We are all apprentices – Postgame post for June 23, 2013

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. – Ernest Hemingway

Victor Roache's first hit on Sunday.

Victor Roache’s first hit on Sunday.

Cedar Rapids 13
Wisconsin 9
Boxscore | Game Story

I’ll fill this in later. It’s been a long day and I need to do some things.

UPDATE! See below the highlights for a few things I’ve been thinking about after Sunday’s game.

UPDATE after the UPDATE, but placed above the first UPDATE:  FOX 11 has Marco Estrada’s post-rehab appearance press conference.

For now, here are Sunday’s Highlights:

I’ve been staring at this computer screen and been trying to come up with something clever to say but my brain melted somewhere in the sixth inning.  You can probably tell exactly where in the game story that I wrote up for the Rattlers website I hit the wall. 

I’ll go to a bit of a crutch and post two tweets I put up late in Sunday’s onslaught sum up the season series and Sunday’s game:

That is ridiculous….No…What’s ridiculous is that they were hitting .269 as a team going into Saturday’s game.  Thirty-one hits over the next TWO GAMES raised their batting average to .275.  They moved their TEAM BATTING AVERAGE SIX POINTS IN TWO DAYS! 

In the words of Juba from Gladiator, I didn’t know men could build such things.

Let’s move on to the Timber Rattlers…by comparing the the ways they took advantage of opportunities to the way the Kernels did early in the game.  Bullet Points!

  • The Rattlers had the bases loaded with one out in the first.  They only scored a run because the third baseman stepped on third, threw home instead to first, and the catcher treated the play at the plate as a force play instead of a tag play.
  • The Rattlers had runners on the corners and no outs and Adrian Williams dropped a really nice safety squeeze to get a run home.
  • The Rattlers had the bases loaded and one out in the third inning.  They scored two runs. One on a walk and one an infield grounder.

Now, the Kernels

  • They had two outs and none on in the third inning and collected seven straight hits to score five runs.

Cedar Rapids had the bases loaded with two outs and Niko Goodrum at the plate.  Goodrum singled, but hit Buxton with the batted ball to end the inning.  If that ball gets through, two more runs score and … I don’t want to think about this anymore.

Victor Roache with three hits, four home runs, and a long home run.  He has quietly been building his batting average back up after that long hitless streak.   Roache was down to .207 he is back up to .221.  Plus, Sunday was his first home run since May 31.  Like I said, when he gets ranged in…look out.

Speaking of long home run droughts….Welcome back, Tyler Roberts!  Country had three hits, homered,…and DREW A WALK!  I talked to him a bit on Thursday when he got to the ballpark and he said that he was healthy and he was FINALLY hitting.  That was the thing about baseball about which he was happiest.  If he can keep hitting and round that in with his arm and his defensive skills….I know, small sample size.  But, still really nice to see.

Michael Reed’s on base streak ended at 39 games.  he went 0-for-5 and grounded into a pair of double plays.  He only worked past four pitches in one of his at bats.  This is unusual.  He has been doing a nice job with working deep into counts and working walks.  I would have thought that with the Kernels starter handing out walks like they were Papa handing out short, declarative sentences, that Reed would have drawn at least one.

Tyrone Taylor.  Two more hits. Two more runs.  One more double.  His OPS in June is now 1.248.  Pretty good.  Yep, pretty good. (Note: This is understatement.  This is FAN-freaking-TASTIC).  Take the day off on Monday, Tyrone Taylor.

Oh, right.  Everyone take the day off on Monday.

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