and the triple by Reggie Golden appeared to be a catchable ball on a high pop fly to shallow right. But, it dropped between three fielders and scored the final run of the inning for a 4-0 lead.

You want to see a shift?  Here’s Sunday’s Rademacher Shift:

Find the second baseman.

Find the second baseman.

Martin Viramontes with a pair of scoreless innings. That would run his scoreless streak to 7-1/3 innings over his last three outings.

Good to see Rodolfo Fernandez back on the hill. He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning in his first appearance since May 31.

The usuals:

Tyrone Taylor had a 2-for-4 day with a double and a walk.  In the ninth, he looked like he thought the 2-2 pitch was outside, but got rung up for strike three to end the game with the tying runs on base.  Still…his June numbers: 27-for-56 (.482). 6 doubles, triple, homer, seven RBI, 15 runs.  Taylor played 15 games in June.  His OPS: 1.237.  Do we still consider 15 games a small sample size?

Michael Reed singled twice and walked once.  His on base streak as we head into the All-Star Break is at 36 games.  That is now the second longest on-base streak in all of minor league baseball this season.  Jordan Lennerton of Toledo (International League) moved his on base streak to 47 games with a walk and a run scored on Sunday at Syracuse.

The first half ends with the Timber Rattlers at 29-36 and in seventh place in the Western Division.  Beloit won the division and Cedar Rapids won the wild card.  There will be three days to rest and relax for most of the team.  Austin Blaski, Ryan Gibbard, and Damien Magnifico will be at the All-Star Game in Dayton along with Matt Erickson and his staff. 

Then, the Rattlers will be fighting for a playoff spot with Peoria, Quad Cities, Clinton, Kane County, and Burlington. should have all the details on the All-Star Game.  The game should be available on their audio channel and through MiLB.TV.  I’ll link to it when I know more.

Two things to remember:

Monday is the new deadline to register for the Timber Rattlers Charity Golf Outing for the Miracle League of the Fox Valley.  The event will be held on June 24 at Shamrock Heights Golf Course in New London.  Details here.

The auction for the 2013 Star Wars Jerseys of Jono Armold, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Tyler Wagner is still running until Thursday.  Click here to bid.

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