Words have no power to impress – Postgame post – June 22, 2013

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. – Edgar Allan Poe

Byron Buxton triples in the 7th inning to put the Kernels up 7-3.

Byron Buxton triples in the 7th inning to put the Kernels up 7-3.

Kernels 8
Timber Rattlers 3
Boxscore | Game Story

In an alternate universe:  Jorge Lopez gets a strike called on the 0-2 pitch to Byron Buxton to start the game with a three-pitch strikeout.  Who knows where the game goes from there if that happens.  Unfortunately, Lopez tossed 94 pitches (55 strikes) in four innings and took the loss.

Weird play in the top of the second inning.  There were two outs and the bases were loaded.  Kepler hit a high fly ball that was slicing towards foul territory.  Victor Roache made a long run to get to the ball.  Then, he stopped at the foul line and reached to make the catch.  It looked like he was trying to catch a pass and keep his feet in bounds.  He made the catch, but it just looked…weird.


Tyrone Taylor doubled to extend his current hitting streak to seven games.  He is 14-for-23 (.609) in this streak.  In June, he is 31-for-66 (.470).  Taylor has scored 17 runs in 18 games with an OPS of 1.241.

Michael Reed extended his on base streak to 39* games with his infield single in the fifth inning.

Taylor Mangum struck out six in three innings.  He was one pitch away from three scoreless innings.  But, that one pitch is up in the photo at the top of the post.

File these next few entries under It Could Have Been Worse:

Travis Harrison stumbled coming around third base after a single by Adam Brett Walker in the top of the first.  That would have made it 4-0.

Dalton Hicks had runners at first and third with one out in the top of the second.  His line drive hit Jorge Polanco, the runner at first, between first and second for the second out.  That sent the runner from third back to third That would have made the score 5-1.

Cedar Rapids had runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth inning with a 5-1 lead.  Max Kepler cracked a  line drive and Chris McFarland made a leaping backhanded catch to retire Kepler for the final out.  That would have made the score 7-1.  You’ll see that play just past the :30 mark of the highlights.

The Kernels had 18 hits, went 9-for-24 with runners in scoring position, and still stranded 14 runners.  It could have been worse.

A note about the weather.  The Timber Rattlers and Kernels have dodged the rain in this series.  The Fox Cities has received rain every day since Thursday.  You can kind of tell how much rain by the way Roache’s triple hits the ground in right-center and spins back away from Buxton.  Instead of a high hop, the ball nearly plugs into the outfield. 

BUT, the rain has either fallen late at night or early in the morning and cleared out before each game.  There is a pretty impressive downpour falling right now with some lightning and thunder for effect.  Let’s just hope this moves out of here for a final game of the series and the Rattlers can get something rolling against the Kernels on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday’s Highlights:

*-I didn’t update the number to 39 in the original post.  It was 38 in the original post.

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