What we could become – Postgame post for June 30, 2013

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Find the ball.

Find the ball.

Kane County 4
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

I figured this was a record, I just wasn’t sure until I check the MWL Record Book:

Oh, by the way….

The Timber Rattlers had four sacrifice bunts as a team.   Chris McFarland also had a sac bunt in the second.  The Midwest League record for sacrifice bunts by a team is still safe.  Rest easy, 1949 Belleville Stags of the predecessor Mississippi-Ohio Valley League.  Your seven sacrifice bunts in a game on July 24 of that year is still untouched by those who seek to match it!

In the game story, I alluded to a pair of times Victor Roache was robbed of RBI.  Now, I will mention them and explain.  BULLET POINTS!

  • In the first, Roache drilled a line drive to center with Tyrone Taylor on second base and one out.  Roache crushed a line drive to center, but Oliver Zapata made a great running catch to rob Roache.
  • In the seventh, there were runners on first and second with one out.  Roache sent a hard grounder up the middle that looked like it would go through for an RBI single.  Gioskar Hernandez made a diving stop and flipped to second for the force out.

Michael Reed with a nice game: 2-for-3, stolen base, two walks, two runs.  But, he bit on a fake and got caught in the bottom of the seventh.  This was right after Roache had grounded into the force play at second.  Roache was at first and Reed was at third with two outs and Parker Berberet at the plate.  Roache took off for second base on the 0-2 pitch and was trying to draw a throw to get in a rundown to allow Reed to make a break for the plate.  Wilson Contreras faked hard on a throw to second and Reed made his move to the plate.  But, he was too far off the bag and Contreras threw to third for the pickoff to end the inning.

Speaking of Contreras, it looked like Harvey Martin struck him out in the top of the seventh.  Here’s the situation: Bases loaded, two outs, Rattlers lead 3-2 and Martin has Contreras in an 0-2 hole.  He fired a pitch that looked like strike three to end the inning.  But, the pitch was called a ball.  Contreras singled on the very next pitch to knock in the tying run.  Isn’t it always the way?

Now for your RDA of Tyrone Taylor:  He went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a hit batsman, and a walk.  His hitting streak has reached 14 games (25-for-58, .431).  This streak is the longest active streak in the MWL and tied with several other players for the second longest streak in the MWL this season.  Only Devon Travis of West Michigan has a longer streak (21 games).

Taylor wraps up his month of June (25 games) with eye-popping numbers.  42-for-96 (.438).  Nine doubles, a triple, three home runs, 13 RBI, 20 runs, six HBP, 10 walks and an OPS of 1.159.  Oh, and he only struck out nine times.  

Where are my Brewers Minor League Player of the Month nomination forms?

The Timber Rattlers had some really nice defense on Sunday. 

In the highlights, you will see:

 

  • Parker Berberet diving catch on a line drive (BTW, just his 9th game at first this season)
  • Heads up defense by Orlando Arcia as he covers third for a routine 5-3-6 double play as a runner took off for third after Garza made a nice play off the base.
  • Great  stop, turn, leap, throw by Rodriguez
  • And a nifty 4-6-3 double play

HIGHLIGHTS:

Get them tomorrow.

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