Tomorrow is another one – Postgame post for June 15, 2013

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. – Dr. Seuss

The Rattlers watch the Jesse White Tumblers after Saturday's win at Kane County.

The Rattlers watch the Jesse White Tumblers after Saturday’s win at Kane County.

Timber Rattlers 11
Kane County 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Getting up 7-0 after two innings was nice. The innings had a different feel. In the first inning, the Timber Rattlers were patient and drew four walks. They were opportunistic. Victor Roache jumped on a first pitch after the second walk of the inning loaded the bases and cracked a sharp single to left to score two runs. In the second, there were four hits with Michael Reed and Adam Giacalone providing the run scoring hits.

Speaking of Reed, that’s a 35 game on-base streak. Two hits, two walks, two stolen bases, three RBI. Updated slashline for him is .297/.378/.416

Stay HOT, Tyrone Taylor! He went 3-for-6 with his 18th double of the season on Saturday.  Slashline for the season: .294/.350/.480.  Slashline for June: .481/.556/.673.

The Rattlers got into the Kane County bullpen in the first inning as they knocked Dillon Maples out of the game with 2 outs. Maples faced nine batters. The two outs were a caught stealing and a force out at second.

The bonus of getting into the bullpen early was seeing Felix Pena and his Blue Suede Shoes out there for three innings:

You can steal a base; hit my deuce; Make me pitch before I'm loose. But stay off of my blue suede shoes.

You can steal a base; hit my deuce; Make me pitch before I’m loose. But stay off of my blue suede shoes.

Here is the shift the Rattlers had on Dan Vogelbach in the fifth inning.

The Vogelbach Shift.

The Vogelbach Shift.

In the third inning, Vogelbach was up with runners at second and third with one out.   He scalded a ball to the left of second (as you look at it from behind home plate).  Arcia, the shortstop playing to the right (as you look at it from behind home plate) of second, ranged over, made a diving stab, got to his feet, and threw out Vogelbach at first base.  The runner from third scored.  The runner from second eventually scored later in the inning.  But defensive play by Arcia got the second out of the inning.  Imagine the momentum that the Cougars would have had with a 2-run single by Vogelbachand instead of an RBI grounder.

Here’s the puzzler:  If the defense is playing straight up (aka without the shift), does Arcia make that play?

Preston Gainey went five innings, his longest outing of the season, and picked up the win.  He pitched well with the lead.  He didn’t try to be too fine with his pitches.  As a result he only walked two in five innings to earn his first win as a starting pitcher.  His fast ball was sitting 91-92 and there was some movement.

The errorless streak ended at 29-2/3 innings.  Bijan Rademacher had a bunt single in the seventh and Mike Garza tried to make a throw that he shouldn’t have and it wound up sailing to right to let Rademacher take second.  The new errorless streak ended at one inning.  Marco Hernandez had a bunt single and Brent Dean tried to make a throw that he shouldn’t have and it wound up sailing into right to let Hernandez take second base.

BUT, each time the Cougars had that runner at second with one out, Eric Semmelhack retired the next two batters to keep the Rattlers up 8-4.  The only mistake Semmelhack made in the four innings he pitched on the way to his first professional save was a ball that Rademacher lost with two outs in the ninth inning…lost as in…that ball cleared the roof of the picnic deck in right field.  The only ball that way I have seen hit farther was a ball that Adrian Gonzalez hit off Tim Burton in 2001.

Three wins in a row for the Timber Rattlers.  I almost wish that the end of the first half wasn’t after Sunday.  The team is playing very good baseball right now.  But, three days off will probably help everyone  rest, relax, and re-focus.

Oh…did I mention the Zooperstars! were at the game?

Tim Tebull.

Tim Tebull.

Dick Flytale & Yao Flamingo

Dick Flytale & Yao Flamingo

YAAAAAH! HIS HEAD! WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS HEAD???!??!

YAAAAAH! HIS HEAD! WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS HEAD???!??!

One more from the Jesse White Tumblers!

I would stick around after a game to watch this.

I would stick around after a game to watch this.

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