June 2013

Lineup & Game Notes – June 26, 2013

In baseball, there’s always the next day. – Ryne Sandberg

From the Lumber Lounge.

From the Lumber Lounge.

Follow tonight’s game:
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: I Heart Radio

First pitch: 7:00pm

Tonight’s Lineup:
Michael Reed – RF
Max Walla – 1B
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Victor Roache – LF
Mike Garza – 3B
Parker Berberet – C
Alfredo Rodriguez – DH
Chris McFarland – 2B
Orlando Arcia – SS

Lineup note: Max Walla is making the first start at first base in his pro career tonight. He made appearances at first base after defensive switches three times in 2012: 6/12 @ Clinton, 7/13 @ Lake County, & 8/28 @ Peoria.

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher: Eric Semmelhack
Clinton Starting Pitcher: Matt Anderson

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune262013

To win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats – Postgame post for June 25, 2013

The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats. – Theodore Roosevelt

Before the game on Tuesday.

Before the game on Tuesday.

Wisconsin 1
Clinton 2
Boxscore | Game Story

Leonard Lorenzo made it six innings in his first start since May 15.  This was his longest start of the season.  He got ahead of hitters early, but then missed the strike zone to those same hitters and saw his pitch count rise as he went deeper into counts.  He looked better than he did before he went on the DL, but he is still working on regaining the form that he showed early in the season.

But, it was a sequence of pitches in the bottom of the sixth that turned Wisconsin’s 1-0 lead into a 2-1 deficit.  Ketel Marte drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch.  Then, Lorenzo fell behind Dario Pizzano 1-0.  Lorenzo didn’t want to fall behind Pizzano 2-0.  The result was a line drive to right field for a tw0-run home run.  More on Pizzano later in the post.

Rodolfo Fernandez had his second scoreless outing since coming off the DL.  A couple of strikeouts and a couple of walks.  He also showed some patience in picking off Jabari Henry to erase an error in the bottom of the eighth.  Fernandez threw over to first about three or four straight times before throwing a pitch to Ketel Marte.  Then, when Henry thought there was no way that Fernandez would throw over there again, Fernandez caught him leaning and picked up off first base.

Tyrone Taylor was about a foot away from a 3-for-4 game, but Jabari Henry made a great catch in the eighth inning.  Instead, he [sarcasm] only [/sarcasm] went 2-for-4 on Tuesday night.  For the old school stats people: He raised his average to .307 and is ninth in the MWL in that category.  For the new school: OPS for the season is up to .821 for the season and 1.235

Victor Roach hit the ball on the nose three of the four times he was up on Tuesday.  The RBI single in the first was his only hit.  There was a liner right back to the belt buckle of Victor Sanchez in the third.  Sanchez got his glove in front of the ball and it hit him in the pocket of his glove and dropped to the mound for a 1-3 putout instead of well…going through him.  He’s getting ranged in for the second half.

I thought that I would back up an assertion in the game story about Dario Pizzano, enemy of the state:

Pizzano vs. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Greatest hits of 2013:
April 20 (Game 1): 2-run double in 3rd inning puts Clinton up 3-1. Clinton wins 4-2.
May 8 (Game 2): Leadoff double in top of 6th. Scores run that ties game 2-2. Clinton wins 4-2.
May 9 (Game 1): RBI 2B in 3rd puts Clint0n up 1-0. Leadoff double in 6th scores run and Clinton leads 3-0. Rattlers rally to win 4-3.
May 9 (Game 2): RBI 2B in 1st inning puts Clinton up 1-0. RBI 2B in 6th drives in final run of 7-0 Clinton win.
June 8: Walks three times, Scores three runs in 10-5 Clinton win.
June 25: Hits 2-run home run to put Clinton up 2-1. Clinton wins.

Get them tomorrow.

Lineup & Game Notes – June 25, 2013

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring. – David Bowie

Tuesday in Clinton, IA

Tuesday in Clinton, IA

Follow tonight’s game:
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: I Heart Radio

First pitch: 7:00pm

Timber Rattlers lineup:
Michael Reed – DH
Orlando Arcia – SS
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Victor Roache – LF
Max Walla – RF
Mike Garza – 3B
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Tyler Roberts – C
Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Leonard Lorenzo
LumberKings Starting Pitcher: Victor Sanchez

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune252013

Congratulations, JC Ramirez

Another former Timber Rattler has made his MLB debut.

JC Ramirez was with the Timber Rattlers in 2008, the final year of the affiliation with the Seattle Mariners.  On Sunday, he had an impressive inning against the New York Mets in his first appearance in the big leagues.  How impressive? He struck out the side in order.

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Ramirez was 6-9 with a 4.14 ERA and a BB:K of 38:113 in 124 innings pitched as a Timber Rattler in 2008.  He becomes the fifth pitcher and seventh player from that 2008 team to make it to The Show.

But, HOW did he wind up in the Phillies organization?  His callup article at Phillies.com reminds you that he was part of the December, 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners for Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont, and Tyson Gillies.

He’s been pitching at Lehigh Valley in the International league this season.  He made some adjustments and was ready for the call.

Ramirez is in the Majors for the first time, and he struck out the side in his first big league appearance Sunday against the Mets. He had a 6.53 ERA in 27 appearances at Triple-A, but said he worked with Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris on keeping his sinker down in the zone and his tempo with runners on base.

Ramirez said he thinks the adjustments made a difference. In his final eight games in the Minors, he had a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.

“I was working every day on my mechanics with Ray,” Ramirez said. “I felt like I saw the results — there weren’t as many stolen bases and I kept the game closer every time I went to the mound.”

There have been six former Timber Rattlers who have made their MLB debuts in 2013.  They are (in order of date):

Khris Davis – April 1 with Milwaukee
Josh Prince – April 6 with Milwaukee
Hiram Burgos – April 20 with Milwaukee
Caleb Thielbar – May 20 with Minnesota
Scooter Gennett – June 3 with Milwaukee
JC Ramirez – June 23 with Philadelphia

Here’s a link to the MLB.COM video of the three strikeouts he had to start his MLB Career.

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.

Lineup & Game Notes for June 23, 2013

Gray skies are just clouds passing over. – Duke Ellington

The rain has moved on so let's PLAY BALL!

The rain has moved on so let’s PLAY BALL!

You may follow the game:
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

First Pitch is 1:05pm.

Today’s Lineup:
Michael Reed – LF

Orlando Arcia – SS
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Victor Roache – DH
Mike Garza – 3B
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Max Walla – RF
Tyler Roberts – C
Adrian Williams – 2B

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher: Marco Estrada
Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher: Hudson Boyd

Wisconsin Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune232013
Cedar Rapids Game Notes: Kernels Game Notes (6-23)

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.

Positives:

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.

Lineup and Game Notes for June 22, 2013

There I was, back in the wild again
And I felt right at home where I belong
I had that feelin’ comin’ over me again
Just like it happened so many times before 

Ted Nugent, Fred Bear

Outdoors night!

Outdoors night!

You may follow the game several ways:
Television: My NEW32 Sports Showdown with Pregame at 6:30pm.
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

First Pitch is 7:05pm.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Michael Reed – RF
Alfredo Rodriguez – DH
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Victor Roache – LF
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Mike Garza – 3B
Orlando Arcia – SS
Parker Berberet – C
Chris McFarland – 2B

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Jorge Lopez
Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher: Brett Lee

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune222013
Cedar Rapids Game Notes: Kernels Game Notes (6-22)

Infinite Striving – Postgame post for June 21

Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands. – Mahatma Gandhi

June 21 2013 005

Cedar Rapids 5
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Game Story

For the second night in a row, the Timber Rattlers got the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. For the second night in a row, the Timber Rattlers fell just short.

These comebacks are going to start happening for the Rattlers.  They do not give up.  They keep striving and they just keep going after it until the last out…or in this case, the last hit.

I don’t think I have ever seen a game end on a base hit where a runner gets hit by the batted ball for the final out of the game. A new damndest thing I’ve ever seen.

It was great to see Chris McFarland break out on Friday. His 3-for-4 with a triple bumped his average to .247.

The play of the game tonight? Go back to the third inning. Tyrone Taylor had singled with one out. Victor Roache hit a slicing line drive to center. Byron Buxton was in center field and the ball kept tailing away from him. For all the world, the ball looked like it would drop in for at least an RBI double to tie the game 4-4. BUT, Buxton took one final stride, reached out to full extension…..and made the damn catch. The Rattlers would not threaten again until the ninth inning.

Speaking of Buxton…The Rattlers flew out to him seven times on Friday night.

Stay hot, Tyrone Taylor! 2-for-3 with a homer and being hit by a pitch. His numbers in 17 games during the month of June… 30-for-62 with 2 homers, six doubles, one triple, eight RBI, eight walks, 16 runs. OBP: .560; SLG: .710…That’s an OPS of 1.270….That’s pretty good, right?

Michael Reed walked in the first inning to extend his on base streak to 38 games. He has matched Jamal Austin of the High Desert Mavericks for the second longest on base streak in Minor League Baseball this season.

Tyler Wagner with a rough night: Six walks, 88 pitches/48 strikes in four innings.

Mike Strong can rack up the strikeouts when he has everything working. He had four in two innings.

Martin Viramontes worked in his changeup with his Low 90s fastball on Friday and the results were: 3IP, 2H, BB, 7K. His scoreless streak is has reached 10-1/3 innings over four outings. In those 10-1/3 scoreless frames, Viramontes has 17 strikeouts and just three walks. Keep an eye on this.

Defensively, the Rattlers had another errorless game. That’s three straight games – and 28-2/3 innings – without an error for the team.

Friday’s Highlights:
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Lineup, Transactions, & Game Notes – June 21, 2013

After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. After every storm, there comes clear, open skies. – Samuel Rutherford

The rain has moved through the area. Let's play ball!

The rain has moved through the area. Let’s play ball!

You may follow the game several ways:
Television: My NEW32 Sports Showdown with Pregame at 6:30pm.
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

First Pitch is 7:05pm.

 Tonight’s Lineup:
Michael Reed – RF
Orlando Arcia – SS
Tyrone Taylor – CF
Victor Roache – LF
Adam Giacalone – 1B
Mike Garza – 3B
Alfredo Rodriguez – DH
Tyler Roberts – C
Chris McFarland – 2B

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Tyler Wagner
Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher: Josue Montanez

Timber Rattlers Transactions:
RHP Damien Magnifico transferred from Wisconsin to Brevard County
RHP Leonard Lorenzo activated from Wisconsin’s Disabled List

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattlers_Roster_062113

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune212013
Cedar Rapids Game Notes: Kernels Game Notes (6-21)

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