In the dim background – Postgame post for June 20, 2013

In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start. – William James

Byron Buxton v. Eric Semmelhack

Byron Buxton v. Eric Semmelhack

Cedar Rapids 3
Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Michael Reed singled in the fourth inning.  That extended his on-base streak to 37 games.  He is also hitting .301 on the season. 

While we were in the All-Star Break, Jordan Lennerton of Toledo did not reach base and his on base streak ended at 48 games.  That means Reed has the longest current on-base streak in minor league baseball.  It’s the third longest on base streak in baseball this season. 

Eric Semmelhack pitched his fourth quality start out of six starts this season.  But, the three runs he allowed on all came after there were two outs with none on base.  He struck out three, but walked four. 

He was helped out in the third inning on a double play that happened because Niko Goodrum thought there was no way that Tyrone Taylor was going to catch a pop fly into shallow left.  Come on, Niko.  I know you haven’t seen Taylor and the Rattlers since April, but…man!

Speaking of Taylor, there was a close play on a bunt in the fourth that went to the Kernels.  There was a runner at first and no outs in the bottom of the fourth.  Taylor bunted up the third base line.  Travis Harrison made a great barehand pick and throw to first to make it close and Taylor was called out.  The television replayed showed Taylor beat the play, but oh, well.  Who knows how the game goes if the call goes Wisconsin’s way.

Victor Roache hit the ball hard again on Thursday.  He was rewarded with a multi-hit game, his first since June 6.  Roache is also on a three-game hitting streak (4-for-12).

Here’s the thing.  Even down two runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Timber Rattlers managed to get the winning run to the plate against Caleb Brewer, a guy who pitched in the Carolina League for the Atlanta Braves affiliate all of last year and to start this year.  He was listed by Baseball America as a prospect in the Braves system after the 2011 season.  The Rattlers gave the Kernels a bit of a sweat in the ninth.  Some of these comebacks are due to happen at home at some point this season.

Speaking of home…the Rattlers are now 12-21 at home in 2013.

Check out the catch by Max Walla to start the highlights.

Video Highlights:

I'm telling you...stirrups are making a comeback!!

I’m telling you…stirrups are making a comeback!!

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